A moist and mouthwatering Turkey Meatloaf by the Barefoot Contessa herself
Unlike a traditional meatloaf, this recipe uses turkey - a lighter but equally tasty alternative.
Always a crowd-pleaser, meatloaf is so easy to prepare that it's a mom-pleaser too!
You can whip up this hearty recipe in just fifteen minutes, leaving you with enough time to kick up your feet for a while (or clean the bathroom, fold the laundry, vacuum the house... you get where we are coming from!).
This recipe includes the traditional ketchup topping, but if you want to amp up your glaze, you only need a couple more ingredients and just a few extra minutes.
In addition to ketchup, why not try adding...
- Brown sugar
- Finely chopped garlic
- Onion powder
- Salt & pepper to taste
Just mix all the above ingredients together with the ketchup and coat the top of your meatloaf before cooking.
Once cooked, this glaze is bursting with flavor and gives your meatloaf a beautiful caramelization, taking this traditional recipe to the next level.
Here are a few more tips to help you create the perfect meatloaf.
- Avoid over-mixing the meat, as it creates a dense meatloaf rather than a juicy one!
- For quick clean up (who doesn’t like the sound of that?!), line your loaf pan with parchment paper so you can easily lift the meatloaf out once done. Then you can give the pan a quick wipe, rather than spending time scrubbing it!
- Before slicing, we recommend leaving the meatloaf to cool for 10 minutes. This allows it to retain its shape, resulting in perfect slices.
If you do have any leftovers, there are plenty of fun ideas to help you use them up:
- Breakfast Hash - crumble your meatloaf with onions and diced veggies of your choice, saute and serve with a fried egg!
- Stuffed Peppers - cut the tops off sweet peppers, clean out the seeds and fill with crumbled meatloaf, cooked rice, shredded cheese and a bit of tomato paste. Bake and serve!
- Add crumbled meatloaf to your Mac & Cheese
- Meatloaf Sandwich - add sliced meatloaf and fillings of your choice to a sandwich for a quick and hearty lunch!
We don’t recommend freezing cooked meatloaf, so if you are making a meal ahead of time, prep your meatloaf as you normally would, but wrap tightly once pressed into the pan and freeze the raw loaf.
When you are ready to cook it, thaw fully in the fridge, and bake according to the recipe.