Yet another holiday is upon us – the Yuletide, Christmas – the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.
In my family that usually means some pretty awesome food. There are some years when life, illness or other circumstances intervene with the best-laid plans and we may have to come up with something different from our “traditional” menu. That’s okay with me because variety is the spice of life.
We tend to think of turkey as the Thanksgiving main event, but in our house turkey shows up with ham on Christmas.
So, what to do if you don’t have the time, patience or know how to cook a whole bird? Cooking a turkey can be daunting for some people – especially for the first time.
Do I have a great solution! A turkey meatloaf that combines several of the flavors of a traditional holiday dinner and produces a wonderfully tasty, lean meatloaf. You will have the tastes you crave for the holiday in a fraction of the time.
This has probably become my favorite meatloaf. If we have leftovers, we take King Hawaiian Rolls, split them open, spread mayo on one side and a little coarse grain mustard on the other side and produce sliders born this side of heaven.
Tasty Turkey Meatloaf
2 pounds ground turkey
1 – 6 ounce box chicken flavor Stove Top stuffing
1 bottle low-fat roasted turkey gravy
1/2 cup carrots, diced
1/2 cup sweet onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup heart celery, diced
2 teaspoons minced garlic
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 eggs, beaten
1/3 cup milk
1/2 cup craisins
1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Spray a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add carrots, onion, and celery. Saute until vegetables begin to soften – about 8 minutes.
3. Add the garlic and continue to saute another 2 minutes.
4. Add a pinch or two of kosher salt and pepper and 4 tablespoons of the low-fat roasted turkey gravy. Continue cooking 2 more minutes.
5. Remove vegetables from the heat and cool.
6. While vegetables are cooling, place the ground turkey into a large bowl. Add the Stove Top stuffing, beaten eggs and milk. Using your hands combine these ingredients until well mixed.
7. Next, add the cooked vegetables, the craisins, the dried thyme, poultry seasoning, kosher salt and ground black pepper. Use your hands to combine these ingredients throughout the turkey mixture.
8. Pour turkey mixture into the loaf pan and make sure it is formed evenly in the pan.
9. Spread evenly about 5 to 7 tablespoons of the turkey gravy of the top of the meatloaf.
10. Place pan in the oven and bake 40 minutes or until meat thermometer reaches 165 degrees when inserted in the center of the meatloaf.
11. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 5 minutes.
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