I am a HUGE fan of our typical meatloaf, but when I saw this recipe by Giada De Laurentiis, I knew I wanted to try it! My biggest obstacle was getting Mike on board. He isn't a fan of feta typically and I have never seen him eat a sun dried tomato before, but he said he would give it a whirl if I wanted it. I'm glad that he approved (he is glad too) because this meatloaf was so yummy! It was surprisingly really moist too! If you are looking for a good turkey meatloaf recipe I would recommend this one!
What you Need:
- 20 oz (1.3 lbs) ground turkey (I used 93/7, a little fat is good)
- 1/2 yellow onion
- 3 cloves garlic (more or less depending on your taste)
- 1/2 c feta
- 1/3 c sun dried tomatoes
- 1/3 c parsley
- 1/2 c bread crumbs
- 2 eggs
- 2 tbs 1/2 and 1/2 or heavy cream
- salt and pepper
Dice the onion and garlic really fine. Try not to cut your finger like I did! I swear I was acting like it was the first time in the kitchen last night!
In a mixing bowl, add the turkey, parsley and tomatoes. You don't have to make it look like an awesome Italian flag like I did!
Add in the breadcrumbs...
* a note about the feta...next time I make this recipe I want to add 3/4 c. I felt like it could use a bit more. Do what makes you happy!
two eggs...sans shells...
2 tbs of 1/2 and 1/2 (or eye ball it)
This was a last minute decision. I gave a couple good shakes of red pepper flakes. I think it added a really nice kick to the meat loaf!
Mix well, but do not over mix or the meat will get tough. I had to get Mike to mix it because of my boo boo thumb :(
You can see all the beautiful bits coming through! SO EXCITED!
Spray a 9x5 loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray. Put meat mixture in the greased pan and pat to flatten.
Bake in a pre-heated 375 degree oven for 45-50 minutes.
Flip the meatloaf out on to a cutting board and cut in to desired size slices. I cut them more generous for Mikey Bear...he is a growing boy!
You can see all the different elements coming through. It is fun that not every bite is the same.
I served it with a side of creamy pasta. Other good options would be creamed spinach, mashed potatoes or green bean casserole! Anything you typically like with meatloaf! I just wanted something that was "wet" since there was no sauce on the loaf.
I hope that you like this as much as we did! It turned a doubter (Mike) in to a believer! I have never had a turkey meatloaf turn out so moist. The only changed I would make next would be to add more feta and spinach. I originally thought to add spinach, but being a blond, I forgot to buy it...