I grew up hating meatloaf. My mom's meatloaf was dry and tasteless and it was probably my least favorite meal.
But one day in college, my roommates (who also disliked meatloaf) and I randomly decided to try a turkey meatloaf recipe. It came out so moist and flavorful, we were sold. Ever since then, I had been wanting to try and make turkey meatloaf again.
I like using ground turkey because is much healthier than your standard ground beef but does not lack flavor.
BETTER TURKEY MEATLOAF
recipe adapted from here
1 onion, diced
1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
4 cloves garlic minced
1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1/2 c. ketchup
1 lb. ground turkey
handful parsley, chopped
3/4 c. panko breadcrumbs
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/4 c. water
1 1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
In pan, heat oil two tablespoons of oil over medium-high. Add onions and a pinch of salt and chili flakes. Mix well and cook until onions are caramelized. Add two cloves of garlic and cook for one minute. Add balsamic and ketchup, mix well and cook for about two minutes. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper. Let cool.
In mixing bowl, combine turkey, parsley, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, remaining garlic, and olive oil. Moisten with water and mix again. Add half of cooled sauce to mixture and let sit for thirty minutes. Preheat oven to 375° F, form meat mixture into a loaf on a baking sheet. Spread remaining sauce over top and spread evenly and bake for 35 - 40 minutes.
I served along side garlic mashed cauliflower.