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Turkey Meatloaf Recipe
with chunky vegetables & spicy glaze


Turkey Meatloaf Recipe & Wine Pairing

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 6
Under 400 Calories!  Calories per Serving: 372

Lean ground turkey makes this Turkey Meatloaf Recipe a healthy alternative to a 'classic' version with beef. A spicy, thick glaze keeps the meat most, and thick-chopped vegetables are both flavorful and add a tasty crunch. This is a weekday staple in our home because it makes terrific leftovers and sandwiches.

Our Turkey Meatloaf is very wine-friendly, and we enjoy it with a light-bodied, spicy red wine. A heavy red would overpower the flavor of the turkey, and spicy flavors play up the heat of the glaze. A classically styled Pinot Noir is an excellent choice, but a Chianti or lighter Zinfandel would also pair nicely.

Wine Pairing

2005 J Wine, Pinotage,
Russian River Valley

Light in body yet full on the palate, with lots of complex smoky, spicy and earthy flavors.  ($38)

2006 Mirassou Pinot Noir, California
An elegant style with bright red fruit flavors and nice acidity. Becomes more expansive with food. 

Turkey Meatloaf Ingredients:

2 lbs lean ground turkey
2 eggs
4 stalks of celery
2 large carrots
1 red bell pepper
1/2 vidallia or yellow onion
1 cup flavored breadcrumbs
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp dried basil
1/2 cup ketchup
1 tbsp hot sauce
1 tbsp worcestire sauce

Turkey Meatloaf Cooking Instructions:

1.) Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

2.) Chop the celery, carrots, bell pepper and onion. For a chunkier texture, leave pieces larger - around 1/4" squares - (our preferred style for this recipe). If you prefer a finer texture, chop into smaller pieces. Add to a large mixing bowl with the turkey, eggs, breadcrumbs and spices. Mix well.

3.) Mixture can be baked in a large loaf pan, or form a loaf on a baking sheet.

4.) Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes, on a lower rack in the oven. Remove from oven and reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees.

5.) In a small bowl, mix ketchup, hot sauce and worcestire sauce. Apply in a thick layer to the top of the loaf, and sides if using a baking sheet.

6.) Bake for 1 hour, 15 minutes and slice to serve.

Next Recipe:  Turkey Shepard's Pie



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