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When Peanut learned I was making this recipe tonight I heard her say, "Yes! I was hoping daddy would make that." So this one is tested and approved:
I have taken some liberties with the original Cooking Light recipe, which you can find here. They call it "quick." But it takes longer than they say, probably because I use turkey instead of ground sirloin since I don't eat red meat often. When I do, I want to make it count (like a nice juicy steak or a good bread-sopping stew.) To me, meatloaf isn't worth it. But this quick and easy recipe is definitely tasty and worth it:
- 1/3 cup chopped onions
- 3 tablespoons dry breadcrumbs
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1 1/3 pound ground turkey
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 6 tablespoons ketchup, divided
- Cooking spray
- Preheat oven to 400°.
- Combine first 9 ingredients in a large bowl; add 1/4 cup ketchup. Mix turkey mixture with hands just until combined. Shape beef mixture into a loaf on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 25 minutes. Brush top of meat loaf with remaining 2 tablespoons ketchup. Bake 10-15 additional minutes or until done. Slice loaf into 8 equal pieces.
Making it "Peanut-friendly:"
- I use regular onion instead of green because she "doesn't like the green stuff."
- Ground Turkey instead of beef. I use a whole package of turkey and adjust the remaining ingredients accordingly since a package is usually 1 1/3 lbs.
- Since turkey is drier than beef, I use real mustard to make it juicer.
- Sometimes I eliminate the ketchup and use Worchestershire sauce.
- I serve it with steamed broccoli or a mesclun salad with apple and walnuts (oil & vinegar), and rice or homemade mashed potatoes.
- Heat oven first, then form your the meatloaf. Saves time and sanity. While meatloaf cooks, make your sides.
I "eyeball" things a lot. I don't do a lot of measuring. I like to experiment and add a splash of this here and a splash of that there. So use this as a guideline. Also, because My Director is a salt fiend, I under-salt everything. Hope you and your family likes it as much as mine does. Let me know how it turns out!
- Should all be done in 40-45 minutes.