August 4, 2010 by Dana
I’m not a chicken. You’re a turkey!
Anyone else remember that D.A.R.E. commercial? That’s the first thing that popped into my head when I saw that this week’s blogger secret ingredient is ground turkey. It just always struck me as so funny. I’m probably the only one who even remembers it, and you probably think I’m crazy. Nothing new.
Anyway, you’re a turkey if you don’t go home and make this Mozzerella Stuffed Turkey Meatloaf for dinner. Tonight. I know that some people are not big fans of using ground turkey, as it can easily get dried out in the cooking process, but the addition of spinach and grated onion to the turkey meat keeps it moist and tasty. (The gooey cheesy layer in the middle doesn’t hurt either!)
1 pounds ground turkey breast
10 ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed well to remove any excess water
1 onion, minced
¼ cup seasoned dry bread crumbs
¼ cup fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 egg whites
½ tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
½ cup grated part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/8 cup parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoons Dijon mustard
The original recipe for this meatloaf is from Shape magazine, but, as always, I did make a few changes (the addition of a second flavor of cheese, for one… when it comes to cheese, more feta/chedda/whateva makes everything betta!)
1. Preheat oven to 375° F. In a large bowl, combine turkey, spinach, onion, bread crumbs, parsley, oregano, egg whites, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Mix well.
2. Press half of mixture into an 8-inch loaf pan. Top bottom half with grated mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Press remaining turkey mixture over top and flatten to make an even layer. Whisk together ketchup and mustard and spread mixture over prepared meatloaf.
3. Bake 1 hour, until top is golden and loaf has pulled slightly away from sides of pan. Let stand 10 minutes, then slice into 6 equal pieces and serve.
This recipe came out even better than expected… it was moist and had tons of flavor. Even Jake, who usually prefers beef over turkey, said that I should make this again. That’s a rave review, folks. Next time, I may try to sneak some grated zucchini or other veggies in as well, for more moisture and another layer of flavor. Yum!
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