Not Your Ordinary Meatloaf

This dish is one of my favorite comfort foods and perfect for a cold night. Cold is a feeling I have not experienced in a while. As I’m writing this, it is 79 degrees here and a frigid 12 degrees at home. I think I made a wise choice moving south. (We’ll see how I feel about that choice in August…I don’t know if I can handle temperatures above 100!)

Anyways back to food: this recipe features one of my favorite combinations of sun dried tomatoes and feta and uses ground turkey as a healthier alternative to the traditional ground beef used in meatloaf. It is full of flavor and would be a great recipe for meatballs as well!

Turkey Meatloaf with Feta and Sun-Dried Tomatoes (thanks Giada!)

Ingredients

Vegetable cooking spray
1/2 cup plain bread crumbs (gluten free or regular)
1/3 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup chopped garlic and herb-marinated sun-dried tomatoes
2 cloves garlic, minced, optional
2 eggs, at room temperature, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons whole milk
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 pound ground turkey, preferably dark meat

Preparation Instructions

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 9 by 5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, stir together the bread crumbs, parsley, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, if using, eggs, milk, feta, salt, and pepper.

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Add the turkey and gently stir to combine, being careful not to overwork the meat.

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Carefully pack the meat mixture into the prepared pan and bake until the internal temperature registers 165 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer, about 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and slice. Put on a serving platter and serve.

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