Meatloaf is one of the most comforting foods to eat. I remember growing up that I didn’t really like meatloaf and I would dread the dinners that we had with it and mashed potatoes. I remember my dad trying to pass off a meatloaf sandwich to take to school for lunch the next day and me begrudgingly refusing. As I got older I actually began to love meatloaf (I still am not a fan of mashed potatoes) and this was my first attempt to make it. Traditionally meatloaf is made with ground beef, but I chose ground turkey for this recipe because it is healthier. The ingredients I used in this loaf was to try to create the flavors of a Thanksgiving turkey without having to roast a whole turkey in the oven for 4 hours.
Please keep in mind this is recipe is a foundation for meatloaf and you should feel free to use whatever you have in your kitchen; for example I had half of a red onion in the fridge and I used that instead of a yellow onion. Add bacon or sausage to the loaf to give it more flavor or use BBQ sauce as a glaze; the possibilities are endless.
- 1 1/2 lbs ground turkey (use ground chicken or beef if you choose)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 2 tbs ketchup
- 1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2-3 sprigs fresh rosemary, off the stem and chopped
- 2 tbs ground sage
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.