As we have noted many times, multi-generational families can be a challenge when it comes to meals – everyone has their own taste. But here is a glazed turkey meatloaf that everyone loves – comfort food at its best (even if it is healthy!) The secret is making the glaze ahead and adding some into the mix. You could also make this recipe with equal parts beef and turkey.
Glaze – make ahead
4 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 small can tomato paste
1 Tablespoon organic ketchup
2 Tablespoons cider vinegar
2 Tablespoons brown sugar or honey
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
In a saucepan, sauté the garlic in oil on medium until translucent. Stir in tomato paste, ketchup, vinegar, honey, Worcestershire, and mustard. Blend well, bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally for 2 minutes. Set aside.
1 large onion, chopped
2 carrots, diced
2 celery stalks, chopped
1/2 red or orange bell pepper, chopped
(optional) 1 cup fresh mushrooms, rough chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil, separated
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves (1/2 teaspoon dried)
1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
3/4 cup chicken stock
2 pounds ground turkey breast
2 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup Glaze (from above)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
In a sauté pan, over medium heat, cook all the vegetables in 2 Tablespoons of olive oil until translucent, approximately 15 minutes. Add the thyme, Worcestershire sauce, chicken stock, salt and pepper and stir well.
Combine the ground turkey, egg, panko, glaze and sautéed vegetable mixture in a large bowl. Mix well – use your hands if you want! Shape into a rectangular loaf, spread the remainder of oil on a baking sheet pan. Place the loaf on the pan and spread the glaze evenly on top. Bake for 11/2 hours or until the internal temperature is 160˚ F.
Serve hot with mashed potatoes and a salad, and you have the epitome of Sunday dinner comfort food. Leftovers are great cold in a sandwich.