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Meatloaf {sorta} Just Like Mom Used To Make

Meatloaf {sorta} Just Like Mom Used To Make
Mom’s meatloaf’s distant cousin

I say SORTA because I took my Mom’s original recipe and made several changes – so many, in fact, that my version is but a distant cousin to hers. Maybe the title should be “Definitely NOT Mom’s Meatloaf!” The most significant change is that I use ground turkey instead of beef, and as such, the seasonings are different.

Preheat the oven to 350°.  Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, combine:

  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 package (1.25 lb) ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/4 cup Cajun Power Garlic Sauce (or Heinz 57 Sauce if you can’t find it)
  • 1/2 packet dry onion soup mix (or a full packet if you like, the turkey can use the salt)
  • A few dashes seasoned salt
  • Coupla dashes pepper
  • Coupla dashes poultry seasoning, thyme, and/or herbes de provence (whatever tickles your fancy at the time)

And when I say “combine,” I mean squish and squeeze the ingredients together with your hand(s) – it’s fun! Form the mixture into a loaf in the middle of a glass baking dish, and place in the oven. Bake for 20 minutes.

Sauce goes over the meatloaf during cooking

Combine 1 can tomato sauce, 1 can diced tomatoes, coupla dashes of worcestershire sauce, and a coupla dashes of poultry seasoning/thyme/HdP.  Pour the sauce over the meatloaf and return to the oven. Bake until cooked through, another 30-40 minutes.

All ready to be served with mashers and peas!

I always like to serve the meatloaf with garlic/sour cream mashed potatoes, and in terms of timing, I start the potatoes (unpeeled and quartered) when I pour the sauce over the meatloaf, and they are boiled and mixed by the time the meatloaf is ready. I also love serving meatloaf and mashed potatoes together with cooked petite peas.

2 thoughts on “Meatloaf {sorta} Just Like Mom Used To Make”

  • YUM! We just had the best dinner. It was inspired by your meatloaf recipe. I used ground beef (80/20) and some hot Marita Ranchera salsa in place of the garlic sauce. Served it with steamed then smashed cauliflower. Thanks Bry!

  • Awesome recipe. I’ve made this both with beef and turkey. Tastes almost the same and turkey is healthier, so I’d say go with the recipe as posted. Thanks!

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