Saturday, March 20, 2010

Brides First Recipe- Meat Loaf vs Turkey Loaf

Now the first recipe is from the can try it and see what you think.  The 2nd recipe is the one I make now only with ground turkey, I know you can buy the seasoned turkey but don't for the recipe.  I will show what I use to "doctor" my meat. :-)

There are days for steak and days for meat loaf.  This is the *best* recipe around for meatloaf. (according to the author).  If it is an elegant occasion, you can call it a country beef terrine.  You do not need to change the recipe. Serves 4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1 lb or pound ground beef
1/2 t. salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 slices of firm textured (Arnold or Pepperidge Farm) bread
1/2 C. parsley
1 t. oregano or chervil
1 egg
2 T. oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 T. soy sauce
4 slices of bacon
1 T. tomato paste

Place the beef in a bowl.  Break it up but do not handle it too much or the meat loaf will become compact and heavy.  Add the salt and pepper.  Place 1/2 slice of bread, broken into small pieces in the blender.  Add a little of the parsley.  Turn on the motor.  The blender will chop the parsley and form breadcrumbs, saving you a great deal of effort. Continue until all the bread and parsley is used.   Add to the beef.  Add the oregano or chervil and the egg, lightly beaten.  Fry the onion and garlic in hot oil for 3 minutes and add to the beef with the tomato paste and soy sauce.  Place in a 7" x 4" loaf pan.  Cover with bacon slices and cook in a preheated 350 degree oven for 1 hour.  Pour off the fat and serve hot with a tomato sauce or slice and serve cold.  


My Favorite Turkey Loaf

*Just an added note before I begin the recipe, I don't use exact measurements so you may have to experiment with the herbs and spices to suit your taste buds.  I hope you'll enjoy.*

1 to 1-1/2 lbs of ground fresh turkey
1/2 tsp. salt
Dash of dried parsley flakes
Pinch of Cavender's All Purpose Greek Seasoning
1/8 tsp. of Salt-Free Mrs. Dash Seasoning Blend
1 jar of (your favorite) chunky Salsa (we like mild)
1 small plop of Honey Barbecue Sauce (I use Kraft)
Sometimes I add in rolled oats or bread crumbs to the mixture but I didn't last evening when I made it and it turned out wonderful! 

*Turkey is a moist type of meat and I have found doesn't require the use of eggs or milk*

Place the turkey meat in a bowl big enough to mix in.  Add in all of the dry ingredients first, you can mix with your hand or use a wooden spoon, careful not to handle the meat too much, just so the herbs are properly mixed throughout.   Now the fun part.  You're going to dump in about half of a 16 oz. jar of salsa on top of the turkey mixture, then add a plop of honey barbecue sauce.  Stir or fold into the turkey meat just until its not too saucy looking.  Don't forget to preheat your oven to 350 degrees, then find a loaf pan of your choice- either metal or glass works great.  Place handfuls of meat in the pan spread out in a rounded mound-like loaf.  Your turkey meat mixture should not look like chunky cake batter...if it looks like this then you added in way too much salsa.  (Be brave-just add in more turkey meat if you have it).   
So just set the clock timer to 1 hour and viola you've got yourself a meal.  This Turkey Loaf is good served with any side dish...we like fried potatoes or green beans, whatever you want to serve.   Delicious served cold too, makes for some super sandwiches!  

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