Monday, October 22, 2012

Turkey Parmesan Meatloaf

I saw a recipe on Pinterest for Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf and it sounded really yummy.  Unfortunately, I didn't have ground chicken in my freezer at the time, but I did have a pound of ground turkey so Turkey Parmesan Meatloaf was invented.  This meatloaf was really good.  It had a lot of flavor and I really enjoyed the taste of the pasta sauce in place of ketchup.  Give it a try, I think it will be a family favorite.

Turkey Parmesan Meatloaf
adapted from: What's Cookin Chicago?

1 lb ground turkey (or chicken)
1 egg
1/4 cup breadcrumbs (I took a couple of pieces of white bread and ground it up in my food processor)
1 1/2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning mix
1-2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 small onion, finely diced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup Provolone cheese, grated or finely diced
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 cup pasta sauce, homemade or store bought
1/2 cup shredded Italian cheese blend

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease a loaf pan with cooking spray, set aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey, egg, breadcrumbs, Italian seasoning, garlic, onion, salt pepper, Parmesan and Provolone cheese.  Try not to over mix the meat or it will get tough.  I always use a hand to mix the ingredients, don't be afraid to get your hands dirty when making meatloaf.
3. Place mixture in the greased loaf pan and form into a loaf.  Top the meatloaf with pasta sauce.
4. Place filled loaf pan on a baking sheet and bake 40-45 minutes.  Remove from oven and sprinkle the top with remaining cheese.
5. Place the meatloaf back in the oven and bake until the cheese is melted.
6.Remove the meatloaf from the oven and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.

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