Sunday was my boyfriend’s birthday. However, if you did check out my workout week 3 update, we had a very sick morning to start things off. He started off feeling sick and skipping work while after tending to him, at noon, I didn’t feel so well either. After that, things managed to taper off as the meds did their work and with some rest (for my boyfriend) and some busying and relaxing about (for me), I picked up my spirits and started cooking. Although the original plans of making chicken pot pie was diminished, I used what we had at hand to make my first meatloaf ever! Keep in mind, I come from a Chinese family, eating meatloaf is not on the menu, rice is 😉
I made this turkey meatloaf with onions and herbs from the Looneyspoons Collection. I aim to cook through that book this year and I think its pretty doable.
This is inspired of the recipe called Loafstyles of the Rich and Famous from Looneyspoons Collection by Janet and Greta Podelski. This is modified to how I did it since I made a bit of changes.
Makes 6 servings
3/4 cup chopped onions
1 1/2 lbs ground turkey
1/2 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
1/3 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup minced fresh shallots
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp minced garlic
3/4 tsp dried Herbes de Provence
1/2 tsp each dried coriander, salt and freshly ground black pepper
1) Preheat oven to 350F.
2) In a large bowl, mix together onions and all ingredients.
3) Spray a 9×5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray. Pat turkey mixture into pan. Bake for 1 hour, or until no longer pink in center. Pour off any liquid from pan. Invert onto a platter, slice and serve.
The original recipe is with apples. To me, that seems a bit wacky, so I didn’t do it. However, if you were to do that, you’d start it off with melting 2 tsp of butter in a non-stick skillet over medium heat . Then you add apples and onions. Cook and stir for about 5 minutes, until onion are tender and let it cool.
The other changes that I made are: replacing 1% milk with chicken broth; minced fresh parsley with shallots; dried marjoram with dried Herbes de Provence and finally dried sage with dried coriander.
The herbs make for a nice spice combination to the taste. The turkey loaf is just moist enough and quite delicious. The only thing I would change is to minced those onions a lot. I was lazy and had a bit of time constraints so I did it as quick as I could, other than the fact that I was tearing up like made from chopping it.
Whats also really nice other than the taste and the texture if that its a healthier recipe and makes for a good and simple meal. I think I’m starting to really like meatloaf and I’m going to explore a bit more into it.
What do you like in meatloaf? Would you think that the apples would’ve been a fun addition?