As the winter approach’s the cold air electrifies your taste buds and you are on the hunt for robust meal ideas. If you love the traditional style meatloaf, with brown gravy and mashed potatoes but want to jazz it up a bit, my mom’s Italian style turkey meatloaf is the ticket. Since we all try to be health conscious the switch from ground beef to ground turkey meat, cuts the calories and fat down by about 40 percent. Another twist on this meatloaf recipe is the fact that we will be using a red gravy instead of brown as well as Italian flavored bread crumbs. This is an easy, inexpensive concoction but tastes and smells like a gourmet dish. I hope you enjoy.
This recipe will make 6-8 servings. You will need:
1 lb. of ground turkey (I use Perdue 85/15, it is juicier than the 93/7)
½ small yellow onion chopped very fine
1 cup of Progresso Italian Style bread crumbs
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 8 oz can of tomato sauce ( I use Hunt’s)
In a medium bowl mix (I do it by hand) above ingredients, except the tomato sauce until evenly blended. Mold into a rectangle. Place loaf into a deep baking pan coated with 2 tbs. of olive oil. Pour entire can of sauce over meat loaf, bake at 375 for 40 minutes.
After cooking time is complete, remove from oven let cool for 5 minutes. Slice in 1 ½ inch pieces and lay on serving plate. After placement on dish, drizzle sauce from pan on top of slices. You can serve this flavorful loaf with roasted potatoes and string beans. It is always appropriate to have a nice lush glass of red wine with this dish. A perfect very inexpensive choice would be a Malbec by Gato Negro. The spices from the meatloaf and the blackberry hotness of the grapes, compliment each other and bring the meal to the next level. You can pick up this jazzy little licorice tasting vino for around $5 a bottle.