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27 October 2011

Dishes with Dee: Turkey Meatloaf- in ya face!

Meatloaf= comfort food.

I had never made meatloaf before (can we say pathetic?)

My mom makes some awesome turkey meatloaf (recipe from food network) and on one of the colder days this month I made some for these two people:



...aaannnnddd
Jealous.

So here's what ya need:

3/4 Cup quick cooking oats
1/2 cup milk- recipe calls for skim, I used 2%
1 medium white onion- peeled
2 pounds ground turkey
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
2 eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 
1/4 c. Ketchup
1 8 oz. can of tomato sauce (Kroger brand)
salt and pepper




And here's what ya do:

Preheat oven to 350 F

In a small bowl mix together oats and milk

Slice 1/4 of the onion into very thin pieces and set aside.  Chop the rest.

Combine turkey, oat mixture, pepper, onion (chopped), eggs, Worcestershire, ketchup, salt and pepper in a large bowl.


In a 9 x 13 in. baking pan, shape the meat mixture into a loaf shape.  Should be about 5 in. wide and 2.5 in tall.  Top with tomato sauce and lay out the sliced onions. 



Bake until 160 F-- about 1 hour.  Remove and let stand about 10-15 minutes before slicing.

I served this with smashed potatoes and asparagus.  Perfect side shows.  If you don't know how to make smashed potatoes, then what are you doing in a kitchen anyway?

Summary:
Cut up taters and put them in a sauce pot.  
Add water until potatoes are just covered. 
Bring water to a boil over medium-high heat.

Cook until tender. 
(Usually 20 or so minutes-- ya fork should easily pierce your largest hunk of spud) 
Drain.
Add about 1/4 c warm milk or cream, tons and tons of garlic, salt and pepper and maybe a few pats of butter.
Smash 'em

Asparagus:
 EVOO, garlic, salt, and pepper.
Trim the ends of the 'gus.
Cook on medium-low heat until tender.

Plate it and eat it.


Go and be comfortable.



   



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