There’s nothing more satisfying than a big bowl of comfort food on a winter night, and this dish is the perfect thing to make when you’re craving something warm, filling and fresh.
Herbed Turkey Meatloaf
A hearty, yet bright simple comfort food recipe.
Every now and then I just want to eat a classic meat-and-potatoes meal. When I’m having this particular craving, I have a few go-to dinners that will fit the bill: a nice steak with a baked potato, my mom’s crock-pot roast or this herbed turkey meatloaf with mashed potatoes and carrots. The beautiful thing about this hearty meal is that it’s juuuuust light enough to keep you from feeling like you just finished Thanksgiving dinner, but filling enough to feel like true comfort food. Plus, the flavors in this dish create the perfect home-cooked, country fresh taste (and I find that ‘fresh’ is a characteristic that is, unfortunately, often lost in things like big bowls of stew). From the thyme in the meatloaf, to the Dijon on the carrots to the chives in the potatoes, this meal is all about flavors that make you want to sit on your couch in a cozy pair of sweats and socks, with a glass of red wine and a heaping bowl of warm food – which is exactly how I eat this meal every time I make it (which is more often than I might like to admit). The meal is one of those that tastes distinctively home-made, which it is, but part of the beauty of it is that it takes about an hour-and-a-half from start to finish, and most of that time is spent back on the couch waiting for the meatloaf to cook in the oven. Try this recipe the next time you’re feeling like some good, old-fashioned farmhouse food, and I promise you won’t be disappointed.
1 lb ground turkey (I use the 85/15 blend)
5 ounces Italian style bread crumbs (5 ounces is right between ½ and 2/3 cup)
2 tbsp olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
½ tsp dried thyme leaves
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
2/3 cup chicken stock
1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp tomato paste
2 tbsp ketchup [/recipe - ingredients]
*Preheat oven to 325 degrees
Place the first 3 ingredients (turkey, bread crumbs and egg) in a mixing bowl.
Saute onion over medium heat in the olive oil;
As onions begin to soften, add thyme and salt and pepper;
When the onions are translucent, but not browned, add chicken stock, Worcestershire and tomato paste,
Stir to combine all ingredients and heat through. Remove from heat.
Add wet mixture to mixing bowl with turkey, bread crumbs and egg and stir to combine ingredients thoroughly.
Pour ingredients into loaf pan and smooth. Top with ketchup. Bake for 70-85 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool briefly. Serve with country-dijon carrots and red mashed potatoes with cream and chives. Cozy up on your couch, grab some wine and enjoy!