Cranberry Turkey Loaf Recipe
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Cranberry Turkey Loaf Recipe

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This is a delightful alternative to traditional meat loaf. It's very moist, and the cranberry sauce gives it a tasty twist.—Paula Zsiray, Logan, Utah
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 55 min.
MAKES:4 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 55 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1/2 cup herb-seasoned stuffing mix, crushed
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound ground turkey

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 349 calories, 18 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 130 mg cholesterol, 419 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 21 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the stuffing mix, egg, 1/4 cup cranberry sauce, salt and pepper. Crumble turkey over mixture and mix well.
  2. Pat into an ungreased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 55-65 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 165°.
  3. Heat remaining cranberry sauce in a microwave on high for 1 minute or until heated through. Slice turkey loaf; serve with sauce. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Cranberry Turkey Loaf in Taste of Home October/November 1998, p13

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Reviewed Jan. 5, 2013

"Hmm...too bad several people did not care for this. I have made it several times and think it's great! It's SO easy, and always comes out moist and flavorful. Definitely serve it with the extra cranberry sauce on top, and make sure you use whole berry cranberry sauce (not jellied) or you may get a weird consistency in the end. I haven't made it lately, and it's possible that one time I used seasoned bread crumbs in place of the stuffing mix since I don't always have stuffing mix on hand. Serve with mashed potatoes and a green veggie. :)"

Reviewed Oct. 11, 2012

"I couldn't stand the fine texture of the turkey meat and the loaf just fell apart. Not tasty to me, but I prefer ground beef."

Reviewed Aug. 18, 2012

"I was expecting to taste Thanksgiving in this meatloaf, but it was really just bland basically. However, it does hold together well...which most of my meatloaves don't do. Will make again, because it was easy...but not that often. Ha ha."

Reviewed Apr. 29, 2012

"This was very good, my older kids liked it, but the baby...not so much."

Reviewed Mar. 5, 2012

"So simple and so tasty!"

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