Just-Like-Thanksgiving Turkey Meat Loaf Recipe
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Just-Like-Thanksgiving Turkey Meat Loaf Recipe

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For a holiday meal any time of year, this tender turkey meat loaf is perfect. Complemented with a cranberry glaze, it’s a mouthwatering dish.—Mollie Brown, Los Angeles, CA
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + standing Bake: 45 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + standing Bake: 45 min.
MAKES: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup seasoned stuffing cubes
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 celery rib, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, grated
  • 1 small carrot, grated
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 to 4-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh sage
  • 3 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 303 calories, 11 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 127 mg cholesterol, 712 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 23 g protein.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, combine stuffing cubes and milk. Let stand 10 minutes; break up stuffing cubes with a fork. Stir in egg, celery, onion, carrot, cranberries, salt and pepper. Combine sage and rosemary; add half to the mixture. Crumble turkey over mixture and mix well. Pat into an ungreased 9x5-in. loaf pan.
  2. Bake, uncovered, 25 minutes; drain if necessary. Combine cranberry sauce, ketchup, pepper sauce and remaining herbs; spread over meat loaf. Bake 20-25 minutes or until no pink remains and a thermometer reads 165°. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Just-Like-Thanksgiving Turkey Meat loaf in Country Woman October/November 2009, p33

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 303 calories, 11 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 127 mg cholesterol, 712 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 23 g protein.

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Reviewed Jul. 4, 2014

I expected to be wowed by a turkey meatloaf with the flavors of Thanksgiving, I followed the recipe to a T, and was disappointed. The meat loaf mixture is way too moist (from the moisture in the ground turkey) and made for a sodden meat loaf. The topping was way too "liquid-y" to form anything like a caramelized glaze., and was way too sweet. Maybe increasing the hot sauce would have helped. Will not make this again.

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Reviewed Jun. 9, 2013

This is so easy and delicious. I omitted the cranberries, since no one in my family eats them. Awesome!!

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Reviewed Oct. 10, 2012

Made this for dinner and it was very delicious. I loved the taste better than most other meatloaf recipes that I have tried. I didn't have a carrot, so instead I substituted zucchini. Will be making again.

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Reviewed Jul. 29, 2012

Perfect for Thanksgiving leftovers, or any time of year!!

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Reviewed Feb. 26, 2012

I hardly ever use ground turkey but decided to make some sort of turkey loaf and this recipe seemed to fit the bill. It was just what I was looking for. Everyone loved it too. Mine seemed to be a little too moist but that may have been due to using a slightly lesser amount of ground turkey. Still loved it.

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