I am so thankful that my mom had us eat many meals with ground turkey growing up because it set me up for a healthier lifestyle. Don’t get me wrong I still love anything made with ground beef, but sometimes you need something a little lighter. You can make just about anything with ground turkey…burgers, meatloaf, meatballs, you name it.
This recipe was seen on the Rachael Ray show and I wanted to try it to compare to my other meatloaf recipe I have in my repitoire. This is not necessarily the healthiest version since you load it with chopped bacon, but in my opinion it is worth it. Bacon makes everything better! Also the sauce has a nice smoky, maple flavor to it. This recipe seems to have a lot of ingredients to it, but most of them you will already have in your pantry.
Turkey Mini Loaves
As seen on Rachael Ray
What you’ll need:
Virgin Olive Oil
6 slices smoky bacon, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Coarse black pepper
1 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
1 cup chicken stock, divided
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 tablespoon dark amber maple syrup
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
1 1/2 pounds ground turkey or ground turkey breast
1 1/2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
A small handful parsley, finely chopped
What you’ll do:
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat with a drizzle of olive oil. Add bacon and lightly brown. Add onions and garlic, and season with coarse black pepper. Cook until very tender.Remove half the bacon and onions to a mixing bowl, add seasoned breadcrumbs and moisten them with about 1/2 cup of chicken stock, stir to combine. To the remaining onions in pan add vinegar, syrup, sugar, Worcestershire, ketchup and remaining 1/2 cup stock. Stir to combine and reduce heat to low to let thicken. Once it’s thick enough to coat a spoon, turn off heat and keep warm. Combine turkey with breadcrumbs, bacon, onions, salt, pepper, poultry seasoning, parsley and egg. Form 4 individual oval-shaped meat loaves. Arrange on a baking sheet. Roast until cooked through, about 20-25 minutes. Coat the loaves in or top the loaves with BBQ gravy.