Thursday, January 19, 2012

Turkey Parmesan Meatloaf

So one of my favorite food blogs is What's Cookin, Chicago?  Yeah, Joelen is like a wiz in the kitchen and she keeps inventing and reinventing the best recipes EVER.

This is another one of hers, she actually came up with as a way to get her husband to eat meatloaf because he's not a fan, so she decided to combine the meatloaf thing with Chicken Parmesan and ended up with this amazing meatloaf.  I just hope she keeps creating new dishes, cause, I have NO problem trying them out LOL  Just saying.

So here's the recipe, I adapted it slightly only because I didn't have ground chicken, so I used ground turkey and ground beef, one pound of each, but everything else is as Joelen suggests.

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Turkey Parmesan Meatloaf
Original Joelen Recipe

1 lb ground chicken (ground turkey can be substituted)
1 egg
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1-2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 small onion, grated
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup pasta sauce (homemade or store bought)
1/2 cup shredded Italian cheese blend
minced parsley for garnish

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a loaf pan with cooking spray, set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken, egg, breadcrumbs, thyme, oregano, basil, garlic, onion, salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese. To not over handle the mixture otherwise it will get tough. Place the mixture in the greased loaf pan and form into a loaf. Top the meatloaf with pasta sauce.

Turkey Parmesan Meatloaf

Place filled loaf pan on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes. Remove the meatloaf from the oven and sprinkle the top with the remaining shredded cheese. Place the meatloaf back in the oven and bake until the cheese is melted.

Remove the meatloaf from the oven and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving/slicing. Garnish with parsley if desired.

* To make ahead/freezer meal - Prepare the meatloaf mixture as directed and place in a disposable loaf pan. Cover and freeze. When ready to prepare and serve, defrost the meatloaf completely and preheat oven to 350 degrees. Top with pasta sauce and place filled loaf pan on a baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes. Remove the meatloaf from the oven and sprinkle the top with the remaining shredded cheese. Place the meatloaf back in the oven and bake until the cheese is melted. Remove the meatloaf from the oven and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving/slicing. Garnish with parsley if desired.

3 comments:

  1. YUM!! I think I've tried every meatloaf recipe that you have posted--and we have loved them all. Can't wait to try this one. It looks so so good! Thanks for sharing. Take care.

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  2. That looks soooooo good! I'm just torturing myself by looking - our power is out at home and probably will be for awhile, till all the branches and snow get cleared away. But yum! This is going to be one of the first things I cook, when I can!

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  3. Made this last night and it was a big hit. I am so glad my friend recommended this site to me. Yummy & delicious! Thank you!

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