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Quick Mini Meatloaves

This a quick weeknight meal. The mini loaves can be frozen individually and then taken out to defrost a day before.

Mini Turkey Meatloaves

Total Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: About 30 minutes

Ingredients:
1 2/3 cup BBQ sauce
20 oz Ground turkey (one package)
20 oz Sweet italian turkey sausage (one pacakage)
30 Saltines, crushed (About 1 1/4 cup)
1/3 cup Parsley, chopped
2 Large Eggs
5 TBSP Whole Milk
3 cloves Garlic, minced
Salt and Pepper
2 TBSP Vegetable Oil

Directions: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees, with oven rack in middle position

  • Cook the BBQ sauce in a small sauce pan over medium heat until thickened, about 10 minutes.
  • Mix together the Turkey, Turkey sausage, Saltines, Parsley, Egg, Milk, 5 TBSP thickened BBQ sauce, Garlic, Salt, Pepper.
  • Form mixture into 5 equal loaves. (Freeze extras at this point)
  • Heat oil in an oven-safe skillet at number 6 -7 (medium-high).
  • Brown the loaves in the oil on each side, about 1-2 minutes per side.
  • Top each loaf with around 1 TBSP of the thickened BBQ sauce.
  • Transfer the skillet to the oven, then bake until the loaves are cooked through, about 20 minutes.
  • Serve with the remaining sauce.
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Sicilian Meatloaf

1 onion, minced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 TBSP vegetable oil
1/2 tsp oregano
2 slices white sandwich bread, torn into quarters
1/2 cup whole milk
1 lb 85% lean ground beef
8 oz Italian sausage, without its casing
2 large eggs
1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
1/3 cup oil-packed sun dried tomatoes, rinsed and patted dry, chopped fine
4 oz thin sliced mortadella
4 oz thin sliced hard salami
4 oz thin sliced provolone cheese
3/4 cup jarred tomato sauce

Instructions:
1. Line slow cooker with aluminum foil collar and foil sling.

2. Microwave the onion, garlic, oil, and oregano in bowl, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes.

3. Mash bread and milk into paste in large bowl using fork. Mix in the onion mixture, ground beef, sausage, eggs, parsley, and sun-dried tomatoes, 3/4 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp pepper, using hands.

4. Transfer half of the mixture into slow cooker and press into an even layer. Layer mortadella, salami, and provolone evenly over meat mixture. Press the remaining meat mixture into even layer on top of the provolone. Brush meatloaf with tomato sauce.

5. Cover and cook until meatloaf is tender, about 4 hours.

6. Using sling, transfer meatloaf with foil to service platter, allowing juice to drain back into cooker. Allow to cool for 15 minutes before serving.

Meatloaf

So, I’ve presented the special meatloaf already, but what about regular ole everyday meatloaf? This recipe is one of my favorite comfort food standbys. It deserves no more special introduction than that!

Meatloaf
2.5 lbs ground turkey
2 eggs
1 package Lipton Beefy Onion soup mix
3/4 cup Italian style breadcrumbs
2/3 cup water

Preheat oven to 350.
Prepare a glass dish with non-stick spray
Mix all the ingredients together with your hands
Dump the mixture into your waiting pan amd form it into a loaf
Bake until thermometer in the center reads 165-170, about 45 mins to 1 hr.

My husband prefers to pour turkey gravy all over it, but to me the only topping for meatloaf is Worcestershire sauce! Yum. Serve with mashed potatoes and some steamed broccoli and enjoy!

Bacon Meatloaf

This is not our usual meatloaf.  But, everyone needs a “special” meatloaf to cook every now and then. This is ours.

The recipe is from The Pioneer Woman. She’s got some amazing stuff on her website!  This one is called My Favorite Meatloaf.

The only thing we changed was adding 4 TBSP of Sriracha sauce in place of the Tabasco.  We like the spice! Also we had to cook it for more like an hour and a half.

Meatloaf:

  • 1 cup Whole Milk
  • 6 slices White Bread
  • 2 pounds Ground Beef
  • 1 cup (heaping) Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon Seasoned Salt
  • 3/4 teaspoons Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/3 cup Minced Flat-leaf Parsley
  • 4 whole Eggs Beaten
  • 10 slices Thin/regular Bacon

Sauce:

  • 1-1/2 cup Ketchup
  • 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Dry Mustard
  • 4 TBSP Sriracha

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour milk over the bread slices. Allow it to soak in for several minutes.

Place the ground beef, milk-soaked bread, Parmesan, seasoned salt, salt, black pepper, and parsley in a large mixing bowl. Pour in beaten eggs.

With clean hands, mix the ingredients until well combined. Form the mixture into a loaf shape on a broiler pan, which will allow the fat to drain. (Line the bottom of the pan with foil to avoid a big mess!)

Lay bacon slices over the top, tucking them underneath the meatloaf.

Make the sauce: add ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, and hot sauce in a mixing bowl. Stir together. Pour 1/3 of the mixture over the top of the bacon. Spread with a spoon.

Bake for 45 minutes, then pour another 1/3 of the sauce over the top. Bake for another 15 minutes. Slice and serve with remaining sauce.