Ground turkey is something that I always have in stock. I use it in place of ground beef for almost everything. Actually, I don’t think I’ve used ground beef in about 3 years! Turkey is healthier because it has less saturated fat and less fat overall. The difference is that you have to season it better than you would beef because fat = flavor. That is also the reason why I never use ground turkey breast. It is too lean for me and tastes more like cardboard (but that’s just my opinion).
This rosemary turkey meatloaf is the best I have ever had! Since I discovered this, it has been my staple and I honestly can’t see myself finding one I like better. The turkey is complimented by fresh rosemary and balsamic vinegar as the secret ingredient. I think the balsamic helps the turkey to stay moist. When you try this meatloaf, you won’t think you’re eating turkey because it is incredibly moist and flavorful. I’m a ground turkey converter! If you like beef, BEWARE!
Rosemary Turkey Meatloaf
1 lb ground turkey
1c dry garlic & herb bread crumbs
¼ onion, chopped
1 egg, beaten
¼ c milk
¼ c balsamic vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 ½ tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
BBQ sauce of your choice
Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly spray a 9x5” loaf pan with cooking spray.
In a large mixing bowl, mix together all ingredients except BBQ sauce. Press into prepared pan. Pour BBQ sauce over top so that meatloaf is just covered. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until temperature reaches 160F. Let stand for 5-7 minutes before slicing and serving.
Hint: Use a digital meat thermometer! Works every time! Also, it’s important with turkey because it dries out quickly.
I served this with rice and sautéed cabbage with onions and sundried tomatoes. It made for a perfect winter meal that was healthy and delicious.
Meatloaf is one of the easiest dishes to make. You throw all of the ingredients in a bowl and then use your hands to mix it all together. Then, you just throw it in the pan. It's perfect for a weeknight meal and also great to do with kids because they can help mix the ingredients and get their hands all messy. They'll love it!