My body can’t handle two nights of weekend partying anymore. So this past Friday night, I decided to stay in and experiment with meatloaf. I know what your thinking, exhilarating! Well. let. me. tell. you. It certainly was. This recipe test will now be a part of future ‘easy’ dinner nights! Give it a whirl.
- 1lb ground white meat turkey
- 1/2 lb ground dark meat turkey
- 1/3 c. chopped dill
- 1 c. crumbled feta
- 1/2 c. chopped onion, small dice
- 1/2 c. chopped celery, small dice
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 c. stuffing mix** optional,or add 2 slices of bread
- 1 slice of sandwich bread, small cubed
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 2 eggs
Preheat the oven to 350*F
To start, sweat the onions and celery in 1 tbsp of olive oil until tender, but not browned. Add garlic for the last 60 seconds and stir around. Remove the pan from the heat and reserve while you prep the meatloaf. In a large bowl combine the turkey meat, dill, eggs, bread, stuffing mix, salt, pepper, and celery/onion/garlic mix. Mix together with hands, once incorporated add the feta and mix again. Bake in a loaf pan for45-55 minutes.
OR do one extra step and make a roulade with spinach. Turning this into a roulade makes for an extra special presentation and also adds some extra nutrients! Not to mention, color! Spread a large piece of plastic wrap on your counter, add the meatloaf and pat down to about 3/4″. Once you have a flat surface that’s roughly in the shape of a rectangle, start sprinkling a layer of drained, chopped spinach over the meat (buy a block of frozen spinach, drain, ring out the water and use).
Using the leverage of the plastic wrap, begin to tug the plastic on one side and roll up the meat end to end. DO NOT Roll up with the plastic wrap inside:) Bake for 45-55 minutes uncovered, let rest for 5-10 minutes and serve with Tzatziki sauce for an extra Greek kick! (click for Tzatziki recipe).
** I had left over stuffing mix from thanksgiving laying around, so I added this instead for a hint of flavor not offered by the boring binder of sandwich bread. I combined it with one piece of sandwich bread to make sure the moisture stayed in the meatloaf. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, so I did both to be safe. Next time I will add just stuffing mix if I have it laying around still.
I hope you enjoy this healthy spin on meatloaf, thanks for reading, xo-G