The words “never buy anything unless it’s on sale” has been instilled in my head for as long as I can remember. These are the words from my mom. She is the queen of finding bargains and good deals. I always thought this applied to only clothes or shoes, but who knew I’d would find myself being a smart shopper when it comes to food too. I talk about sales I find at the grocery store quite a bit, but doesn’t it make you feel good when you’ve saved money? Even if it’s only a dollar? Why yes. Especially these days which leads to the good deal I found this past week.
Ground dark turkey meat was on sale for $2.99 a pound at Whole Foods, and we all know how expensive it is to shop there. It’s usually roughly about $5.99 a pound I think. I got excited and bought exactly one pound for this delicious turkey meatloaf. This is my go to recipe for dinner parties or when I have a few friends over. It’s affordable, you can make it ahead, stick it in the fridge, and when you’re ready to cook it, toss it in the oven. That way you can enjoy time with your guests. If you make this at your next dinner party, your guests won’t be disappointed.
Using a jar of sun-dried tomatoes already packed in olive oil will add moisture to the meatloaf which is what you want. I used whole wheat bread crumbs because I’m a health nut, but plain bread crumbs are perfect too.
Simple meatloaf to make. Yes. Very simple. Mix together all of your ingredients in one bowl. Put it in loaf pan. Bake. Boom. Done.
I’ve made this with both white and dark meat ground turkey. Both are very good, but dark meat adds a little more flavor and moistness to the meatloaf. Some oil will settle at the top after baking. Take a paper towel and blot the top of the meatloaf before serving.
Turkey Meatloaf with Feta and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
adapted from Giada at Home
serves 4 to 6
1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
1/3 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/3 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes (packed in olive oil)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 pound ground turkey, preferably dark meat
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a 9×5 loaf pan with olive oil. Set aside.
In a large bowl, mix together the bread crumbs, parsley, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, egg, olive oil, feta, salt, and pepper. Add the ground turkey. Using your hands, combine the meat with the bread crumb mixture. Careful not to overwork the meat. Add the meat mixture to the loaf pan. Pat down the meat with your hands to spread the it evenly in the pan. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes until the center of the meatloaf measures 165 degrees F with a meat thermometer.
Remove the pan from the oven. Use a paper towel and pat the top of the meatloaf to absorb any excess oil that settled during cooking. Allow the meatloaf to rest for 5 minutes. Slice the meatloaf and serve.