On the first day at my last job, I spent much of my lunch hour getting to know Sheri, the oh-so-lovely Vice President of the company. We chatted about our mutual passion for food, and I told her all about my blog. Hearing the excitement in my voice as I blabbered on about cooking, she naturally followed-up with, “So, what’s your favorite meal to make?”
It wasn’t until I’d replied—until I saw the puzzled look on her face—that I realized she’d been expecting a fancier dish. Something more exciting or even more exotic. More complicated, perhaps.
“Meatloaf,” I told her in earnest. It’s kind of my thing.
Look, cool it is not. But downright delicious? That it is.
Meatloaf is the precise flavor of my entire adolescence. It’s as much a part of my youth as stretchy stirrup pants, awesomely bad sweater vests, and hair that never quite relented to straightening. Rather than growing up and growing away from log-shaped beef concoctions, I’ve just embraced them bearishly. So really, it comes as no surprise that one of the most popular recipes on this here blog is Honey Barbecue Meatloaf. It’s fitting. It makes me smile.
This white meat version, much like its beef brethren, is just fantastic. It’s laced with thyme, oregano, garlic, and Parmesan—making each and every bite interesting and complex. The reason I deem it fool-proof is because this exact combination and the easy preparation never fail to produce a tender, super- flavorful loaf in under an hour. The best part is that by using dried herbs and forgoing the typical turkey meatloaf additions of diced onions, carrots, or peppers, you’re not only shortening prep time, but you’re likely ensuring that you have all of the ingredients on hand already.
Fool-Proof Turkey Meatloaf
1 pound extra-lean ground turkey breast (93% lean)
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons ketchup
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 garlic cloves, minced (1 tablespoon)
1 large egg
1/3 cup plain breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine the turkey, ¼ cup of ketchup, and all remaining ingredients and mix well with your hands. Transfer mixture to an oiled baking dish and form it evenly into a loaf shape. Spread the remaining 2 tablespoons of ketchup over the top and sides of the loaf. Bake for 40 minutes. Slice and serve immediately.
Nutrition Information for 1 Serving (1/4th of Entire Recipe): Calories 255, Total Fat 10.8 g, Total Carbohydrate 12.5 g, Dietary Fiber 0.0 g, Sugars 6.4 g, Protein 25.3 g