Do you love meatloaf but want a way to switch things up every now and again? There’s no need to feel like you’re turning your back on the tried-and-true classic, but why not spice things up and put a twist on the traditional version?? Instead of a beef meatloaf with a tomato-ketchup sauce, we were inspired by one of our favorite holidays for this dish. Taking a cue from all the best flavors of Thanksgiving, we made a turkey meatloaf and packed it full of flavor. Seriously, all the best parts of the Day of Thanks rolled into one dish that you can make year-round!
Instead of using breadcrumbs as a way to keep our loaf nice and moist, we used herb-seasoned stuffing mix instead. And for even more Thanksgiving flavor, we sautéed the veggies ahead of time, adding in some McCormick® Simply Better Turkey Gravy to really pump things up. You guys, what a difference this gravy makes! This gravy has no artificial flavors and no added MSG. It adds moisture and flavor, without all the effort of making your own gravy or using a dry gravy mix – plus, it doesn’t add in all those extra calories. Win-win! Along with all the flavor we put into the meat itself, we also topped our turkey loaf with more of the gravy to prevent it from drying out.
We can’t express enough how nice it is to not get zapped in the face with some hot drippings as we struggle to make our own gravy…you’re more than welcome to make one from-scratch, but this saves time (and calories!) and gets you one step closer to having dinner on the table – and it tastes amazing! You’ll love this new spin on meatloaf, trust us, and just wait and see if it doesn’t become a part of your regular dinner routine.
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Time to Prepare: 1 hour
- 2 pounds ground turkey
- 1 (6 oz.) box herb-seasoned stove-top stuffing
- 1 cup McCormick Simply Better Turkey Gravy, divided
- 1/2 cup carrots, diced
- 1/2 cup yellow onion, diced
- 1/2 cup celery, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon McCormick ground thyme or thyme leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon McCormick ground sage or sage leaves
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons milk
- kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
- Preheat oven to 350º F and lightly grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan.
- Heat butter in a large pan or skillet over medium-high heat and sauté onion, carrot and celery for 6-8 minutes, or until softened. Add garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes, or until fragrant.
- Season with salt and pepper, then stir in 3 tablespoons turkey gravy. Cook for 2 minutes, then remove from heat and let cool.
- Place ground turkey, stuffing mix, eggs and milk in a large bowl. Fold in cooked and cooled vegetables, then season with thyme, sage, salt and pepper.
- Use two forks or your clean hands to mix everything together until fully incorporated.
- Turn mixture out into greased loaf pan, then top with remaining 1/4 cup gravy.
- Place baking dish in oven and bake for 40 minutes.
- Remove from oven and serve hot, topped with turkey gravy.
Recipe adapted from The Magical Slow Cooker