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Mom’s Turkey Meatloaf

While everyone else is making pretty flower arrangements and brunch items to honor their moms, we are making meatloaf. It seemed like the right thing to do. Both of us  have fond recollections of eating this from our childhood, and wanted to do something in honor of Mother’s Day…so, here we are, talking about meatloaf.

This was not an easy dish to photograph and make it look all sexy and yummy. Meat, onion, garlic, carrots and peppers. Mixed together. Formed in to, essentially,  a lump.   But it’s not always about the presentation (even though it really is all about the presentation). Its about smelling something cooking and being reminded of why you loved this particular something int the first place. I even set the table, poured myself a glass of wine, sat down to enjoy dinner and caught up on some neglected magazines. It was weird.

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An uncomplicated recipe, as it should be, the hardest part was chopping up the veggies. Commonly a heavy meal, I served along side mixed greens and cucumbers. There is enough going on with the turkey, veggies and sauce, nothing else was needed.

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Though I wont be able to spend Mother’s Day with my mom this year, this helps me to remember times spent with her in the kitchen and all the wonderful meals she made over the years.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Mom’s Turkey Meatloaf

Serves 6

2 lbs organic/free range ground turkey, I used 1 lb lean 1 lb thigh
1 medium white onion, diced
2 medium carrots, diced
2 garlic cloves, diced
2 eggs
2 pieces of Udi’s gluten free bread, lightly toasted and pulsed in a food processor to make breadcrumbs
1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
Hot Sauce
Salt and Pepper
1/2 c ketcup
1 tbsp mustard
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp brown sugar

Heat the oven to 350. Let the turkey come to room temp, while you chop the veggies. In a large bowl, using your hands, combine the turkey, onion, carrot, pepper, eggs, bread, parsley, two large pinches of salt, pepper, and a few dashes of hot sauces.

On a large greased baking sheet, form the mixture in to a loaf form.

In a separate bowl, whisk the sugar, mustard, vinegar, and ketchup together. Pour over the loaf, and spread evenly. Double if you want to have some dipping sauce for serving.

Bake for  1 hour and 15 minutes. When done, remove from oven, let sit for 5 minutes and serve.


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