Turkey Meat Loaf

April 18, 2018 – She likes ground turkey.  Me?  Not so much.  I’m a beef kind of guy.  But I often make dishes using ground turkey because she likes ground turkey.

On a beam at the Monocle, one of my favorite restaurants in Washington, D.C., there is a quote from the late Senator Everett Dirksen:  “I am a man of principle, and one of my principles is flexibility.”

Life gets easier if you can learn to be flexible at appropriate moments.  This was an appropriate moment.

We both like meat loaf.  I decided to make a meat loaf with ground turkey.

I added a little ham, ground in my food processor, to provide more flavor and a little fat.  Turkey can be dry.  And as Julia Child said, “Fat is where the flavor is.”  She was right.

Some type of bread crumb is a standard ingredient in meat loaf.  We prefer Panko.  The flakes are larger providing more surface area to which sauces can adhere.

Very often meat loaf is covered with a tomato sauce.  I decided to try something a little different.  A spicy cream sauce.  Good idea!

Here then is my take on turkey meat loaf.  Comfort food her way!

Turkey Meat Loaf

1 pound ground turkey

1/2 pound ground ham

1/2  cup Panko crumbs

2 eggs

1/2 onion, minced

1/4 cup parsley, chopped

1 cup mushrooms, chopped

4 slices bacon

Preheat the oven to 325.

Combine all the ingredients except for the bacon in a bowl and mix well.

Spread the meat loaf in a shallow, oven proof dish.  Lay the bacon strips across the top.

Bake for about an hour and a half.

For the sauce:

1 cup heavy cream

1 tablespoon horseradish

Turkey Meat Loaf

several generous shots of Tabasco

2 tablespoons dried basil

salt & pepper to taste

Whip the cream until it is stiff and forms peaks.  Add the remaining ingredients and gently fold them into the beaten cream.

Spoon a little sauce onto each serving of the meat loaf as it is plated.

Bon temps!