Many moons ago, I was a latchkey kid. Over a few years, my dad (who was a chef) taught me how to cook meals for the family. He would leave me pre-measured spices to add to things like spaghetti sauce, or meatloaf (really, not leaving the spicing up to a kid was a brilliant idea). Dad did not actually measure the spices. Eventually, I learned to eyeball my own spices, ruining me for a whole other generation of people who might actually want recipes written down.
So, here today--for the first time EVER--I give you a fully measured meatloaf recipe. This is more or less like what my dad and I would make....except there was beef, not turkey. The turkey is to give some saving grace to my poor waistline.
This is a really great, juicy meatloaf recipe. It reminds me of why I love meatloaf so very dearly. Sure, it may be hideous (it is, after all, a loaf made of meat). But I'm so blinded by adoration that I think it's pretty. Don't you want to feel that way about your meatloaf, too?
Savory Turkey Meatloaf
-1 (1.25 lb) package lean ground turkey
-1/3 cup cheddar cheese, cut into small cubes
-1/3 cup quick oats
-1/3 cup water
-2/3 cup onions, diced
-1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1/2 teaspoon dried basil
-1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
-1/4 teaspoon black pepper
-1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1. Preheat oven to 385.
2. Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl. There is no substitute for your bare hands here, people, so clean 'em good, suck it up, and get squishy with that sucker. Mix the ingredients thoroughly.
3. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray (just in case--it never hurt anybody). Place meat mixture into loaf pan, spreading out evenly.
4. Bake for an hour. Slice. Ketchup. Eat. Nom.
-4 servings (2 nicely sized pieces per serving)