Friday, November 15, 2013

Turkey Meatloaf

While watching me chop beef for soup last weekend, my dearly beloved suddenly piped up: "Why don't you have a meat grinder?"

"Why would I have a meat grinder?"

"Because my mother had one when I was a child, and I think you would like it."

So, having started my soup to cooking, I wandered off to order a meat grinder.  I selected the KitchenAid attachment for my stand mixer, and it arrived on Tuesday.  Last night, I mustered up the courage to try it out, making something I'd never had before.  But the red plaid cookbook said it exists, sorta, and so I jumped in with both feet.


2 pounds ground turkey
1 large onion, minced
1/4 cup parsley, minced
2 tbsp dijon mustard
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp marjoram
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 cup egg beaters (or 2 eggs, beaten)

I started with turkey cubes, onion cubes and parsley, and fed them all through the meat grinder.  (Note, if you're thinking of getting one, it works terribly at the slowest speeds, and works wonderfully at a speed of 4 to 6.  And adding the spices and so forth to the meat before grinding made it easier to combine them.)  So, mix your ground turkey with everything else.  (You might want to add 1/4 cup bread crumbs to make your turkey meatloaf firmer; mine kind of oozed around and took the shape of the pan.)  Put your loaf into a well greased pan and bake at 350F for about an hour, until it reaches 165 on the meat thermometer.

My boys griped that it looked awfully yellow, but they liked it.  It was moist, and had good flavor.  And by using egg beaters, I made this a pretty low fat meal.

Happy Weekending, everyone!


Sue said...

My Grandmother had a meat grinder and I loved watching her use it but I've never used one and honestly can't think what I'd do with one. Have fun with your new toy.

Diane said...

I have had one for years and I have to admit although I do use it, it is not often! Like the sound of this recipe so maybe it will come back out of the cupboard :-) Have a good Sunday Diane

Big Dude said...

bu, bu, but Margie, meatloaf is supposed to be a high fat meal :-)

~~louise~~ said...

I'd love to get a meat grinder Marjie but first I would need to get a Kitchen Aid and I just haven't gotten around to it yet. (I really can't justify it. Actually, I'd prefer a treadmill:)

Anyway, I have a feeling Turkey Meatloaf probably tastes a whole lot better when you do your own grinding. Yours certainly looks appetizing. The only other spice I might consider adding is Savory. I love turkey with Savory for some reason. It must be a Pennsylvania thing, lol...

Thanks for sharing, Marjie...that hubby of yours is a gem:)

pam said...

Oh my goodness, you will love your meat grinder! Make your own breakfast sausage or pizza sausage!

Anonymous said...

Hmmm. I have one, well, the attachment, but have never used it.

Lapdog Creations said...

Sounds yummy! I keep toying with getting the meat grinder attachment, but haven't found an absolute NEED for it yet...

SissySees said...

Enjoy! The Knight wants the meat grinder attachment but NOT for turkey. He will only eat it once a year, and next Thursday is it.

Blond Duck said...

I want a meat grinder!

Pam said...

What a good husband! The meat grinder would be a fun gadget to have. The turkey meatloaf looks tasty & healthy!