Turkey Meatloaf with Feta & Sun-Dried Tomatoes

I never used to eat meatloaf. I always just assumed it would be bland and flavourless - basically like a hamburger patty without the bun and toppings. But then my husband made meatloaf one night, and I decided to try it (otherwise, I'd have to make my own damn dinner, hehe). And WOW - he had packed so much flavour into one little slice of meatloaf on my plate; I was sold!

For some reason it never occurred to me that you can essentially put anything you want into a meatloaf, to heighten the flavour. Like this awesome concoction from Giada at Home. It's a turkey meatloaf (healthier than regular beef) and features two of my favourites - feta cheese and sun-dried tomatoes. You could even dice up some black olives and throw them in the mix too!

Turkey Meatloaf with Feta & Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Photo Source:  The Food Network

Photo Source: The Food Network

INGREDIENTS

  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped garlic and herb-marinated sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced,
  • 2 eggs (optional), at room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound ground turkey, preferably dark meat

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Spray a 9 by 5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray. In a large bowl, stir together the bread crumbs, parsley, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, if using, eggs, milk, feta, salt, and pepper.
  3. Add the turkey and gently stir to combine, being careful not to overwork the meat.
  4. Carefully pack the meat mixture into the prepared pan and bake until the internal temperature registers 165 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer, about 45 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and slice. Put on a serving platter and serve.

 

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