Gourmet Turkey Meatloaf

Serves: 4-6 🍴 | Prep ⏰: 10-15 min | Cook ⏰: 35 min

Ingredients:

  • 1.5lbs ground turkey 
  • ¼ red onion chopped or diced
  • 6-9 small-medium mushrooms of your choice (I prefer baby bellas). Chop rds of your mushroom to add into the meatloaf mixture. Slice the remaining rd for meatloaf topping.
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper (if you like spicier add an extra 1/2 tsp)
  • 1 Tbs grated parmesan
  • 2 Tbs EVVO (extra virgin olive oil)
  • ½ cup (dry measure) of your favorite BBQ Sauce (I use Sweet Baby Ray’s)

Cookware:  Medium sauté Pan + parchment paper + Aluminum or ceramic loaf pan (usually 2.5 inches deep/8.5L x 4.5W) Or use a medium size glass Pyrex.

(Note: if using a Pyrex or similar baking dish you will have to form the mixture into the meatloaf, which may not be as tall as the one formed in the loaf pan, so cooking time may need to be adjusted)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 365 degrees

Lightly coat the medium sauté pan with 1-2 Tbs of EVOO.

Over a low to medium flame add the frozen peas followed by the onions. Allow the peas to simmer for 2-3 minutes covered, then add in the chopped mushrooms and simmer covered for another 2-3 minutes. Uncover and slowly and evenly pour in the BBQ sauce combining all the ingredients together.  Allow the BBQ sauce to slightly start bubbling then turn off the heat and set aside.

Take your ground turkey and place on the parchment paper. If you are using a baking dish then you can prepare the meatloaf in the dish.

Flatten out the ground turkey and evenly seasoned with the garlic powder, black pepper & grated parmesan.  

Carefully pour the hot mixture evenly over the seasoned meat using a wooden spoon to spread the mixture all over.  If the mixture is very hot wait a few minutes before trying to form the meatloaf. Using your hands fold the meat and mixture together combing well.  Once the ingredients are all combined, scoop mixture into the aluminum/ceramic loaf pan filling almost to the very top. (For a baking dish form the meatloaf approximately 2 inches high/8 inches long/4-5 inches wide)

Place the remaining sliced mushrooms upright on the top of the meatloaf.

Place loaf into the preheated oven. Bake 35 minutes and then check with a meat thermometer.  Internal temperature should be 180 degrees.  

Adjust cooking time accordingly.