So, a three-pound package of ground turkey thawing in my fridge ... what dish could I make which would use the whole thing and wouldn't require extra shopping? Turkey Loaf? "Incredibly Cheesy Turkey Meatloaf?" Or what about "Turkey and Cheddar Meatloaf?" Hmm. There wasn't a lot of difference between the two, but the second called for more seasonings. In the end, of course, I went my own way ...
Easy Cheesy Turkey LoafThis loaf is pretty big (would feed 6-8 people), but that's fine as it will provide many sandwiches over the next few days.
In a very large bowl, combine all ingredients (except ¼ cup Dijon & ¼ cup ketchup). Transfer to a 13x9 baking dish and pat into loaf shape. Cover and refrigerate overnight, if desired. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350°, uncover loaf, combine ¼ cup Dijon & remaining ¼ cup ketchup and spread over top of loaf. Bake for about an hour. Remove from oven and let sit about 15 minutes before serving.
- ¾ cup milk
- 1 cup panko
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp. Salt Free Garlic & Herb Seasoning.
- 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 3 lbs. lean ground turkey
- 4 oz. Cabot Private Stock Cheddar, coarsely shredded
- ½ cup low-sodium ketchup, divided
- ¼ cup Dijon mustard
I know, both turkey loaf recipes I looked at called for lots of cubed cheese. So why is there so little cheese in my loaf? Shockingly, for once I did not have lots of cheese on hand! I hoped a smaller amount of freshly shredded strong cheddar might provide a uniform cheesiness and it did -- this loaf tasted like giant turkey cheeseburger and that's no mean thing. Very moist and cheesy, but not falling apart or gooey. Excellent for sandwiches.