Comfort food. It can mean many different things to many different people. For me, it’s pasta or homemade bread. For other people it might be soup, mac and cheese, fast food, cookies, or something that triggers a comforting childhood memory or in this recipes case; meatloaf.
Those folks that know me, know I do not care for meatloaf. I have honestly tried ya’ll, I really have. Whether it is because it is beef or the meatloaf mixture of beef, veal and sausage OR it’s because it is a whole lotta meat in a loaf form (only bread should be in loaves), I don’t know. The very thought of it grosses me out. They can be tricky to make sometimes either drying out to quickly or not getting done enough in the center. Unfortunately, it’s my husbands favorite meal or his comfort food. Ack! I make it homemade with a “meatloaf mixture” once a year on his birthday. Every year it is meatloaf, mashed potatoes and roasted brussel sprouts. I know, I know, it sounds mean that I don’t make it more often BUT once I started making it with ground turkey instead of the meatloaf mixture, I have found it on my menu at least two -three times a year.
Of course, over the 17 years we have been together I have tried different kinds of meatloaf recipes but his favorite, is my families recipe. We actually got the recipe from my sister in laws mother but since we’ve known them for eons and we’ve all been making each others recipes, it kind of all blends together. When my husbands mother passed away seven years ago, my mom, who was helping out by cooking meals for us, made him a 3 lb meatloaf! Three pounds people!! It’s his comfort food and we were very appreciative that she made it. And yes, he ate every bite.
The recipe calls for 1 1/2 lbs of ground beef or meatloaf mixture (ground beef, veal and sausage) but I have found that even with making it with 1 1/2 lbs of ground turkey, it still comes out juicy, not dried out like a lot of ground turkey recipes can get. If you have seen my other recipes, you know that I usually add zucchini to my ground turkey burgers and meatballs to give them moisture but it’s not needed this time.
My mother and I also disagree on one thing. She adds oatmeal as a binder to hers, I like to add breadcrumbs. There really isn’t much difference. The seasoned breadcrumbs just give it more flavor in my opinion.
What do you think? Are you ready to give my turkey meatloaf recipe a try?