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The Turkey Meatloaf Twins

I haven’t tended to use a lot of ground turkey in recipes because I find it usually ends up too dry and tasteless.  But I learned a wonderful little secret to making moist turkey loaves and meatballs … just add grated zucchini to the mixture!  The high water content of the zucchini keeps the meat moist.  An amazingly simple solution to a common problem.  🙂

A couple tips:  Be sure to handle the turkey meat mixture gently, it’s best to mix it together with your hands, don’t overmix, and don’t have big pieces of onion in the mixture or it’ll tend to break apart easily.

You can also use this same recipe to make meatballs.  You do everything the same except you only bake the meatballs for 30 minutes at 350 rather than for an hour.  If you need more ideas for serving turkey meatballs, you can find some sauce recipes and meatball ideas at the bottom of this post:  Meatball Mania

The Turkey Meatloaf Twins
  • 2 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 cup oats (gluten-free if needed)
  • 1 cup finely diced onion
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, snipped
  • 1 cup grated zucchini
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp thyme
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
In a large mixing bowl, gently but thoroughly combine first seven ingredients (everything except for the eggs and spices).  In a separate smaller bowl, combine eggs, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper.  Mix the egg and spice mixture into the meat mixture.  In a lightly greased 9″x13″ baking pan, form meatloaf mixture into two loaf shapes. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
Makes great leftovers, yummy sandwiches, and freezes well, too.
To freeze, cool completely in the refrigerator.  Wrap in foil; label; and freeze.  Thaw in the fridge overnight.  Can be served cold or reheated in the microwave for an easy meal on a busy day.

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Awesome for people challenged by red meat for whatever reason, thanks!


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