My goodness, it has been cold in Chicago these last few days. As I sat at my desk yesterday counting down the days until spring, dreaming of floating in the pool with my mom—and then there it was: meatloaf (cue background music).
Of course, who doesn't think of meatloaf when they're with their mom? They always made it best when we were kids! What could warm me up better than delicious, moist, stick-to-your-ribs meatloaf?
So it was decided—but this isn't my mom's meatloaf recipe. I decided to lighten it up a little and use turkey instead of the usual ground beef and add a bunch of yummy veggies. But something was still missing. Meatloaf isn't complete without that wonderful sauce adorning the top of it. So I decided to make a quick, few-ingredient chipotle ketchup, and it turned out amazing! I will definitely be making this meatloaf again, and soon.
Now, let's talk ingredients. The possibilities are endless when it comes to meatloaf, and I have tried many, many combinations. This dish ends up being another great way to empty out that fridge of leftover proteins and veggies!
For this one, I stuck to a pretty basic set of ingredients. I did go a little off the beaten path with the chipotle ketchup, but other than that, kept it pretty low-key. So feel free to add or change things up as you like. Now, here is where things get tricky.
There has been a long-standing debate in my house as to whether you saute the veggies before you add them to the meatloaf or do you add the veggies raw and let them cook in the oven with the meatloaf. I prefer to cook them in a little butter, olive oil, salt, and pepper before adding them. I think that since we are using such a lean meat, it helps keep the meatloaf moist. Now, if you prefer to chop and drop, by all means, feel free. I am sure it will turn out just as delicious.
No matter what way you decide to make your meatloaf, it will always be delicious. So enjoy every bit and be sure to share with the people you love most. Nothing will warm them up better!
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- 1lbs ground turkey (I used (93% lean and 7% fat to help keep it moist)
- 1/2 cup bell pepper, chopped
- 1/2 cup onion, chopped
- 1 clove of garlic, chopped
- 1/3 cup bread crumbs
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup chipotle ketchup
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Heat a nonstick skillet with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter. Add the chopped bell pepper, onion, salt, and pepper and saute till the onions are translucent. Add the garlic and saute for 1 more minute; then remove from heat and set aside.
- Combine the turkey, eggs, bread crumbs, a few shakes of salt and pepper, cooked veggies, and chipotle ketchup. Mix with your hands until the ingredients are distributed evenly (my favorite part).
- Spray a cooking sheet pan with nonstick spray put on the pan form into a loaf top with chipotle ketchup. (I always leave some and add more when it is ready to serve.)
- Place in the oven for 45 minutes. Remove, slice, and top with remaining sauce.
Chipotle Ketchup Recipe
- 1 1/2 cups ketchup (I used low-sugar and low-sodium ketchup)
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 minced chipotle peppers in adobe sauce
- 1 tablespoon adobe sauce (can add more if you like it spicier)
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- a few shakes of salt and pepper
- Mix together and enjoy!