This turkey meatloaf is sure to be a hit! It is packed with flavor, it’s moist and you will not be disappointed that it is not made with beef. The secret is to saute the vegetables before adding it to the meat mixture. This allows them to develop a deep flavor so the meatloaf is not bland.
Another secret, Don’t, I beg you, DO Not pack down the meatloaf into the pan. Meatloaf should be light (in my opinion) not dense. So when transferring the meat to the pan, just lightly smooth and even it out with your fingers.
You may have noticed that I did not add any tomato based sauce or Ketchup to the top of this meatloaf. There is so much flavor in this recipe that I have found it is not needed here. But by all means, if you prefer to add it, go right ahead =)
*Note- If you would like to turn this recipe into a freezer meal, follow the directions below but do not cook it. Line your loaf pan with plastic wrap, put the meat mixture in the pan and freeze for a few hours until the meat has firmed up. Then using the plastic wrap, lift the meatloaf from the pan and transfer it to a Zip Lock Freezer bag, or if you have a food saver, you can vacuum seal it. Store it in the freezer. When you want to cook it, take it out of the freezer the night before and thaw in the refrigerator. Cook in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until the internal temperature reads 160 degrees.
1 1/2 lbs ground turkey
1 green bell pepper, seeded finely chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup dry Italian bread crumbs
4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
2 tsp. dry Italian herb seasoning
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
Heat the olive oil in a non stick saute pan and add the onions and bell peppers. Saute on medium high heat until they are golden brown, about 10 minutes. Lower the heat to medium and add the chopped garlic. Cook for 1 minute. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the mixture to cool for at least 10 minutes. When the vegetables have cooled, add them to the ground turkey in a large mixing bowl. Add the beaten egg, bread crumbs, Worcestershire Sauce and all of the seasonings. Mix together with your hands or a wooden spoon.
Transfer the meat mixture to a loaf pan. Gently even it out with your fingers, but do not pack it down into the pan. Bake it uncovered in a preheated 350 degree oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Remove it form the oven and allow it to cool for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.