So I am not a super fan of meatloaf, but I do prepare it once in while because my husband likes it. Since I don’t cook it often, I don’t have a favorite recipe.
Usually I will google a meatloaf recipe to see how others prepare it, but I tend to improvise. I read the recipe to get an idea of how the different ingredients are balanced out, but I incorporate into the recipe whatever ingredients I have available.
I gravitate toward the recipes on the Food Network because their more traditional recipes they tend to be less complicated. However, this meatloaf recipe that I selected was for 5 lbs of meat and I was only preparing 1/2 a pound.
I did not let this bother me. I used it as a guide to help me compose my recipe anyway.
Ingredients and Preparation
I wanted to make the meatloaf out of turkey. I did not use egg nor did I want to add bread crumbs, which are pretty common in standard meatloaf recipes. Instead, I used a little bit of ground flaxseed, and virgin olive oil. I also used hommade salsa and a splash of balsamic vinegar.
To start, I sauteed a few cloves of garlic, 1/2 of a small shallot and half of a red bell pepper in medium pan. I removed the pan from the heat and I mixed the ingredients with the ground turkey. I then added the other ingredients mentioned above. Feel free to use your favorite spices. This is a very forgiving dish, and as you will see at the end of this post, there are many variations.
I placed the mixture in a small round oven pan and cooked for 25 minutes on 350 degrees F.
I Checked for doneness before turning off the oven.
I served it with a bit of dijon mustard and accompanied it with red potatoes with fresh herbs and a sliced avocado.
The recipe was a success and my husband liked it a lot!
If you have read a few of my posts, you may have already noticed that I use my hommade salsa quite a bit. My husband prepares a new batch every few days and having it ready in the refrigerator is so convenient. It has a very specific flavor profile, but it can serve as a base for many types of dishes and I improvise with it quite a bit. It definitely is a time saver.
Which international variations of meatloaf are you familiar with?
How do you prepare meatloaf?
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