Next time you are making turkey meatloaf try kicking it up a notch! While this won't be featured on a Brennan's menu anytime soon it is delicious. The original recipe was from Bon Appetit but I've modified it over time. If you are leary of using only turkey, consider a mix of 1 part beef to 2 parts turkey.
- 1 1⁄2 lbs lean ground turkey
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 2⁄3 cup quick-cooking oatmeal
- 1⁄2 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 3 large garlic cloves, minced
- 4 teaspoons cajun seasoning
- 2 egg whites (beaten to blend)
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1⁄3 cup creole mustard or 1⁄3 cup another grainy or spicy mustard
- If you don't have a pre-made Cajun spice blend, there are several good ones on this site. Try Cajun Seasoning Mix #14190 or Cajun Seasoning #33092. Look for one that has no added salt.
- Preheat oven to 350°F
- Optional Step: You can ground the oatmeal in the food processor one or two pulses. You are not looking for flour, just bits of oatmeal somewhat smaller than the whole grain.
- Combine all ingredients except mustard in large bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
- Place meat mixture in a nonstick loaf pan.
- Cover and bake 20 minutes. Scrape off any crud that may appear on the surface. Spread top with mustard.
- Bake uncovered another 35 minutes.
- Remove from pan and cut into slices.