Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Meat Loaf Can Be Company Fare

Husband Jim and I both love meatloaf although I never order it out (unless we're in a diner and it's the blue plate special -- although my brother does). What started out as a way to stretch a bit of ground meat to feed a whole family has become company fare at Linderhof.

And meat loaf isn't just for winter either -- it makes a great summer entree. But we lighten the meal with summer favorites. Farmer's market green beans cooked and shocked and then sauteed in olive oil with garlic and our own grape tomatoes roasted in the oven and sprinkled with garden basil.

Leftovers, make great sandwiches!

This is my adaptation of Ina Garten's meatloaf. Her recipe calls for turkey but I used beef, this time. Whatever meat, the seasonings are perfect and this has been my "go to" meatloaf recipe since I got my first Barefoot Contessa cookbook.

Turkey Meatloaf

3 cups chopped yellow onions (2 large onions)
2 T. good olive oil
2 t. salt
1 t. pepper
1 t. fresh thyme leaves (1/2 t. dried)
1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
3/4 cup chicken stock
1 1/2 t. tomato paste
5 pounds ground turkey breast
1 1/2 c. plain dry bread crumbs
3 large eggs, beaten
3/4 c. ketchup

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

In a medium saute pan, over medium low heat, cook the onions, olive oil, salt, pepper and thyme until translucent, but not browned, approximately 15 minutes. Add the Worcestershire sauce, chicken stock and tomato paste and mix well. Allow to cool to room temperature.

Combine the ground turkey, bread crumbs, eggs and onion mixture in a large bowl. Mix well and shape into regtangular loaf on an ungreased sheet pan. Spread the ketchup evenly on top. Bake for 1 1/2 hours until the internal temperature is 160 degrees and the meatloaf is cooked through. (A pan of hot water in the oven under the meatloaf will keep the top from cracking.) Serve hot, at room temperature, or cold in a sandwich.

Note: I made a half recipe and used beef instead of turkey.


The Blushing Hostess said...

I love it too - my Mom's especially but she will not allow me to give up the recipe...

Sherry said...

That looks delicious! Next time I'll have to top my meatloaf with bacon! I too would've used beef instead of turkey. I like ground turkey hot, but leftover it tastes...leftover.

Unknown said...

Yum!! I love meatloaf too.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Great recipe and I loved meatloaf. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Marty

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Mornin' Martha...

I just left you a note on your Sunday Favorites post, my friend!

Mmmmm...yummy! Meatloaf really is one of my favorite meals! I use an old recipe that is pretty basic but passed down from my great-grandmother to my grandma, to my mom and now to me! I have always wanted to try the turkey...just for lower fat content but never have. Have you tried this recipe with the turkey and do you like it? Of course, I'd have to really cut down the recipe size, it's usually just Russell and me! Hehe!

Thank you for sharing your recipe!
Have a marvelous Monday, my friend!


Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen said...

A great looking meatloaf. We love meatloaf, especially left over for sandwiches. I always trust Ina so I know this will be good. I'm glad you used some beef. I think it would be dry with all turkey.

I've been away on holiday for the past two weeks and didn't have internet access. It's nice to be home and visiting my friends. I missed everyone.

Bill said...

Sounds wonderful! This recipe is definitely one I'd like to try!

Thanks for the sweet comment you left for my first attempt at a "Christmas in July" tablescape.

Bye for now,


Deanna said...

This has to be soooo good.
Enjoyed this post.
Hope to try the meatloaf recipe soon.

Hot days of summer are upon us, but I still like meatloaf!

Blessings to you,

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I'm saving this one for the next time I made mealoaf. I really like the sound of the thyme in it!

Thanks, Martha!


Mary Bergfeld said...

I made this several years ago and received no complaints.It's a very nice recipe.

Vanessa said...

Okay, I need to try your recipe! I love meatloaf, too!! Thanks for visiting my blog! Have a great day!

Marilyn Miller said...

Thanks for visiting me at Delights of the Heart. Though I have not been a fan of meatloaf, yours does look good. I might just have to try it.

Abbie said...

Ohhhh, I think I might try your recipe for dinner tonight...Thanks for the tip!