Saturday night I tried my hand at my first meatloaf. It actually turned out really well! I've always liked meatloaf, although I don't think I had ever tried it until I was in college. I must say, I've turned out to be a much better cook than I ever thought I was. Before we moved in together the only thing I knew how to make was pasta, which of course I still make a lot, but it's certainly not the only recipe in my repertoire anymore.
-1 tsp. olive oil
-1 heaping cup mushrooms
-3/4 cup chopped onion
-1/2 cup chopped green pepper
-3 cloves garlic
-1 cup bread crumbs
-1/4 cup ketchup
-pinch of salt
-pinch of black pepper
-1 1/4 lbs. uncooked ground turkey
-1/2 cup ketchup
-2 tbs. apricot preserves
In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat and add mushrooms, onions, peppers and garlic. Cook until tender.
In a large bowl add cooked veggies, bread crumbs, 1/4 cup ketchup, egg, salt, black pepper and ground turkey. Mix well. In a tin foil-lined 13x9x2'' baking pan shape mixture in to a 9x5'' loaf. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
While loaf is cooking, combine 1/2 cup ketchup and apricot preserves in a small bowl. Spoon over meatloaf and bake for an extra 15-20 minutes. Temperature on a meat thermometer should register 165 degrees.
The only thing I didn't like was how crumbly it was after baking, but it still tasted good! And if I make it again I probably won't add quite as many green peppers. I can handle a few, but there were just too many for my liking. Maybe I will do 1/4 cup of green peppers and a 1/4 cup of shredded carrots... yum!
On an unrelated note, I'll post my 25 week pregnancy vlog by tomorrow morning. I had a doctor's appointment this morning which went relatively uneventful, a nice change from last week!
I got the turkey meatloaf recipe from the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. I changed it slightly, but they still deserve credit for coming up with it!