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Rosemary Turkey Meatloaf Recipe
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Rosemary Turkey Meatloaf

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"This is a delicious alternative to the usual meatloaf."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr

    1 hr 15 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the ground turkey, bread crumbs, onion, egg and milk. Season with balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and rosemary. Press into the prepared pan. Blend together the tomato sauce, brown sugar and mustard; pour evenly over the top of the loaf.
  3. Bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven, or until juices run clear when pricked with a knife.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 12, 2006

After reading several reviews that the loaf turned out mushy, I molded the meat in the loaf pan and inverted it out onto a wire-rack to form its shape. I placed the wire-rack on top of a foil-lined cookie sheet. This works great. It prevented the meatloaf from being soggy and it also allows the sauce to cover all the sides. As for the sauce, I replaced the brown sugar with honey. It is a good compliment to the dijon mustard and it helped thicken the sauce. Will definitely make this again, its very tasty.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 04, 2004

This has to be one of the worst recipes we've ever tried. The sauce was much too sweet, and the consistency of the meatloaf was awful. We had to throw the entire pan out and by then we were too disgusted to actually eat dinner.

Jan 08, 2007

I have been making this recipe for 3 years and just remembered that I should review it. It quite good. If you make it as is, it will come out juicy and will likely fall apart (but still taste good). I cut back on the milk and vinegar to address this. If you're interested in keeping the calories low, you can use skim milk, all white meat turkey, cut back on the breadcrumbs, and cut back the sugar (1/4 cup is enough) and it all still tastes great!

Nov 09, 2008

It is not fair to rate a recipe when you really did not follow it but after reading the recipe and the mainly the first two pages of reviews and making many many meatloaves over the years I had to take some tips from the posters.... so here goes. For Modifications I used 1 cup bread crumbs 1/4 cup balsamic 1/4 cup milk 1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary 2 garlic cloves - sauted in advance with the onions. Used a meatloaf recipe topping that we have been using for years - it is sweet but we like it and don't have to open a can of tomatoe sauce. For the topping I used 1/2 cup of ketchup with a good dash of worchesterchire, 2Tbsp of brown sugar and Tbsp of dijon. Bake the meatloaf for the 1 hour as required BUT after the first half hour turn the meatloaf out of the pan onto a foil wrapped cooking pan. The meatloaf will keep its shape and you can "glaze" it with the topping put it back in the oven and it will coat it on all sides and kind of carmelize. Hope this helps.

Sep 18, 2007

This is one of those recipes you will either love or hate. It is really different----but, I loved it! Great use for ground turkey--which can end up bland in some recipes. LOVED the use of fresh rosemary. I made a few changes---I used 2 lbs. of ground turkey (just because I had it), & only 1/2 cup milk & 1 cup Italian Bread Crumbs & 1 cup plain bread. By accident forgot to add the balsamic vinegar! I'll have to try it next time,---now I'm curious if it will be just as good with it. Per previous reviews I halved the amount of topping. I'm glad I did, because I thought it was just sweet enough. However, I read the amount wrong on the Tomato Sauce and only ended up adding 1T. with the brown sugar & dijon---I'll do the same next time because I was happy with the topping.

Sep 26, 2006

We liked this dish a lot. For one thing, it was surprisingly moist. But that had a lot to do with the type of ground turkey we used, it had a 15% fat level. We eat a lot of ground turkey here, no beef ever, because of intolerance issues. So, we certainly know of the 99% fat free turkey products. But they tend to taste like balsa wood, frankly. Pure protein always does. If you think about it, boneless, skinless breasts (chicken or turkey) are not the stuff of a simple sauté. You have to add something, even if it’s only cheese or gravy. In fact for this dish, I’d have added about a ½ cup of grated cheese if it were built on the fat free type of turkey. We didn’t fiddle much with the recipe at all. Made it just as is. Came out very well, and the sauce is nice. It did have a vinegar flavor, though. My wife thought that just made it sweeter, but I was very aware of it. I do like balsamic vinegar, so that was OK with me. Instead of prepared Dijon Mustard we used Colman’s Mustard (the powder stuff that comes in those mustard yellow tins). It did very well, but be warned, this is not your grandma’s mustard. This stuff is spicy hot, much too hot if you’re not into spicy heat at all.

Sep 06, 2006

For my first turkey meatloaf, I used this recipe. It was good, but I made a couple of changes: no sugar, in fact, I left out the glaze - for my tastes, I don't need it, but Oops, I forgot the garlic (might have added a little zing, oh well, next time) I also used dried rosemary leaves (about 1 Tbsp), used only 1/2 Cup of milk, I used chopped scallions for the onions and added chopped celery. The result was a tasty loaf. Last night's turkey meatloaf was served with steamed green beans and broccoli and onion tater tots, I think I'll try to serve this meal every year on the Tuesday after Labor Day.

Jan 03, 2004

A great meatloaf find for those of us who don't/can't eat red meat. I have prepared this for my boyfriend and I, as well as for an office potluck and everyone just loved it. I sometimes cut the amount of balsamic vinegar in half and used 1/4 cup of worstchester sauce to give a little stronger flavor.


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  • Calories
  • 362 kcal
  • 18%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 47.1 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 93 mg
  • 31%
  • Fat
  • 9.8 g
  • 15%
  • Fiber
  • 2 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 20.9 g
  • 42%
  • Sodium
  • 807 mg
  • 32%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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