"I always found turkey meatloaf to be quite disappointing. The flavor is usually lacking as well as the texture. Well, I have developed this version that has a great texture and a surprisingly good flavor (my brother couldn't even tell that it wasn't beef)! The secret is the quinoa, which adds wonderful texture and is much nuttier than breadcrumbs. I hope you enjoy this recipe!" — Drew
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1 large clove
1 (20 ounce) package
hot pepper sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons
ground black pepper
So happy so many people like this recipe. Just to address a couple of issues some people are having:
When making the recipe I used ground turkey which was a mixture of white and dark meat. This not only helped add flavor but it also added moisture that helped it to not become crumbly. Adding an extra egg is also a great way to bind it even more and hey! Extra protein!
Secondly, this meatloaf is meant to be free-formed on a flat pan. Ground turkey and ground beef cook two different ways. Beef tends to give off a considerable amount of fat and a little juice making it ok (although not at all healthy) to cook it in a loaf pan soaking in its oils.... turkey and chicken on the other hand give off a lot of moisture and very little fat, so basically when you cook it in a loaf pan it is steaming and soaking in turkey water, making for a mushy fall-aparty (yes i made that word up) loaf.
I hope this helps some of the future folk who make this recipe.
This produced a moist and tender 'meatloaf'. I didn't find that the quinoa added any noticeable flavor. What I really didn't like was how the hot sauce overwhelmed this recipe. It was all we could taste (the spiciness wasn't a problem, just the one dimensional flavor). This could be made so much better and given more dimension with the right mix of herbs and spices. It's a good solid start but needs a bit of work.
I doubled the recipe and took it to a potluck and it went over very well! Cooked Quinoa in chicken broth and added tomato paste to top. It was very good. Making it again tonight and will add an additional egg to the recipe. Thanks for sharing! this is a fantastic recipe!
This was awesome. I used bbq sauce instead of hot sauce and the flavor was perfect.
This recipe is a family favorite! I love quinoa and I'm constantly trying to find different ways to use it. I do a couple different things with this recipe, just for my own personal taste. -I leave out the hot sauce, since I have 2 small children, but I add some on top of my serving. -I add 1 cup of grated cheese to the meatloaf, I like the extra flavor and it moistens it up a bit. -I haven't yet tried the topping for this recipe because I love my old one too much. 1/4 c. brown sugar, 1/4 c. ketchup, 1 Tbsp Mustard and a few splashes of Worchestershire. Try this recipe, you won't be disappointed!
I am always looking for new ways to prepare ground turkey and this meatloaf is one of the best! Perfect combination of flavors and loved the texture. I made this for my very picky husband who raved about it. Next time I make this (and there will be a next time) I will add a little cheese...maybe cheddar. But do yourself a healthy favor and make this recipe.
Thank you for a recipe that lets me serve meatloaf again! I haven't used ground beef for about 12 years and miss a good meatloaf. My poultry-hating hubby LOVED this meatloaf and asked me to make a double recipe next time so he could have a meatloaf sandwich the next day. To round out the menu I served it with baked sweet potatoes and steamed broccoli. It was a wonderful family meal.
This was the BEST meatloaf I have ever eaten! The only change that I made was to scale back the hot sauce to 1/2 TB for my kiddo. The whole family went back for seconds. Thank you for a wonderful nutritious meal.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Turkey and Quinoa Meatloaf
Serving Size: 1/5 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 5
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 99
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