Turkey Meatloaf Pumps Up The Flavor

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July 01, 2009|By Julie Rothman | Julie Rothman,Special to The Baltimore Sun

Barbara Corley of Windsor, Calif., was looking for a recipe she lost some years ago for a turkey meatloaf. She said it was particularly tasty and somewhat unusual in that it had sour cream as one of the ingredients.

Donna Mason of Dallas sent in her recipe for what she describes as a Tex-Mex style turkey meatloaf that she thought Corley might like to try. I liked her recipe very much because it addressed what is my biggest complaint with turkey meatloaf: a lack of flavor. While this may not be your mom's meatloaf, it certainly is a healthful, low-fat alternative that packs so much flavor your family might not even realize it's made with ground turkey.

Nutrition information

Per serving: 319 calories, 27 grams protein, 12 grams fat, 3 grams saturated fat, 24 grams carbohydrate, 1 gram fiber, 121 milligrams cholesterol, 1,436 milligrams sodium

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Turkey Meatloaf

Makes: 6 servings


medium onion


bell pepper (red, orange or yellow)


cup packed fresh cilantro leaves


garlic cloves


slices firm white sandwich bread


cup plus 6 tablespoons bottled chili sauce (divided use)

1 1/2

pounds lean ground turkey


cup nonfat sour cream


large egg, lightly beaten


tablespoon Worcestershire sauce


teaspoons ground cumin


teaspoon salt


teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Chop onion, bell pepper and cilantro and mince garlic. Transfer to a large bowl. Place bread slices in a blender or a food processor and process into fine crumbs. Add crumbs to onion mixture. Add 1/2 cup chili sauce and all the remaining ingredients and, using your hands, mix until just combined, being careful not to overmix.

Transfer mixture to an 8 1/2 -by-4 1/2 -by-2 1/2 -inch glass loaf pan, pressing down on mixture to eliminate any air pockets (mixture will completely fill pan), and spread remaining 6 tablespoons chili sauce evenly over top. Line a shallow baking dish with foil and put loaf pan in baking pan to catch any drippings.

Bake loaf, uncovered, in middle of oven for 1 1/2 hours, or until meat thermometer reads 170 degrees. Transfer loaf in pan to rack and let stand loosely covered with foil for 20 minutes before slicing.

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