Make this delicious and low-fat Crockpot Turkey Meatloaf in your slow cooker for dinner tonight. Any meatloaf made in the slow cooker is going to be very moist and tender. So you can use a lower fat meat such as ground turkey or ground chicken and it will still be velvety and tasty.
We always cook onion and garlic before adding them to a meatloaf simply because these vegetables do not soften enough while the meatloaf itself cooks. Crunchy pieces of onion do not add anything to a meatloaf. You will want it all to blend together and be tender.
You can flavor this meatloaf any way you'd like. If you don't like marjoram, use dried basil, oregano, or thyme. Add more garlic or use less. if you like spicy foods, some minced jalapeño peppers would be a good addition, as would crushed red pepper flakes.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1/4 cup horseradish
- 3 tablespoons chili sauce
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried marjoram leaves
- 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
- 1 cup soft fresh whole wheat breadcrumbs
- 2-1/2 pounds ground turkey, light and dark meat
- 3 tablespoons ketchup
- 1 tablespoon mustard
In a medium pan, cook the onion and 3 cloves of garlic in olive oil over medium heat until tender, about 5 to 6 minutes.
Place in large bowl and let cool for 10 minutes. Then add milk, horseradish, chili sauce, eggs, salt, pepper, marjoram, parsley, and breadcrumbs and mix well. Add turkey and mix gently but thoroughly with your hands just until combined.
Tear off 2 30" pieces of heavy duty aluminum foil and fold to make two 2"x30" strips. Lay strips in bottom of the crockpot in an X pattern, letting the edges hang over the crockpot.
Form the turkey mixture into a loaf that will fit into the crockpot. Place on top of the foil strips.
Then mix ketchup and mustard in a small bowl and spread evenly over the meatloaf.
Cover crockpot and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours, until meat thermometer registers 160°F.
Drain off fat as needed during cooking time using a turkey baster.
Use foil strips to lift the meatloaf out of crockpot when it reaches 160 F on a meat thermometer. Cover and let stand 20 minutes before slicing.