Garlic flavored croutons, along with sauteed garlic, add a wonderful depth of flavor to this moist, classic and savory Garlic Meatloaf recipe. This recipe is unusual because it uses both ground beef and ground turkey. The result is a lighter meatloaf that doesn't have as much fat.
Ground turkey is usually found in the store in two forms: all white meat, and a combination of white and dark meat. You can use either type in this easy recipe.
Garlic flavored croutons are also readily available in stores. You can make your own if you'd like; just toast bread cubes in butter with a clove or two of garlic.
The vegetables are sautéed together before the meat is added in this recipe, as in all my meatloaf recipes, because the less the mixture is handled the more tender the loaf will be. And adding uncooked vegetables to meatloaf usually doesn't work. The meatloaf mixture doesn't bake long enough to tenderize the vegetables satisfactorily.
You could use other veggies in this easy recipe. Grated carrots or finely chopped mushrooms would be delicious.
- 1 cup garlic-flavored croutons
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 finely chopped onion
- 1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 pound ground turkey, light or dark meat
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a broiler pan with slits cut into it (so the fat drains away) with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
Crush croutons, either in a food processor, or in a plastic bag. with a rolling pin. Mix with garlic salt and white pepper in large bowl and set aside.
In a medium saucepan, sauté garlic, onion, and bell pepper in olive oil until tender. Add to bowl with crouton crumbs.
Add eggs to the vegetable mixture and mix well. Add meats and mix gently but thoroughly with your hands to combine.
Form the meat mixture into a loaf on the prepared broiler pan.
In a small bowl combine ketchup, honey, and thyme and mix well. Spread half of this mixture over the loaf.
Bake the meat loaf at 350°F for 60-70 minutes until internal temperature registers 165°F, brushing with remaining ketchup mixture halfway through baking time.
Cover with foil and let the meatloaf stand for 10 minutes before slicing to serve.
|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Total Fat||14 g|
|Saturated Fat||4 g|
|Unsaturated Fat||7 g|
|Dietary Fiber||1 g|