Apple Sage Turkey Meatloaf
When your husband tells you your meatloaf is as good as his favorite from Joan’s on Third, you know you’ve got a winning recipe on your hands.
My hubby is a meatloaf connoisseur and despite saying he enjoyed my previous turkey meatloaf recipes, he’s never raved about them like he did with this one.
He was actually deeply immersed in what looked like an extremely aggravating call with Direct TV when I plopped my latest creation down in front of him.
Taking a break from scowling at the phone, he took a hesitant bite.
The look of exasperation immediately dissipated and a look of startled delight spread across his face.
“What is this?!” he asked.
You see, as I’ve mentioned before, my husband prefers classic savory recipes and is often weary of the nontraditional flavor combos I attempt with his favorite dishes. Like the pumpkin lasagna and sweet potato hummus recipes from earlier this month though, I once again served him up a pleasant surprise.
The hints of cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger from the pumpkin pie spice provide a unique complexity that nicely complements the subtly sweet apple throughout the loaf, and pairs perfectly with the earthy aromas of the sage.
This turkey meatloaf is a great alternative to ground beef recipes, and considering the recent reports from the WHO comparing red meat to cigarettes — it’s the perfect time to try a healthy swap.
The applesauce and shredded apple provide plenty of moisture to the lean turkey loaf, giving it that same melt in your mouth texture as the beefy version.
At first I was worried the ketchup would clash with the dish but I knew my hubby would scoff at a ketchup-less loaf, so I begrudgingly included it.
It actually went great with the flavors (in addition to serving as a comforting segue between the new and traditional aspects of the recipe).
The moral of this story: guys don’t know what they want — don’t tell them that though.
- 1 Onion, diced
- 3 Celery Sticks, diced
- 1 Apple, peeled, cored, shredded
- 1 Garlic Clove
- 1 tsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- ½ C. Oats
- ½ C. Applesauce (unsweetened)
- 1 Egg
- 2 T. Sage, chopped
- ¼ tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 1 lb Lean Ground Turkey
- 1 tsp. Salt
- ½ tsp. Pepper
- ¼ C. Ketchup (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Dice onion, celery, and garlic and peel, then grate apple. Saute all together with olive oil over medium heat for about 10 minutes.
- While the veggies cook, mix oats, applesauce, egg, sage, spice, salt, pepper, and turkey together in a large bowl.
- Add apple/veggie mix to the turkey mixture and combine thoroughly, using your hands if necessary.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and form mixture into a loaf.
- Top with ketchup or another spread.
- Bake for about 50 minutes.
I’m going to go out on a limb and say this is the best meatloaf I’ve ever made.
My only regret – not cutting bigger pieces. He went back for thirds!
Note: the portions pictured are only 1/8 of the loaf (hence the need for repeat servings). The nutritional info is for 1/4 of the loaf.
More = Better.
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