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Barefoot Contessa’s Turkey Meatloaf

In case you were wondering what I served that Cream of Roasted Tomato & Rice Soup [1] with, this is it. I discovered Ina Garten’s [2] fabulous Turkey Meatloaf recipe many years ago in her first book, The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook [3], and it immediately became a family favorite.

There are a lot of things that I love about this recipe, the first being that is absolutely delicious. The onions in it are sauteed to release their sweetness and then mixed with the other seasonings before being added to the ground turkey. This yields an end product that is incredibly moist and flavorful. I also love the fact that this recipe makes a huge meatloaf. Sure, five pounds of meat is a lot, but you end up with enough for several meals, plus enough to share. Leftover meatloaf is very versatile. You can do just about anything with it. Plus, it’s really nice to have in the fridge for those busy weeknights when you don’t have a lot of time to spare.

The first day I made this, we ate it straight up with mashed potatoes and some zucchini. The next day, I served it in big, fat, grilled sandwiches topped with melted mozzarella along with my tomato soup. After that, I chopped some up and stuffed some baked potatoes with it. (I wish I had thought to take some pictures of that!) Finally, I crumbled the last of it up in some mac & cheese. (Yes, it was from a box. And no, I don’t feel a bit guilty about it!)

So, if your life often gets a little hectic and crazy like mine does, make Ina’s big, honkin’ Turkey Meatloaf on a Sunday afternoon. Your family will eat like kings for the rest of the week, and you might even find a little time to sit back and put your feet up!

If you like this recipe, you might also enjoy these from the SGCC archives:

Picadillo & Picadillo Pizza [4]

Stuffed Eggplants with Meat [5]

Easy Peasy Meatball Ziti [6]

Stuffed Jacket Potatoes with Shepherd’s Pie Filling [7]

Meatloaf Involtini [8]

And, here are some other great meatloaf recipes from around the blogs:

Moroccan Meatloaf from Simply Recipes [9]

Gluten-free Maple-Apricot Glazed Meatloaf from Karina’s Kitchen [10]

Meatloaf Cupcakes with Mashed Potato Frosting from Fine Furious Life [11]

Kalyn’s Best Meatloaf from Kalyn’s Kitchen [12]

Turkey Meatloaf with Fig Gravy from The Perfect Pantry [13]