Thankful Loaf

A very easy recipe that will make you thankful that you picked up the frozen tube of ground turkey and the box of stove top stuffing at the food bank.

Good side dishes include: mashed potatoes, corn, gravy and most anything else you would find on a Thanksgiving table. Don’t forget the cranberry sauce. The food bank almost always has more cranberry sauce than they can handle.

Equipment

  • Oven
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Loaf pan (You can use a pie pan, but the loaf will cook faster.)

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 box stove top stuffing mix (or two cups of bagged stuffing)
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 2 eggs
  • Black pepper to taste (The stuffing mix already has plenty of salt.)
  • 1Tbs vegetable oil (peanut oil, corn oil or any other type of cooking oil is fine. Do not waste extra virgin olive oil on this. Save it for salads.)

Steps

  1. Defrost the ground turkey if necessary.
  2. Place the rack about the middle of the oven.
  3. Heat the oven to 350F.
  4. Put the turkey into the mixing bowl.
  5. Dice the celery.
  6. Add it to the bowl.
  7. Peel and dice the onion.
  8. Add it to the bowl.
  9. Add the stuffing mix.
  10. Add the eggs.
  11. Time for a decision! You can mix everything together with a spoon which takes longer, or you can do what I do. I wash my hands well, and rinse them in warm water. Then, without drying them off, use my hands to mix it all together evenly. It’s your choice, but the ingredients should be thoroughly combined.
  12. Grease the loaf pan (or pie pan) with the vegetable oil..
  13. Stuff the mixture into the pan. Make the center higher than the sides.
  14. Put it in the oven.
  15. If you are using a loaf pan, cook for about 50 minutes. If you use a pie pan, 35-40 minutes.

You should get about four generous servings from this.

Tweaks

Before you mix everything together, there are other things you can add

  • Poultry seasoning
  • Dried cranberries
  • Walnuts or pecans

After the meatloaf is cooked, some people like to put a layer of mashed potatoes on top, cover it with grated cheese and put it back in the oven for about 5 minutes.

A good, filling meal is always the occasion for giving thanks.

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