There's something about today's meatloaf recipe that makes you think of being a kid in America, comfort food, like baseball and apple pie, right? Well you may be surprised that meatloaf dishes are centuries old with European roots. There are so many recipes and varieties that basically if you have ground meat of almost any type and a filler, like bread, crackers or even cereal and oatmeal - you can put together this hearty meal and feed an army or two.
Here's a simple recipe that you can put together in the morning and place it the oven when you get home from work and poof! You're done, enjoy.
Makes 2 large loaves (you can cut the recipe in half or freeze 1 for later)
- 3 cups chopped yellow onions
- 2 Tbls. Olive oil
- 2 tsp. kosher salt
- 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves (or 1/2 tsp dried)
- 1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce modify use A-1 or other steak sauce
- ¾ cup chicken stock
- 1/1/2 tsp tomato paste
- 5 lbs ground turkey
- 1 ½ cups plain dry bread crumbs
- 3 extra-large eggs, beaten (or equivalent egg beater)
- ¾ cups ketchup
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- In medium saucepan cook onions, oil, salt, pepper and thyme until translucent but not brown, about 15 minutes.
- Add steak sauce, chicken stock and tomato paste to mixture and mix well. Allow to cool at room temperature.
- Combine turkey, bread crumbs, eggs and onion mixture into large bowl. Mix well and shape into 2 rectangular loaves in ungreased sheet pan.
- Spread ketchup on top of meatloaf. Bake 1.5 hours until done. NOTE: Place a pan of hot water in the oven under the meatloaf to keep the top from cracking.
Serve with hot mash potatoes and brown gravy, a side vegetable and put some away for tomorrow's lunch.