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my turkey meatloaf needs work

Hi All! DH picked up a package of ground turkey breast the other night, and I was tired of the usual recipes... so I had to do *something* with it last night. I made a basic turkey meatloaf, didn't have a lot on hand to work with:
1 package ground turkey
3/4 c panko
1/4 c egg substitute
2 tsp caribbean pepper spice
1 onion
~2 cloves minced garlic

baked 20 minutes in muffin cups because we were too hungry to wait for a full sized meatloaf to cook.

it was moist, but not as flavorful as I'd hoped. I had hoped the spice would kick it up. I'm not a huge fan of glazes/sauces/gravies on meatloaf but I'm open to suggestions.

I've seen several recipes that add carrots/mushrooms or other veg to the mix, Dh is not a huge fan of that idea.

whaddya think?

Oh. and I did look at the "best meatloaf ever" and other meatloaf threads, but they didn't really answer my question. :)

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  1. I don't mean to be unresponsive but i don't think any ingredient will make a ground turkey meatloaf good.
    Much as i like meatloaf in many of it's permutations, for me the only ingredients you could have added are beef and pork, loosing the turkey!!
    Good luck in your quest.
    dick

    1. Try adding some dried porcini mushroom powder for some earthiness and complexity.

      Available here:
      http://www.amazon.com/JR-Mushrooms-Sp...

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      1. re: TrishUntrapped

        sauteed chopped shiitake work well too, and if you use the dried ones you can add some of the soaking liquid for even more flavor. same goes for sun-dried tomatoes.

      2. I would switch out the panko and use fresh bread crumbs. Also, cook the onions to almost caramelized before adding. Add some anchovie paste to the pan while cooking. This adds a moistness and depth to turkey preparations. I am thinking you need some ketchup (heavens!). Good luck.

        1. I love turkey meatloaf. This is a favorite version for me.

          I add fresh cilantro (or you could use parsley), thyme, fine chopped onion, whole slices of bread soaked in milk and squeezed, s/p, chipoltes in adobo chopped up fine, roasted red peppers, lots of garlic, cumin and a little paprika. A neat trick, cut bell peppers in thick rings and stuff with the matloaf mixture. Lay flat on some parchment paper and bake. I like to top mine with a little ketchup mixed with a little brown sugar for a light glaze and then I top mine the last 10 minutes with a good white cheddar and melt.

          Although this is my favorite, I have used mushrooms, onions, celery, the bread slices again, fresh herbs, worcestershire, garlic, many of the traditional, but with the turkey I often use a few more vegetables with it. It adds a nice texture.

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          1. re: kchurchill5

            Giada has a good turkey meatloaf recipe with sundried tomatoes and feta.

            1. re: Janet from Richmond

              That would be good.

          2. Here's one that's quite good, although I must admit I don't care for turkey meatloaves in general. A friend made this and I sampled it, made a great cold sandwich.

            Jalapeno/Chipotle Meat loaf:
            2 or 3 chopped jalapeno peppers
            2 teaspoons chipotle Tabasco sauce
            1/2 cup finely chopped onion 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
            1/4 cup regular oats 1/4 cup dry breadcrumbs
            1/4 cup tomato sauce 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
            1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
            1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
            1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 garlic cloves, minced
            2 large egg whites 1 pound ground turkey
            1 pound ground turkey breast
            Cooking spray

            Topping:
            1/4 cup tomato sauce
            1 tablespoon ketchup
            1/2 teaspoon hot sauce

            Preheat oven to 350°.
            Combine jalapenos, chipotle tabasco sauce, onion, and next 14 ingredients (through ground turkey breast) in a large bowl, stirring to combine. Place turkey mixture in a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes.

            To prepare topping, combine 1/4 cup tomato sauce, ketchup, and hot sauce in a small bowl; brush mixture evenly over meat loaf. Cover and bake an additional 30 minutes or until thermometer registers 160°. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.

            Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 1 slice)

            1. juju, this recent thread about turkey burgers will be very helpful. the discussion turned to turkey meatloaf several times, and most of the tips can be applied to both applications...

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/632004

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              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                thanks! I'll check that one out. :)