Italian Style Turkey Meatloaf

Sometimes, there’s nothing more satisfying than a nice slice of meatloaf.  It’s comfort food at it’s finest.  I have a recipe I’ve been making for years, learned it from my momma.  Basically just dump meat, egg, breadcrumbs, ketchup and mustard in and mix it up with your hands…top with bacon and voila!  But over the years, I think my tastes have changed a bit.  I’ve begun experimenting with different flavors and become a little bit more creative with my meatloaf.  Same basic idea, I never lose the bacon, but I’ve also added other fun things like little hunks of cheese, sauteed veggies, etc.  The other day, I had some ground turkey that needed using, some lonely pancetta and some sundried tomatoes.  So this Italian-style turkey meatloaf was born.  It was delicious!  I served it with some white rice and a tomato-avocado salad.

Dump all our ingredients in the bowl – except the pancetta.  This includes: ground turkey, bread crumbs, garlic, egg, pepper, Parmesan cheese, shredded basil and chopped sundried tomatoes.

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Mix together with your hands – don’t over-mix.

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Form into a loaf on a sheet tray.  Top with pancetta.

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Bake at 375 degrees for about 50 minutes or until turkey is cooked-through and pancetta is crispy.

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Slice, serve and enjoy!

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Recipe:

1 lb ground turkey
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 egg
1 teaspoon pepper
2/3 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup shredded basil
1/4 cup sundried tomatoes, chopped
6 oz sliced pancetta

Mix all ingredients except pancetta together in a bowl.  Do not over-mix.  Form into a loaf shape on a sheet pan.  Cover with sliced pancetta.  Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 50 minutes or until the turkey is cooked and pancetta is crispy.

Enjoy!

Caroline