Italian Turkey Meatloaf

NO SOUP FOR YOU! Seriously, there is no soup recipe today. Sorry if I disappointed you. If I could type out the Seinfeld theme song, I would. If you can type out the Seinfeld theme song, please email me. Everybody likes that show, right? My dad does. He also likes meatloaf, more-so than I do. To me, its a bit like a brick of meat and for an individual who isn’t all that into carnivoring, a brick of meat isn’t so appetizing. It turns out that Mr. Seinfeld has a real-life wife who likes making meatloaf and does a pretty good job with it. This is Jessica Simpson’s meatloaf recipe from her book “Deceptively Delicious.” It’s a pretty good recipe and a touch healthier than the classic hamburger-ketchup concoction. I enjoyed this dish and I think you will too.

Please laugh at this photo along with me. Meatloaf is the most un-photogenic of items. I took a million pictures and subsequently tried editing each and every one. It turns out that this recipe tastes better than it looks. What’s with the weird black/white with color focus? Not sure. It seemed like a good idea at the time.

Italian Meatloaf
Source: Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld

1C Italian-style bread crumbs
1/2C skim milk
2T olive oil
1/2 onion, finely chopped
2 stalks celery, finely chopped
1lb lean ground turkey
1/2C grated parmesan
1/2C carrot puree (I simply food process a few carrots)
1/4C ketchup
1tsp salt
1/4tsp pepper
1C bottled tomato sauce
4 slices turkey bacon

Preheat oven to 350. Lightly spray a 9x5inch loaf pan. In a large bowl, soak bread crumbs in the milk. Set aside.
Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil. Add onion and saute until translucent. Add celery and cook for about 3-4 minutes longer. Allow to cool for a few minutes. Add the celery-onion mixture to the bread crumb-milk mixture, along with the parmesan, salt, pepper, ketchup, turkey, and carrot puree. Stir to combine. Put mixture into loaf pan. Top with tomato sauce and turkey bacon. Bake for about 45-50 minutes, until center is no longer pink.

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