Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Turkey and Quinoa Meatloaf

I love meatloaf.  It is one of favorite comfort foods.  It's so basic and family pleasing and, for me, a quick go to when I run out of ideas for what to make for dinner.  Occasionally ground turkey is less expensive than beef and in a few dishes it is pretty interchangeable.  I happened to have the hankering for meatloaf, but no ground beef, instead there were a few pounds of ground turkey in the freezer.  I found this recipe and have to say it was quite successful.  My kids were not crazy about the sweet 'glaze' that is on top, but I likes how it make it almost teriyaki-like.  

1/4 c. quinoa - well rinsed
1/2 c. water
1 tsp. olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
20 oz. ground turkey
1 Tbsp. tomato paste
1 Tbsp. hot pepper sauce
2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 egg
1 tsp. black pepper
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. water

1.  Bring quinoa and 1/2 water to a boil.  Reduce heat to low and simmer until the quinoa is tender and the water has been absorbed, 15-20.  Set aside to cool.
2.  Preheat oven to 350.  Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Cook onions until soft, about 5 minutes; add garlic and cook 1 minute more.  Remove from pan to cool.
3.  Stir the turkey, quinoa, onions, tomato paste, pepper sauce, 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce, egg and salt and pepper.
4.  Shape into a loaf and place on a foil lined baking sheet.  In a small bowl combine the brown sugar, 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce and 1 tsp. water.  Rub over the top of the meat.
5.  Bake about 50 minutes until no longer pink in the center, and an instant read thermometer registers 160.  Cool 10 minutes before serving.

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