Thanksgiving Meat Loaf

Want something yummy? You don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving for this great meatloaf recipe.

Thanksgiving meat loaf is one of my family’s favorite meals. In fact, it is the favorite meal of my five-year-old. He always gets so excited when I make it.

This is a very frugal meal, especially if you buy the ground turkey when it is on sale. The stuffing stretches out the meal and keeps the meat loaf moist, at the same time. Plus the ground turkey is much leaner than beef. Of course, adding the cheddar cheese may very well cancel that benefit right out! But it is yummy.

Another great thing about this meal is that is freezes really well. To save time, I often make two loaves at a time. I mix and prepare the loaves and then cook both of them up. Then it is simply a matter of slicing the meat loaf and put the extra slices on a cookie sheet for about 30 minutes. Then, I pop the frozen slices into a freezer bag and put them, bag and all, back in the freezer. Later, when we want a quick meal, I just take out the number of slices I need for that night’s dinner and microwave them right on a plate.

Here is the recipe. Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1-1/2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1-1/2 cups of seasoned stuffing mix (I buy large bags of Pepperidge Farm from a warehouse store)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • Shredded cheese
  • Ketchup

DIRECTIONS:

Combine stuffing mix, eggs and milk. Add ground turkey and mix well.

Add half of the mixture to a loaf pan (I use glass)

Put a layer of cheddar cheese on top, as thin or thick as you like.

Add remaining turkey combo on top.

Add ketchup and spread over top of loaf with the back of a spoon.

Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 50-65 minutes.

Mary Ann Romans writes about her family’s money saving secrets in the Frugal Living Blog here at Families.com

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Mary Ann Romans is a freelance writer, online content manager, wife and mother of three children. She lives in Pennsylvania in the middle of the woods but close enough to Target and Home Depot. The author of many magazine, newspaper and online articles, Mary Ann enjoys writing about almost any subject. "Writing gives me the opportunity to both learn interesting information, and to interact with wonderful people." Mary Ann has written more than 5,000 blogs for Families.com since she started back in December 2006. Contact her at maromans AT verizon.net or visit her personal blog http://homeinawoods.wordpress.com

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