I don’t know what is up with me lately, but I’ve been on this “mini” thing. Maybe I’m showing how girly I really am, by loving anything tiny, and its sooo cute! Well, it’s hard to make a meatloaf look cute, no matter how mini you make it. It just looks like a hunk of ground up meat, which it kind of is… but it’s a delicious, juicy, flavor-packed hunk of meat! And what better way to cut the fat, than by subbing that ground beef with some lean turkey! (cause fat doesn’t look cute on anyone! ;)
This recipe is based off of Momma’s Meatballs. It’s the same ingredient ratio. Once you find something that works, stick with it! Basically for every 1 pound of ground meat, add 1 egg, 1 cup of bread crumbs and 1/3 cup liquid. Then toss in whatever “mix in” ingredients you might want, such as onions, cheese, dried cranberries, peppers… the list could just go on and on. And don’t forget to season and spice. For the love of all that is good, DON’T under-season ground meat!
Turkey has a great flavor, but if you want to mask the fact that this isn’t your classic beef meatloaf, here are a couple tricks I used. First off, make your bread crumbs out of a brown bread loaf. It will darken the color and visually trick you into thinking that beef, is whats for dinner. Second, when hydrating your breadcrumbs, swap that plain water with beef stock! Genius, I know. Lastly, use a bbq sauce instead of ketchup. It will help deepen the flavor.
Did I mention these are great for parties? Well they are! They make great little appetizers!
Mini Turkey Meatloaves
1 hoagie roll (I used a brown bread)
1 lb. ground turkey
1 egg, beaten
1/3 cup beef broth (or water)
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup shredded cheese (I used mozzarella)
Tear the bread into small pieces and toast in an oven at 400 degrees till slightly browned. Pulse the toasted bread in a food processor or blender till fine crumbs form. You should have about a cup of crumbs. Toss the crumbs with 1/3 cup beef broth. Season the turkey, in a bowl, with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Pour in the bread crumbs, beaten egg and cheese and mix together well. Spray a muffin tin with non stick spray and using an ice cream scoop, load each cup with your meat mixture. Brush, a little less than 1/2 tbsp, bbq sauce on the top of each loaf and bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes. Make sure the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
For a little extra caramelization, turn your oven to broil for the last minute or so of bake time. Keep a close eye on them!