I tried to get a nice picture of the meatloaf, but there is no such thing, is there? Does any food look less appetizing than meatloaf? In the picture, I hid it a bit, behind the wild arugula and the staid mashed potatoes, but there isn’t much that can be done to mask the meatloaf’s gelatinous ugliness.

That it tastes better than it looks is a happy accident. I had a pound and a quarter of meat, and accidentally added way too much liquid. The bizarre result is the most delicious meatloaf ever (and not just an unmanageable mushy mess).

1/2 medium onion, chopped
3 medium carrots, chopped
1.25 lbs ground turkey
2 T Worcestershire
pinch thyme
1/4 C stock
2 eggs
2 slices of bread, grated
1 T plus 1/4 C ketchup
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350. Saute onions until soft, add carrots and saute a bit more.

In a large bowl, combine vegetables and the rest of the ingredients, reserving 1/4 C ketchup. If your loaf is too loose to shape, add more grated bread, 1/2 slice at a time until the loaf starts to hold shape.

Turn out into a glass pan and shape into a loaf. (Do not try to bake it in a loaf pan. As the thing bakes it will extrude things that you will probably want to scrape away from the final product, and that is way harder in a loaf pan.) Top with 1/4 C ketchup and bake for an hour.


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I'm a working mother of two trying to make eating well fit into our hectic lives. I also used to own a completely chaotic bakery. Follow me for tips and tricks on how to get more whole foods into your diet.
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2 Responses to Meatloaf

  1. Jet Doye says:

    Perhaps the tomato sauced top is more photogenic? Love the "avoid the loaf pan" tip.

  2. I don't think that any part of the meatloaf looks good, it's just a question of which angle looks less bad, right? I suppose I can pretend that I'm going for the "charmingly amateur" look with these pics.

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