Archive for Things Based on Meat Loaf

Sriracha Marinara with Turkey Meatballs

This is based on a Martha Stewart recipe. I changed the meatballs a bit and increased the ingredients so there are a whole bunch to freeze.

Meatballs
2 lb Ground Turkey
16 oz frozen chopped spinach (I get the loose kind in a bag and throw it in the food processor while frozen to chop it up super fine)
2/3 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
1 tsp dried garlic
2 tsp dried onion
2 eggs

Sauce
1 diced onion
2 coves minced garlic
1/8-1/4 cup Sriracha
2 large cans crushed tomatoes
salt & pepper to taste

1 lb cooked pasta (I like thin spaghetti)

Mix all ingredients. Shape into 1″ balls. I use a cookie scoop because I don’t like toughing raw meat. Place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Freeze about half of the meatballs and for next time.

 

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Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers

Just when you thought I exhausted all the possibilities of Things Based on Meatloaf, I came up with this beauty. I think this was my first time making stuffed peppers and they turned out really good. I added sliced eggplant and red peppers from our garden around the peppers and served it with cornbread.

Ingredients
4 large bell peppers of your favorite color
1 jar spaghetti sauce (I used a tasty organic vodka sauce)

Filling
1/3 cup rice
1 lb. ground turkey
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1 egg
1 tbs. dried onion
1 tsp. dried garlic
3 tbs. ketchup

Directions
Cook rice and 2/3 cup water. Mix all filling ingredients. Clean peppers, cut off top and core. Place in a casserole dish and fill with meat mix. . Microwave for about 5 minutes to start heating. Poor sauce around peppers and bake at 375 degrees for one hour.

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Poor Man’s Alfredo

I just made this up tonight and it turned out pretty good. The kids asked for seconds and didn’t freak about the parsley, you know that’s a good sign. For some reason I was in the mood for one of those prepackaged Knorr pasta sides, but I never buy them. So I made this and the whole family loved it. Served with Meat Loaf, of course.

Ingredients
Noodles
Butter
Half & Half
Garlic Powder
Nutmeg
Salt
Pepper
Parsley (I always have some frozen)

Directions
Cook noodles, drain. In the pot melt some butter, add some half and half. Season. Add noodles to pot, heat. Add chopped parsley and serve. I didn’t measure anything, just guessed.

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Turkey Burgers

From the “Things Based on Meat Loaf” series. This is the exact same recipe as Spaghetti & Meatballs, just without the cheese.

Ingredients
1 lb. ground turkey
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1 egg
1 tbs. dried onion
1/2 tbs. dried garlic
3 tbs. ketchup

Directions
Mix all ingredients. Form into patties, fry or preferably grill. Yummo.

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Spaghetti & Meatballs

Another family favorite from the series “Things Based on Meat Loaf.”

Meatballs Ingredients
1 lb. ground turkey (feel free to substitute beef, I only cook with turkey)
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1 egg
1 tbs. dried onion
1/2 tbs. dried garlic
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
3 tbs. ketchup

Other Ingredients
Box of spaghetti
Jar of sauce – look for a really tasty pre-made sauce, you’d be surprised how much better some are

Directions
Mix all meatball ingredients. Shape into 1.5″ balls (I have a cookie scooper that works really well so you don’t have to touch any of the nasty). Either fry in olive oil on the stove or bake. Baking is easier, but frying is tastier. To bake, place on lightly oiled cookie sheet and bake at 400 for 3o minutes or until brown. To fry, well, you can figure that out, but use olive oil because it’s yummier. Add cooked meatballs to heated sauce.

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Swedish Meatballs

meatballs

The next entry in the series “Things Based on Meat Loaf.” Ohhhh, yeah, I’m adding pictures to the blog! Raw meat is a great place to start.

Meatballs Ingredients
1 lb. ground turkey (feel free to substitute beef but I claim no responsibility if it doesn’t work out for you)
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 egg
2 tbs. dried onion
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1 tbs. Worcestershire sauce

Sauce Ingredients
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup sour cream
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1 tbs. Worcestershire sauce

Directions
Mix all meatball ingredients. Shape into 1″ balls (I have a cookie scooper that works really well so you don’t have to touch any of the nasty). Place on lightly oiled cookie sheet and bake at 400 for 2o minutes. While that is baking mix all sauce ingredients and microwave for 5-10 minutes until boiling. Add cooked meatballs, cover and bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes. Serve over buttered noodles.

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Turkey Meat Loaf

I’ve been neglecting this blog for a while, so I’m starting a new series titled “Things Based on Meat Loaf.” First entry… Meat Loaf!

On a side note, I don’t eat beef. Leftover habit from my obligatory Art History major vegetarianism from undergrad school. I don’t have any problem with it, I just don’t eat it. You can certainly substitute ground beef for any of these recipes. I add a little extra spicing which maybe you’d want to cut down on?? I don’t know, it’s been well over 20 years since I tasted beef.

Ingredients
2 lbs. ground turkey
1 envelope onion soup mix
1 tsp. garlic
1 cup Italian bread crumbs
2 eggs
1/3 cup ketchup

Topping
Worcestershire sauce & ketchup

Directions
Mix all ingredients, shape into a ball, dump in a baking pan, bake at 350 for about an hour. Voilá, meat loaf. I like to make baked potatoes with it because they take an hour in the oven too. It’s like God is telling you these things belong together isn’t it? My baked potatoes are pretty amazing, rub them in oil and sprinkle kosher salt on both sides. Ten years in restaurants I had to learn something useful. Oh, don’t forget to spread the topping on the meat loaf for the last 5-10 minutes.

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