Italian Meatloaf

Our boys love meatballs, so I thought this might be like a meatball, but in a different shape. I was kind of right.

Ingredients:
Non-stick cooking spray
1 cup Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs
1/2 cup milk
2 T olive oil
1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
2 celery stalks, finely chopped
1 pound ground turkey
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1/2 cup carrot puree (I use baby food)
1/4 cup catsup
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1 cup tomato sauce
4 slices bacon

Instructions:
Preheat over to 350 and coat a 9×5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, soak the breadcrumbs in the milk.

Coat a large non-stick skillet with cooking spray and set it over medium-high heat. Add the oil and onions and cook for about 7 minutes, occasionally stirring. Add the celery and cook about 3 minutes more. Put the onion mixture in with the breadcrumb mixture. Add the turkey, Parmesan, carrot puree, ketchup, salt and pepper. Stir (or use your hands) to combine.

Put the mixture in the loaf pan and smooth the top. Spread tomato sauce over the meatloaf and lay the strips of bacon on top. Bake about 45-50 minutes or until the meatloaf in no longer pink and the bacon begins to brown.

We had this with broccoli sprinkled with Parmesan and some watermelon.

Did I change anything? I didn’t change anything, but I think the next time I make this I will use less tomato sauce. The meatloaf wasn’t as firm as I am used to, so I think less tomato sauce might help.

What did the family think? Well, the kids were not convinced that this was like a meatball but in a different shape. However, after quite a bit of stalling, they did finally eat it and actually liked it. Our youngest even ate the bacon…he has never had bacon. Ever.

from Deceptively Delicious

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