Saturday, February 13, 2010

"Canada Goose" Loaf

No, we're not actually eating a "honker" as i grew up calling them. My husband wanted to eat something themed with the hosting country of the Olympics, this year that's Canada. I couldn't think of anything we had on hand or could get cheaply or easily that would fill that roll (elk, caribou, moose?), so i'm making a turkey meatloaf with ground turkey meat i had in the freezer.
I'm making this up as i go along, but my mom says that's the best way to do it. Here's what i ended up with:
  • 1 finely chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves + some jarred diced garlic
  • 1/2 12.oz can of tomato paste
  • assorted herbs and spices to taste + salt and pepper
  • splash Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 cup(ish) chicken stock
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 package lean ground turkey
  • ~1 cup oats
Saute the first 6 ingredients until onions are soft. Add more chicken stock if the pan is simmering dry. Meanwhile preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a loaf pan with nonstick.

In a bowl, mix together turkey and oatmeal. Add the sauteed onion mixture (let it cool first!) and mix thoroughly, add the 2 eggs, scrambled first and mix it all up until it's well blended. I could have added more oats and have the loaf be oatier, but this turned out moist and meaty. Spoon the meat mixture into the loaf pan and top with remainder of tomato paste. Cook for about 1 hour, or until toothpick (or chopstick in my case) comes out clean.
Next time i think i'll use two packages turkey with a bit more oats and see how it turns out.
Served with freshly picked and steamed broccoli from the garden.

This was SUPER delicious, and happened to time out perfectly (between mixing and rising bagel dough and simmering herbal hair rinse) to eat during the opening ceremonies. The husband reviews: "some of the best meatloaf i've ever had. It's true." That's a good review, if you ask me!
Don't feel limited to the ingredients i listed. This would be great with mushrooms, hot peppers, sweet peppers, corn, you name it. This mixture turned out smooth, moist, and evenly textured. I look forward to sandwiches with the last little bit left (we had a hard time not eating the whole loaf!)

Did you make anything special for the Olympic opening cermonies?

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