It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is already over and now we are preparing for Christmas! Before Thanksgiving we had a snow storm that dumped 6 1/2 feet of snow on us over a three-day time period. Now most of that snow is gone. I am fairly busy at work since I will be taking time off for Christmas, which means a lot of work has to get done! Plus a lot of Christmas shopping and writing out Christmas cards needs to happen over the next couple of weeks. Over the years I have reduced the number of Christmas cards we send. A couple of years ago I decided to no longer send Christmas cards to people who do not send them. It makes writing out the ones I do send more enjoyable. What is your practice? Do you send out cards? Do you only send them to people who send cards to you?
My husband loves meatloaf and over the past couple of years I have been trying different recipes. I typically do not eat meatloaf but I do like to try recipes with a nice sauce and experiment with different ingredients. This was a good recipe – though if I make it again I will add more liquids because it was a dense meatloaf. Plus I would add some sauce to the top before baking to help retain more moisture. Do you add sauce to your meatloaf before baking? The layering affect was nice though a bit challenging to serve since the top layer wanted to break off! Another option is to mix in the filling ingredients.
1 large onion, chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
Ground Turkey Mixture
2 pounds ground turkey or ground beef
½ cup skim milk
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups seasoned bread crumbs
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
4 ounces mozzarella, sliced or shredded
Sun dried tomatoes, diced
1/3 cup fresh basil
Chunky Red Sauce
Roma tomatoes or your choice of chunky or crushed tomatoes
¼ to ½ cup packed dark brown sugar
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Cook the vegetables in olive oil until tender. Combine ground turkey mixture and then add the cooked vegetables. To make your meatloaf you will place some of the turkey mixture in a meatloaf pan then layer mozzarella, sun dried tomatoes and fresh basil. Continue until all ingredients are used. Bake in a 400 degrees oven until it reaches 165 degrees. About 50 to 60 minutes depending upon your oven.
Make the sauce and serve hot over the meatloaf.