FRENCH ONION TURKEY MEATLOAF
OR French Onion Soup Turkey Meatloaf – ’cause all the flavors are in there. Yes, they are.
This takes a little longer because you do have to caramelize the onions, but it’s so, so worth it. Just for the smell in your house alone! You need two medium onions (about 1 cup, cooked) for this recipe, but sometimes, since I’m doing it already, I make a few extra to use on other things, like topping a veggie burger, inside an omelet, mixed into Greek Yogurt with some spices for a quick dip, over ice cream…
…not really – but they ARE sugary-sweet and so delicious. And, did I mention the fabulous smell?! (Warning: Your hair and clothes absorb it! I did this before church one time, for a dish to take to potluck. I left Caramel-Onion Eau d’ parfum all over the place. Lovely…but not exactly what I’d planned.)
Anyway…please try this. Even your non-onion eaters will love it because they just melt into the meat. It’s another husband approved-two-thumbs up. And, for the low-carbers, a meatloaf with NO breadcrumbs or oats. Yay!
All the flavors of French Onion Soup including the cheese – how can you possibly go wrong?
2 medium sweet onions, diced (I prefer sweet, but yellow is fine)
2 teaspoons butter or olive oil
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
20-ounce pkg ground turkey (I like dark-light mix)
1 1/4 cups shredded Gruyere, Swiss, or Provolone cheese, divided
2 Tablespoons minced fresh thyme or 2 teaspoons dried thyme
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
Few drops of hot pepper sauce
In a large skillet melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add onions, sugar, salt, and pepper. Stir to coat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until deep brown; about 45 min to 1 hour. Set aside and allow to cool down to warm before adding to the turkey mixture.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl combine the onions, ground turkey, egg, 1/2 cup of the cheese, thyme, Worcestershire sauce, and hot pepper sauce.
Place in 1 large or 2 mini loaf pans. Bake large pan 50-55 minutes, small pans 30-35 minutes or until internal temp is 160 degrees. (Will continue to cook while broiling.)
Sprinkle remaining 3/4 cup cheese over the top and broil for 2 minutes, until melted.
Makes 8 servings.
Per Serving: 229 Cal; 20 g Protein; 14 g Tot Fat; 6 g Carb; 1 g Fiber; 3 g Sugar;; 225 mg Sodium