With the start of a new year comes the New Year’s Resolutions, and for most people that involves eating healthier and/or exercising more. We’ve all heard about the overload of people at gyms in January, much to the dismay of regular gym-goers. Thankfully I work out at home, but I experienced something just as terrifying at the grocery store last Sunday afternoon. I strolled over to the ground turkey section of the meat case only to discover there were only 2 packages of ground turkey left!!! It was not even on sale! My theory: the gung-ho New Year’s Resolution-ites are buying up all the ground turkey in an effort to cook more healthfully. I felt just like one of these regular gym goers – I am a loyal turkey purchaser who counts on the stuff just being there; I guess I shouldn’t take it for granted! Anyway, I quickly picked up 1 package of turkey and hid it in my cart as I continued shopping. Never know when a turkey thief is lurking around the aisle.
So, what exactly were my plans for said turkey? Last month I finally tried out this turkey meatloaf recipe I saw on Annie’s Eats a long time ago. It’s adapted from Ina Garten, so I figured I would love it. I had made turkey meatloaf only once before and it turned out very watery – perhaps ground turkey has more liquid/water content than ground beef? Annie had the genius idea of lining the loaf pan with sandwich bread to absorb this liquid and let me tell you, no more soggy meatloaf!
This recipe was so fantastic that I couldn’t wait to make it again. This time I made meatloaf muffins, and this is how I will make them from now on. I love how they are pre-portioned and each one is like a capsule, keeping in all of the moisture. I’m not exactly sure what makes this meatloaf so tasty – I think it’s that the onions are cooked and then seasoned with Worcestershire and tomato paste. Mmm. And the ketchup on top is fantastic. My mom never put ketchup on our meatloaf, but I really like it. Bob said it was like “frosting on top of the meatloaf cupcakes.” Whatever works for him 🙂 I was so tempted to apply the label “Muffins” to this post, but I’ll refrain…