Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

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Learn how to make a delicious turkey meatloaf. This is a tasty, moist and tender turkey meatloaf, not the dry usual meatloaf you sometimes get. Flavored with cranberries and apricots this turkey meatloaf recipe won’t let you down.

Turkey Meatloaf Recipe - With Apricots & Cranberries. Learn how to make a delicious turkey meatloaf. This is a tasty, moist and tender turkey meatloaf, not the dry usual meatloaf you sometimes get. Flavored with cranberries and apricots this turkey meatloaf recipe won’t let you down.

Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

Learn how to make a delicious and tasty turkey meatloaf. Meatloaf can be dry, but this turkey meatloaf recipe uses cranberries and apricots to keep it moist. The most complicated part is the recipe list itself, the rest is easy. You can of course use beef or chicken if you wish.

This recipe will serve 4 to 6 people. It takes about 30 minutes preparation time and 1 hour cooking time. 

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  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup diced carrot
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine (Add a little stock if you don’t want wine.)
  • 2 pounds ground chicken or turkey (white or dark meat)
  • 6 slices of bacon
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano/parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • Butter for coating the pan

Instructions – Step By Step

  1. Let’s start by soaking the dried cranberries and apricots in warm water. This will plump them up and add moisture to the meatloaf, stopping it from drying out. They also add a nice fruity flavor. Set them aside to soak for about 30 minutes.
  2. We are going to gently fry the onion, this removes the strong onion flavor and sweetens the onions by caramelizing them slightly. We don’t need to soften them too much as you want to keep a little bite.
  3. Now you can add the grated or chopped carrots to the pan and the celery. Soften them slightly and season with a little salt. You don’t need to over cook them as they will be cooked further in the oven.
  4. We can now add the white wine, making sure to cook off the alcohol leaving the sweetness of the wine. You can of course leave this out if you wish.
  5. In a large bowl, we are going to mix all the ingredients. Start with the cooled onion, carrot and celery mixture. Drain any liquid from the cranberries and apricots and add to the mixture. These should be nice and plump by now.
  6. We can now add one whisked egg. Add the black pepper and the remaining salt. Add the herbs, Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce and the ground turkey or chicken. Now you want to get your hands in there and give it a good mix, you could use a spatula but where would the fun in that be.
  7. You can now butter or oil the loaf tin. If you don’t want to use a loaf tin, simply spread the mixture about 3 cm deep onto buttered or oiled parchment paper for a flat meatloaf. Alternatively make an aluminium foil container to hold the mixture inside a baking tray.
  8. Add the mixture to the baking tray slowly. You don’t want to press it in, make sure it goes in gently and don’t over work it. Compacting it will create a hard meatloaf. Once you’re done place the bacon strips on top and bake in the preheated oven for about 1 hour (instant-read thermometer inserted in the center should register 165°F,75°C)
  9. Once cooked through, remove the pan from the oven and let it sit for about 10 minutes before slicing. The juices are sweet and loaded with taste, simply pour over the meat or add a little cornflour to thicken it into a gravy.

Tips And Hacks

Meal Planning

You can also easily divide the meatloaf into serving portions, add a little of the juices and freeze. This will keep for up to five months. Defrost and heat with the juices which will be reabsorbed back into the meat. You can store them in ZIP bags or freezer ready containers.

What Meat To Use

You can buy dark ground chicken or turkey meat for a juicier, tastier meatloaf. You can of course use all white meat, it will be slightly drier but the fruit keeps it moist. This works really well with turkey breasts.

Optional Ingredients & Suggestions

  • You could leave out the white wine but substitute with the same volume of water and stock / broth.
  • You could substitute cranberries for raisins.
  • You could substitute apricots for figs.
  • You could use the rind of an orange with a squeeze of fresh orange juice in place of the wine and apricots.
  • You could serve with a nice cranberry sauce.


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