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turkey meatloaf slices on a plate with cooked barley and diced avocado
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5 from 3 votes

Turkey meatloaf

An incredibly moist and flavorful turkey meatloaf with breadcrumbs and avocado.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 slices
Calories: 180kcal
Author: Amira

Ingredients

  • 1 (160g) ripe avocado. Note1
  • 1 (150g) onion.
  • 1 cup (65g) Panko breadcrumbs.
  • 1 teaspoon pink salt or to taste.
  • 3/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning.
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice.
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander.
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper.
  • 3 large garlic cloves crushed.
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce.
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten, optional. (Note2)
  • 2 pounds ground turkey meat.

For the glaze:

  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce.
  • 1/4 cup ketchup.

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 400F
  • In a deep bowl, scoop up the avocado flesh and mash with a fork.
  • Add all the spices, taste the mixture and adjust seasoning if needed. Let it set for 10 minutes.
  • Add the eggs if using then lightly mix in the ground turkey.
  • Shape on a piece of parchment paper large enough to fit in a 9x13 loaf pan.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes.
  • Prepare the glaze in a bowl, then spread over the loaf.
  • Return to oven for 5-10 more minutes.
  • Take the loaf out and wait for it to cool down a bit before slicing.

Notes

Note1: One of my kids does not even like the sight of avocados and I was worried that he might sense what is in there. Surprisingly, he did not even ask when he saw some green bits here and there as I did not mince it super fine.
Note2: I have tried both versions and tested it on my family. Personally adding eggs made the turkey unnecessarily over moist which is hard to believe when it comes to turkey meatloaves. But it was too tender for our taste. I have to say now of my kids liked it with eggs more.
Serving suggestions: Here are some of our favorite sides to go with the meatloaf. Try this fragrant yellow rice or give this rice pilaf a try. Here's my favorite brussels sprouts dish or may be this roasted butternut squash.
Values calculated without the eggs and using pink salt.
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Nutrition

Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 13.1g | Protein: 23.8g | Fat: 3.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1.6g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 230.2mg | Potassium: 120.1mg | Fiber: 1.8g | Sugar: 3.1g