Individual Turchicken Meatloaves…..

Yup.  You guessed it, ground turkey and chicken meatloaves.  Here’s how I came up with this meatloaf.    I was watching Food Network and Rachel Ray was making turchicken burgers.  I then used my good friend Lori’s meatloaf recipe and used this combination of meat instead of ground beef.  I find boneless skinless chicken thighs really flavorful.  I bought the boneless, skinless thighs and trimmed them of excess fat.  I cut them into chunks and put them into my food processor to finely chop the meat.  Worked out perfectly.  You can skip this step, of course, and buy ground chicken.

As far as my friend Lori’s recipe, it’s awesome!  I think the ingredient list is quite unique and I love the lemon juice in the meatloaf and the lemon slice that goes on top.  It’s different than my meatloaf I’ve ever had.  I’m not sure if she got this one from her Mom, but I tell you, everything her Mom made was so delicious and so different from what I grew up eating. (and I LOVE my Mom’s cooking)  One of the most interesting things she made was barbecued  chicken with this sauce that consisted of equal parts yellow mustard, molasses and cider vinegar.  Deeeeeeelish!  She just kept basting the chicken with this interesting sauce.  She also cooked over charcoal, need I say more?

The greatest thing about cooking is you can take bits and pieces from different recipes and put them together to your own taste.  I encourage you to do this with my recipes as well.  Make little notes on your recipes so you can duplicate the next time.   Take little risks in the kitchen.  Sometimes it’s great, sometimes not so.  This is how you develop your very own unique recipes and kitchen skills.

Individual Turchicken Meatloaves

3/4 lb. ground chicken (buy ground or process boneless and skinless chicken thighs)
3/4 lb. ground turkey
4 slices stale bread or bread ends
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 slightly beaten egg
6 lemon slices


2 teaspoons Lawry’s Seasoning Salt
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 cup ketchup
1/3 cup brown sugar

1) Preheat the oven to 350′.  Foil line a cookie sheet and coat well with cooking spray, or use non stick foil.
2)  Place the bread in a large mixing bowl and add the lemon juice, onion and egg.  Squish together well with very clean hands.  Add the meats and mix well with your hands.  Shape into 6 oblong loaves and place on cookie sheet.  Place in the oven and set the timer for 15 minutes.
3)  Mix all sauce ingredients together until well blended and divide in half.  After the loaves have baked for 15 minutes, top with half of the sauce and 1 slice of lemon.  Bake an additional 40 minutes.  Serve with the extra sauce.  Serves 6.

Serve with a simple baked potato and steamed broccoli or green beans.

Have a great day!