Friday, November 8, 2013

Thanksgiving Meatloaf with Gravy

I am so excited that Thanksgiving is on it's way  I love Thanksgiving because it's all about the food!  Okay, so I also love celebrating with my family and giving thanks for all my many blessings too.  But we all know, it's about sitting down and chowing down on some traditional Thanksgiving dishes that makes us all want to wear a pair of pants with a little extra "room".  : )   So why wait to get a taste of that wonderful food?  I decided to celebrate early with this Thanksgiving Meatloaf.   It's full of the traditional flavors of turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy.  I am a stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy girl so I loved putting these flavors together in this turkey meatloaf .   Let me tell you, every bite felt like Thanksgiving dinner.

2lbs of ground Turkey or ground Chicken
2 box of Chicken flavored Stove Top Stuffing
1 can of jellied cranberry sauce
1Tbs Poultry Seasoning
1 Tbs of brown mustard or Dijon mustard
2 cloves of garlic finely minced or grated
2 eggs
Salt and Pepper to taste
1/2 tsp of red chili flakes (optional)
2 cups hot water


 In a heatproof bowl, add your two boxes of stuffing, poultry seasoning, mustard, garlic and chili flakes.

Pour the two cups of hot water over the stuffing and mix well to soften.    

Then mix together the 2 lbs of ground chicken or turkey, salt and pepper and 2 eggs.  Mix both the stuffing and the meat mixture together.

Take more than half of the meatloaf mixture and start to make your meatloaf.  Lay slices of the cranberry sauce in the middle and top with the remaining meatloaf mixture.

Take time to make sure all the cranberry sauce is surrounded by the meatloaf mixture. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 50-55 minutes or until fully cooked. Slice and serve with gravy.  I have included my homemade stove top gravy below. Enjoy.

 Directions for my Stove top Gravy:
In a large skillet, melt 2 Tbs of butter/margarine and 1 Tbs of canola oil together. 

 Then slice an onion and allow to cook gently at medium heat until they fully soften.  Add salt and pepper.  I cooked it for about 10 minutes to get the onions softened but not brown.
 Next add 1/4 cup of all purpose flour. 
 Cook the flour with the other ingredients for about 2 minutes until the raw flour flavor is gone.
 Add 2 cups of chicken broth (or water and chicken bullion equivalent) to the pan and bring to a simmer.
Add 1/2 Tbs of Worcestershire sauce and 1 cup of half and half or whole milk to the pan.  Stir well and allow to thicken.  If you need add more salt and seasoning.

Enjoy with mash potatoes and any of  your favorite vegetables. 

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  1. That's by far the most interesting meatloaf I've ever seen. Sounds delicious!

  2. I love fact we had it for dinner last night. LOVE this variation...YUM!

  3. Cranberry jelly in meatloaf? JUMMIE! Since my hubby is here in Holland we haven’t been celebrating thanksgiving. And we should this year! Can’t wait!
    Hope you have great plans for this weekend!

  4. A Thanksgiving meatloaf?! What a great idea! I love Thanksgiving too, so much yummy food! This looks good because it has stuffing and cranberry, two of my favorite Thanksgiving fixings!

  5. Ramona! I don't want to wait for Thanksgiving either! And this is perfect! When eating Thanksgiving leftovers...I usually go for a plate of stuffing with gravy and cranberry sauce! So this is perfect! I love the layer of cranberry in the center! Hope you have a great weekend!!!

  6. What a fun meatloaf! I love Thanksgiving, too and this is such a fun idea! Nicely done!

  7. What a great meatloaf! I love thanksgiving food and I love meatloaf. I love the cranberry addition. What a great post!

  8. This pretty much just blew my mind. For real. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday!

  9. Now this is a different twist on a classic. I like the cranberry sauce inside, going to have to try it. Forgive me for being so far behind on my reading.

  10. This looks wonderful! I can't wait for thanksgiving!

  11. Don't be surprised...I actually have never tried meatloaf before! Oh maybe once...somewhere, but that's it! Looks delicious - I have to try it with the kids one day before kids become an adult without eating one! :D

  12. What I fun idea!!! I am so excited for Thanksgiving. It is my favorite holiday. This little meatloaf is the perfect way to start the fun.

  13. I have one word for this: YUUUUUMMMM! This is a brilliant idea, Ramona! All the fun and flavor of Thanksgiving wrapped into one glorious meatloaf! :D

  14. You are so smart! You've captured the essence of Thanksgiving food all in one great meatloaf. I have never thought to venture outside of the same meatloaf I have made since I was first married, but this certainly gives me courage to move in other directions. :)

  15. What a neat recipe! I love a new take on traditional ingredients. I bet this is a family pleaser! Well done!

  16. I'm with you, Ramona! While I am certainly thankful.....Thanksgiving is all about the food! This is an incredibly unique meatloaf. How clever for the stuffing to help with the binding and that layer of cranberry sauce is to die for! : )

  17. It's been forever since we've had meatloaf and this one is mouthwatering. This may be on my Thanksgiving menu if I can wait that long!!!

  18. What a fantastic idea for meatloaf! I haven't made one yet this fall...and you made me hungry :)

  19. Thanksgiving meatloaf! You are one creative lady! Love it!

  20. Love that you added your super useful step by step pictures because it would be confusing for me otherwise to make it from scratch since I have no clue what a meatloaf is suppose to taste like. Thank you! =)

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