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Simple Turkey Meatloaf

Emeril prepared this turkey meatloaf recipe from his new book, "Emeril 20-40-60," as part of a live cooking challenge on "The Martha Stewart Show." He also made Chicken Cordon Bleu and Southern-Style Pan-Fried Catfish.Photo credit: Steven Freeman/HarperStudio

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  • Servings: 6
Simple Turkey Meatloaf

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, November 2009


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey, preferably 85 percent lean/15 percent fat, or a mix of ground breast and thigh meat
  • 2/3 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped red or green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup unseasoned dried bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup chopped celery
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Emeril's Original Essence or Creole Seasoning


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees with rack positioned in center of oven.

  2. Place turkey in a large bowl. Add onion, bell pepper, breadcrumbs, celery, egg, 1 tablespoon ketchup, garlic, Essence, salt, and pepper. Gently mix until ingredients are well combined. Transfer turkey mixture to a 1-pound loaf pan; form into a domed loaf shape.

  3. Place remaining ketchup in a small bowl; stir in hot sauce. Spoon ketchup mixture evenly over meatloaf, spreading with the back of a spoon.

  4. Bake until meatloaf is browned on top, cooked through, and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 165 degrees, 45 to 50 minutes.

  5. Remove pan from oven and let meatloaf stand 5 minutes before serving.


Reviews (6)

  • cooking4four 5 Jul, 2012

    This was a huge hit with my family, I added some carrots and some seasonings from my garden and made turkey meatloaf muffins. My husband said this was in his top five favorite home cooked dinners.

  • katstar 7 Apr, 2010

    This was DELICIOUS!!! My family's new fave meatloaf. Next time I'll make two batches, they ate it all. FAST.

  • Eric_Bishop 9 Nov, 2009

    Yes, a previous version of this recipe contained an error. The correct measurement is 1/2 cup unseasoned dried bread crumbs.

    - Eric,

  • SusanFischenich 4 Nov, 2009

    I watched the show today and they used 1/2 cup of bread crumbs

  • lexlaw 4 Nov, 2009

    Yes, please clarify the bread crumb measurement.

  • soblessedami 4 Nov, 2009

    The recipe says "1/2 gallon bread crumbs"...shouldn't it be 1/2 cup??

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