Turkey Meatloaf

Photo: Sang An

If you like meatloaf, a quintessential comfort food, you'll love this leaner version made with ground turkey.


  • 4 slices white bread, crusts trimmed, torn into pieces

  • 8 small sage leaves

  • 1 ½ pounds ground lean turkey

  • 1 large yellow onion, cut into eighths

  • 1 stalk celery, cut into 2-inch pieces

  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1 large whole egg, lightly beaten

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 4 teaspoons Dijon mustard

  • 1 ¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • ¾ teaspoon coarse salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 large egg white

  • Cheater's Gravy, for serving

  • Healthy Garlic Mashed Potatoes, for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees, with rack in center. Place bread and sage leaves in the bowl of a food processor; pulse to form fine crumbs. Transfer to a medium bowl, and add ground turkey.

  2. Place onion and celery in bowl of food processor; pulse until finely chopped. Add to turkey mixture, using hands to combine. Add thyme, whole egg, 1 tablespoon tomato paste, mustard, 1 teaspoon Worcestershire, and salt; season with pepper. Combine well. Place in a 9-by-5-by-2 1/2-inch nonstick loaf pan.

  3. In a small bowl, combine egg white with remaining tablespoon tomato paste and 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire, whisking with a fork until smooth. Spoon mixture over meatloaf; spread to coat evenly.

  4. Transfer pan to oven; place a baking sheet on lower rack to catch drippings. Cook until a meat thermometer inserted in center of meatloaf registers 180 degrees, about 1 1/4 hours. Remove from oven; let rest 15 minutes covered with foil.

  5. To serve, cut meatloaf into 12 slices, and divide evenly among six serving plates. Serve immediately with mashed potatoes and hot gravy.

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