Sunday, November 29, 2020

Turkey 'Meatloaf'

 I cooked a huge turkey this year.  

13.8 lbs. is huge when you think it was only going to feed two people, one of whom only eats the white meat.

But the bargain hunter, moi, can't pass up a great deal and that part of me had to buy it.   

Hey, it was on sale for 38 cents a lb.   Usually I figure I done good to get one at 59 or so cents a pound, but this was 38 cents a lb. which meant I got a huge turkey for $5.21 total.

I roasted it, and it was good.  We ate our fill.  I'm the dark meat lover in the family, so I got a whole drumstick, all to myself, and ate the wings for lunches.  Froze the remainder of the breast meat, for future meals.

Then it hit me. I had lots and lots of dark meat left.  And pardon me, but I really do not like the thighs.   I don't like chicken thighs and turkey thighs are right up there.  I'd already taken the meat off the bones, cause HELLO!!!! I make turkey stock out of the carcass and any remaining bones end up in there. 

Which meant I had a lot of thigh meat.  I ate some on sandwiches, but that grew old, fast.  

Then I got an idea! 

Turkey 'Meatloaf'

I still had some of my Wild Rice stuffing, half of a Hasselback sweet potato and some incredible Cranberry Strawberry Jam. 

I chunked up the remaining turkey, threw it into the food processor and broke it up a little more.  Dumped it into a large bowl, added the leftover stuffing, diced up the remaining sweet potato and mixed it together with 2 eggs.  

I divided it among 4 mini loaf pans, spooned some of the Cranberry Strawberry Jam I'd made on top, and baked them for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.  I needed to make sure the eggs had time to cook.  

Turkey 'Meatloaf'

After I'd pulled them out of the oven, I didn't let the first loaf rest very long before I cut into it.  Which meant it 'crumbled' a little. I had to taste test it.  And it made my mouth very happy.  Very. 

Turkey 'Meatloaf'

OMG, this was the best tasting 'meatloaf' I think I've had in years.  The perfect bite of turkey, stuffing, and sauce in one bite.  

The remainder of the loaves have been wrapped and are now residing in the freezer for future meals.  

Turkey 'Meatloaf'

Turkey 'Meatloaf'

Yield: 5-10 servings
Author: Sid's Sea Palm Cooking
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 35 MinTotal time: 45 Min
This is a fun way to use up leftover turkey from Thanksgiving or anytime you cook too much turkey.


  • 5 cups chopped up, cooked turkey
  • 1-2 cups leftover stuffing
  • 1/2 - 1 whole sweet potato- diced
  • 2-3 eggs
  • 1 cup cranberry sauce, canned or home made (use more if desired)
  • Optional : 1-2 cups prepared turkey gravy


  1. Chop the cooked turkey up in a food processor, dump into a bowl.
  2. Add the crumbled up leftover stuffing, chopped sweet potato, 2-3 eggs.  Mix together. 
  3. I like to put a glove on and mix it my hand here. 
  4. Divide into 4-5 greased mini loaf tins. 
  5. Spread the cranberry sauce evenly over top and bake at 350 degrees for a minimum of 30 minutes. 
  6. Pull out of oven and let sit for 5-10 minutes to finish setting, then slice and serve.
  7. Can be served with some turkey gravy or more cranberry sauce.

NOTE:  If you have more turkey or more stuffing, use it.  I used two eggs, and it maybe could have used a third egg. It's all optional and up to the cook.  Just have fun with it. 

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Sidsel Munkholm - Author
Sidsel Munkholm - Author

Sid loves to cook, feed people and have fun in the kitchen. She shares her successes and the involuntary offerings she sometimes gives the kitchen goddess as well. And she's still looking for the mythical fairy to help her clean the kitchen after a marathon cooking session. Currently working on a cookbook showcasing the recipes from her Danish heritage.

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