email printTurkey Meatloaf and Mac-n-Cheese

Nothing says comfort food to me more, than some meatloaf and mac-n-cheese (or mac-a-noo as my bff and I call it).  My niece and bro-in law were recently visiting from Idaho for my niece’s softball tournament.  Poor girls wear shorts for their uniforms…..shorts in the freezing cold (I ada give that softball coach a piece of my mind for that one)!!  They were  playing late one night so I thought some comfort food might be a nice treat when they got in.

I figured I’d attempt to keep it on the healthy side and do turkey meatloaf.  Granted, I kinda ruined that by sprinklin’ some crispy pig pieces on top (you can always leave the little piggy bits out of your loafers but hot damn…. I love me some crispy piggy!).

I’ve searched long and hard to find a perfect mac-n-cheese recipe  and this one has been my go to now for some time.  The recipe is courtesy of Alton Brown from Food Network.  The only thing I do a wee bit different is to cut back a smidge on the cheddar and add some gruyere cheese (as noted in the recipe).  Seriously peeps, mac-a-noo just aint mac-a-noo without some gruyere.

So, enjoy some comfort food before summer comes.  I would say spring but we don’t have that here in WaWa Land…..  I shall quote someone I met at an appointment the other day:  “spring doesn’t happen here, it happens in your heart”.

Turkey and Veggie Meatloaf
Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced thyme
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 1 cup grate zucchini
  • ¼ cup worcestershire
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon Sweet Baby Ray’s honey bbq sauce
  • Additional bbq sauce for the top of the meatloaf
  • 4 pieces of bacon crumbled

Preheat oven to 325°.  Cook bacon and remove from pan.  Sauté onion in bacon grease until translucent, add thyme, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.  Allow to cool.  Mix all ingredients (except remaining bacon and additional bbq) together (I like to take off the jewels and mix it all up good with my paws).  I form a loaf on an aluminum piece over a roasting pan.  Spread some bbq sauce on top and pop that lovely loaf in the oven for about 45 (depending on your oven).  Remove from the oven, baste one more time with the bbq and sprinkle with the bacon bits (if you are using).  Put back in the oven for 5-10 or until the internal temperature is 160°.

Stove Top Mac-n-Cheese
Ingredients

  • ½ pound elbow macaroni
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 ounces evaporated milk
  • ½ teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh black pepper ¾ teaspoon dry mustard
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar
  • 3 ounces gruyere

In a large pot of boiling, salted water cook the pasta to al dente and drain.  Return to the pot and melt in the butter.  Toss to coat.

Whisk together the eggs, milk, hot sauce, salt, pepper, and mustard.  Stir into the pasta and add the cheese.  Over low heat continue to stir for 3 minutes or until creamy.

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2 Responses to Turkey Meatloaf and Mac-n-Cheese

  1. Kiki says:

    You crack me up, Tiff! I love that you refer to bacon as “crispy piggy” =)

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