Blackened Turkey Meatloaf
Hello everyone and happy Thursday! We are so close to that four-day weekend and I couldn't be more excited.
My husband has been so busy taking care of some family matters that we have not had much quality time together. Though I know what he is doing is going to benefit our family, in the long run, him being gone every weekend is not only a strain on him but me as well. As a SAHM, not having him here makes it feel like my job never ends. Fortunately, he is with us all weekend long! So I am getting this blog post up now since I plan on spending extra time away from my computer soaking in as much time as I can with my boys.
Tonight's dinner was one of my favorite comfort meals--turkey meatloaf. Though I decided to be a little adventurous with it. Perhaps it is the summer season or maybe I am just getting riskier in the kitchen, but tonight I decided to not step it up a notch and blacken my meatloaf.
No, I don't mean I left it in the oven a little long and it burnt. I actually used a blackening seasoning on the meat in order to give it that crispy, crunchy coating that I love so much on my blackened cheeseburgers.
If you want to make it extra easy on yourself you can go ahead and purchase a pre-made blackening seasoning like the one below. However, since this was a last minute decision and I was a little strapped for ingredients, I had to improvise and make my own. Which actually turned out to be pretty fantastic since I was able to add a little extra kick of spice. You know I like my food spicy!
Homemade Blackening Seasoning
- 1 tbs Paprika
- 1 tbs Lodo Red Adobo
- 1 tbs Creole Seasoning
- 1/2 Tbs Red Pepper Cayenne Seasoning
- 1/4 tbs Thyme
- 1/4 Tbs Oregano
- 1 tsp Fresh Ground Sea Salt
- 1 tsp Fresh Ground Cracked Pepper
- 1.5 pounds of lean ground turkey
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup finely ground whole wheat bread
- 2 tbs Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbs low sodium soy sauce
- 1 egg
- 1 tbs minced garlic
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1. Preheat oven to 400˚ F.
2. Blend all ingredients until thoroughly mixed. I added ingredients one by one into my KitchenAid mixer.
3. Spray a baking dish with EVOO spray or line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
4. Form meat into a loaf shape and cover in blackening seasoning. Rub in thoroughly.
5. Bake for 75 minutes or until cooked thoroughly.