Blackened Turkey Meatloaf

Image of turkey meatloaf on white plate

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
Thoroughly mix all seasonings together and set aside until ready to use on the meatloaf.  This serving size was enough to cover one full meatloaf.

Turkey Meatloaf 

  • 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.  



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