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Crack Meatloaf

written by Julie Cohn

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This Crack Meatloaf recipe, made with ground turkey, is easy to make and so delicious!  I’ve been making this for years, my husband calls it crack because he is so addicted to it, he requests it at least once a week.  It is versatile too, so you can make it with so many different side dishes like creamed spinach, honey glazed carrots, or even zucchini fries.  It will quickly become a favorite for your family too, just as it is with mine.  Seriously. Who can resist a cheesy, bacon-ey meatloaf with a tangy-sweet sauce?!?  I’ve been known to get up in the middle of the night just to sneak a leftover piece or two…if we are lucky enough to have leftovers!

Tip:  If you want to make it keto-friendly, use parmesan cheese instead of the bread crumbs, and leave the red sauce off.  

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I got this recipe from my Aunt Michelle years ago and tweaked it a little bit over the years.  I start with cheesy turkey meatloaf, wrap it in bacon, and bake it in a sweet and tangy red sauce until the bacon is crispy and caramelized.  Oh my!  I make extra sauce because my family likes to take drizzle it over their entire plate, salad included.  Yum!

 

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Crack Meatloaf

  • 1 lb. Ground Turkey
  • 1/4 c. Finely chopped or grated onion
  • 1/2 c. Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs
  • 1/2 c. Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 c. Milk
  • 4-5 Strips of Bacon

Sauce

  • 1 (8 oz) Can of Tomato Sauce
  • 2/3 c. Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. Dijon Mustard

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Mix the turkey, bread crumbs, cheese, egg, and milk together in a bowl. Spray a baking dish with a spritz of olive oil cooking spray.  Shape the meat into a long rectangle and place in the baking dish.  Drape the bacon strips over the meatloaf, tucking the edges under the bottom of the meatloaf.  In a separate bowl whisk together the tomato sauce, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, and mustard.  Drizzle 2-3 tablespoons of the sauce over the meatloaf, cover with aluminum foil and place in the heated oven.  Bake about 40 minutes, then remove the aluminum foil and bake about 10 minutes more, until the bacon crisps up.  Heat the remaining sauce in the microwave for about 50 seconds, then serve the sauce with the meatloaf to drizzle.

This meatloaf goes great with homemade creamy macaroni and cheese and a garden salad with homemade basil buttermilk blue cheese dressing.  Yum!  

Tip:  If your kids are finicky about onions, grate it instead of chopping it.  They will never know it is in there! 

 

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