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Turkey Meatloaf

If you don't like or ever eat ground turkey, don't read this post.  My intent was to make a meatloaf (my 9 year old daughter asked for it, she tasted meatloaf at a family member's house and liked it and wanted me to cook it on the BGE).  The meatloaf was a month long process of me looking at several recipes and pulling different elements from watching food network, reading the forum and checking the internet.  We eat a lot of ground turkey, and the kiddos are used to it (and it is healthier) so figured I would try it in lieu of ground beef. Queen was out of town so this was a freebie - if the kiddos eat it then it is at least edible.  Especially if my 7 year old caveman eats it (no veggies, meat and potatoes).  He loved it!  
This recipe is easily converted to a pure beef or bison recipe, or expanded to a pork/veal/ground sirloin recipe.  So here goes:

2 LBS Ground Turkey
1 cup cottage cheese
2 cloves garlic minced
1/2 cup BGE Sweet Maple Seasoning (or season-all)
1/3 cup Dizzy Dust (all purpose BBQ seasoning)
2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
1 cup baby bella mushrooms 
1 cup bell pepper finely diced
1 medium yellow onion, diced
1 squirt yellow mustard
3/4 cup ketchup
2 TBSP Worcestshire sauce
1 cup bread crumbs (or 2 slices of bread finely ground, food processor)
1 egg
6 basil leaves torn
1 TBSP dried thyme (grind in a mortar/pestle to aerate)
1 package turkey bacon

mix all ingredients with the exception of the EVOO, garlic, onion, tomato, bell pepper and Dizzy Dust (for the top, right before it goes on the BGE).  Saute with salt and pepper to taste and add to the mix prior to cooking.  Cover with a healthy portion of Dizzy Dust.  Cook for 60-75 minutes at 400F on the BGE, or until the mixture shrinks by a quarter inch overall in volume.  Add turkey bacon on top at 30 minutes into the cook.  Reserve drippings at the 30 minute mark from pan for a gravy (combine with a basic rue [butter/flour] for a fantastic gravy).  
Note - for a more full recipe and flavor, substitute ricotta for cottage cheese.   Another addition is 1/4 to 1/2 cup of grated parmesan to the mixture.  The basil is a flavor the familia is familiar with, but not all families will like it.  We use it lot, especially in pizza and spaghetti (kid food!).  
Bon Appetit!



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