Italian Market Meat Loaf

Sun-dried tomatoes and zesty Italian Seasoning Mix boost the flavor in a classic Sunday supper. 

Ingredients

  • 1 package (3 ounces) sun-dried tomatoes (dry-pack)
  • 2 1/2 pounds 99% lean ground turkey breast
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup fine bread crumbs made from Italian bread (2 1/2 ounces bread)
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup snipped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce, divided
  • 1   egg
  • 2   garlic cloves, pressed
  • 2 tablespoons Italian Seasoning Mix
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup red currant jelly, melted

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Cover sun-dried tomatoes with boiling water; let stand 10 minutes. Drain; coarsely chop using Chef’s Knife.

  2. Place turkey in large Stainless (6-qt.) Mixing Bowl. Chop onion using Food Chopper. Using Rotary Grater, grate bread into fine crumbs. Grate Parmesan cheese. Add tomatoes, onion, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, parsley, 1/2 cup of the tomato sauce, egg, garlic pressed with Garlic Press, seasoning mix, salt and black pepper to turkey. Mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape meat mixture into loaf in Stoneware Loaf Pan. Bake 1 hour.

  3. Place jelly in Small Micro-Cooker®. Microwave, uncovered, on HIGH 30-45 seconds or until jelly is melted and smooth, stirring after each 15-second interval. Stir in remaining tomato sauce; spoon over meat loaf. Bake an additional 10 minutes or until meat is no longer pink in center of loaf and internal temperature reaches 160°F using Digital Pocket Thermometer. Remove meat loaf from pan to serving platter; let stand 10 minutes before slicing. 

Yield:

  • 10  servings

Nutrients per serving:

Calories 230 (15% from fat), Total Fat 4 g, Saturated Fat 1 g, Cholesterol 70 mg, Carbohydrate 17 g, Protein 33 g, Sodium 750 mg, Fiber 2 g 

U.S. Diabetic exchanges per serving:

1 starch, 4 low-fat meat (1 carb) 

Cook's Tips:

Sun-dried tomatoes have been dried in the sun creating chewy, intensely flavored tomatoes. They are either dry-packed in bags or packed in oil. Soak dry-packed sun-dried tomatoes in hot water before using. Dry-packed sun-dried tomatoes can be found in the produce or dry fruit section in most supermarkets.

Ground turkey is a good source of low-fat protein. Be sure to choose extra lean ground turkey breast that is labeled 99% fat free for this recipe.

Italian parsley (also known as flat leaf parsley) is a type of parsley with flat, dark green leaves. It has a stronger flavor than its curly-leaf counterpart. Wash parsley in cold running water, shake off excess moisture and wrap in paper towels. Store in a resealable plastic food storage bag in the refrigerator up to 1 week.

Italian seasoning can be substituted for the Italian Seasoning Mix, if desired. 

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