Spinach & Goat Cheese Turkey Meatloaf

MOM!!!! THE MEATLOAF!!! 

Sorry, I had to...whenever I think of meatloaf I have flashbacks to Will Ferrell in Wedding Crashers... ANYWAY, now that I got that out of my system I want to get into the nitty gritty of this awesome recipe!

Growing up my mom would make beef meatloaf so we would have it all the time, but for some reason I feel like meatloaf has a bad reputation. It's looked at as a non-glamorous slab of meat slathered with ketchup on top (well...I guess when you put it that way...) 

Well i've decided it's meatloaf's time to SHINE, BABY!!! Meatloaf has officially gone from the red headed step child to the tri-athlete honor student. You know why? Because it has associated itself with goat cheese...and if you know me or follow any of my posts, I put goat cheese on everything to make it FANCY! That's right. Fancy meatloaf. 

One forewarning, I adapted the instructions even further once I took the pictures already, so go by the instructions and not the pictures! Things might look a little different. 

Ingredients:

  • 2lbs ground turkey
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 finely chopped scallions 
  • 1 large chopped yellow onion 
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 cups spinach leaves
  • 6 oz of crumbled goat cheese
  • 2 T tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon EVOO
  • 1 heaping TBS diced stewed tomatoes (or chopped tomatoes will do)  

Instructions: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Sauté the chopped onions in the EVOO until they start to caramelize. This is the part I did not do the first time around (when I took pictures) but it will add more flavor and ensure that the onions are cooked all the way through!

Add in the garlic & green onions and sauté for one minute. In a big mixing bowl, kneed together (roll up those sleeves!) the ground turkey, onion/garlic mixture, eggs, diced tomatoes and all seasonings (keep out goat cheese, spinach and tomato paste.)

When everything is incorporated, grab a loaf pan and stuff 1/2 of the meatloaf mixture into it - and level it off. Originally (in the pictures) I used the roll up method and it was a grand waste of time ;) This is MUCH easier.

Layer the spinach leaves in the middle of the pan and evenly sprinkle the goat cheese on top. Cover with the 2nd half of the meat mixture, smooth over the top and evenly spread the tomato paste on top. 

Put the loaf pan ON TOP of a foil lined cookie tray because there might be some juices that spill over and you do NOT want that encrusted in your oven! Ick! 

Bake at 425 degrees for 45 minutes until it is cooked through & serve! We had ours with baked asparagus & creamy mashed potatoes!