We defrosted some ground turkey recently and really needed to use it before it went bad. Combine that with the fact that Shane had been requesting meatloaf for a while, and dinner was an easy decision tonight. This meatloaf is very easy to make and we both really like it. Best of all, it will feed us for at least 2 meals, which is always a bonus!

To accompany the meatloaf, I was originally going to try making the sweet potato fries with white potatoes. Then I remembered how messy the process to make those fries was and set out to find an easier recipe. These fries were a hit with us and couldn’t have been simpler to make. They do take a while to bake, but since the meatloaf does as well, they were a good match.

adapted from Allrecipes.com

1 pound ground turkey
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2-3 tablespoons ketchup
3-4 drops worcestershire sauce
bbq sauce (optional glaze – I didn’t measure the quantity used…it was enough to cover the meatloaf in a thin layer)

Preheat oven to 400 F.

In a bowl, mix the turkey, milk, bread crumbs, eggs, ketchup and worcestershire sauce by hand. Season with salt and pepper. Fold the cheese into the mixture. Transfer to a baking dish, shape into a loaf, and top with the bbq sauce glaze.

Bake in the preheated oven to an internal temperature of 175 F, about an hour. Remove from oven, cover with foil until internal temperature reaches 180F (about 5 minutes) then serve.

Baked Fries
from Allrecipes.com

We doubled the recipe below to make sure we’d have enough, but it ended up being more than we needed.

1 large baking potato
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
shredded parmesan cheese (optional)

Preheat oven to 450 F (I baked the fries on 400 F since the meatloaf was in the oven at the same time).

Cut potato into wedges. Mix olive oil, paprika, garlic powder, chili powder and onion powder together. Coat potatoes with oil/spice mixture, top with parmesan cheese and place on a baking sheet.

Bake for 45 minutes in preheated oven (Due to the lower oven temperature, I baked for close to an hour).

On an unrelated side note, winter is back….

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