East Florida Turkey Loaf

Posted by Unknown Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Taste Level: GR
Cost: $20 and under
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 10-15 min.
Cook Time: 40-45 min.
Difficulty: 1

Ground turkey! YUCK! Growing up I hated when my parents substituted ground turkey for ground beef. Sure it is better for you but WHERE'S THE BEEF?!? Remember that commercial with the old lady saying "Where's the beef?" I do not remember what it was a commercial for but I remember laughing every time she said it! Anyway back to turkey being a dreaded ingredient as a kid. Turkey burritos, turkey burgers, turkey meat loaf, I hated them all. It was not till my early teens that I started not minding the flavor, even now you will never see me excited about ground turkey in any form. So why do I cook it? Does Zo love it? No, Zo hates turkey. We figure though you have to try everything you do not like now and then because you might find you like it. We happen to find that we liked this turkey loaf. As a matter of fact Zo said it is the best Turkey meat loaf she has ever had. That is saying a lot because Zo's mother only made turkey meat loaf. So if I beat out 25 years of turkey meat loaf making it must be pretty decent. I told Zo I hated it but then she laughed because I ate almost the whole thing. I was just being a bump on a log. It really was tasty. I just did not want to admit that I liked the turkey loaf. If I did we might have to eat Turkey all the time! Then again I would not mind eating this Turkey loaf all the time! It is really good! My only problem I had with this recipe was figuring out what to call it. I went with East Florida Turkey Loaf because ground Turkey reminds me of growing up in Tampa, Fl. I hope you enjoy!

1 lb ground turkey
2 slices deli cut smoked bacon
4-5 slices of salami
1 cup button mushrooms (diced)
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil (diced)
1/4 cup fresh chives (diced)
1 garlic clove (minced)
1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp Louisiana hot sauce
1/2 tsp essence
1/4 smoked paprika
1/3 cup medium sharp cheddar (shredded)
ketchup (about 2-3 tbsp)
1 1/4 tsp olive oil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Coat the inside of a small bread loaf pan with olive oil (I used a normal size bread loaf pan and just set the loaf to one side.)

Mix all ingredients by hand except ketchup, cheese and olive oil in a medium mixing bowl till blended well. Form the mixture into a 6-7 inch loaf using your hands (it should be manageable but if not lay it out on a piece of wax paper to form.) Place loaf into oiled pan and spread cheese over loaf. Now drizzle the ketchup over loaf, cover with aluminium foil and bake 35-40 minutes. Remove the aluminium foil and allow to cook an additional 4-5 minutes.

Remove from oven and let cool 5-7 minutes before serving. Serve either alone or as a sandwich!


  1. Sook Says:
  2. This sounds healthy and delicious!

  3. Unknown Says:
  4. Decpite our hate for ground turkey we both loved this meat loaf! It also made really great sandwiches the next day! The slices of salami and bacon probably make it not as healthy as it could be haha.


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