Turkey Meatloaf Popovers with Accidental Mashed Vegetables 4


turkey meatloaf popovers with mashed veggies

Let me start by saying I really wish meatloaf was more photogenic. Even after trying to dress it up in cute cupcake form, it is still a challenge! But I promise you won’t care a bit after you try one. I wasn’t even going to mention the mashed vegetable side dish, but then I had to because they are one of the best things I ever accidentally threw together.

Turkey Meatloaf Popovers:

1 tsp dried oregano
¼ tsp ground ginger root
¼ tsp or a pinch of jalapeno powder
¼ tsp turmeric
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp cumin
ground black pepper
1/3 c ketchup
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 lb ground turkey
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 small carrot, finely chopped
¾ c bread crumbs
1 Tbsp yellow mustard
1 tsp worcestershire sauce
1 large egg
¾ c micro grated parmesan

Best Ever Meatloaf Sauce:
Adapted from here.

1 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp honey
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
½ c Ketchup
1 Tbsp mustard
½ tsp hot sauce (Chelsea Fire is my all time favorite.)
1 tsp cumin

Accidental Mashed Vegetables:

2 small carrots
2 small parsnips
1 small sunchoke (egg sized)
1 medium rutabaga (baseball)
1 small apple (think golf ball)
1 Tbsp butter

Preheat oven to 350°.

Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chopped onion, chopped carrot, dried oregano, and minced garlic; sauté 2 minutes. Cool.

saute veggies for meatloaf

In a large bowl, combine the onion mixture with the remaining turkey meatloaf popover ingredients.

Spray popover pans with something nonstick, and divide the mixture up the into the cups.

popover pan cups of turkey meatloaf

Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until done.

While the pop-turkey-overs cook, make the best ever meatloaf sauce.  Simmer all the ingredients together in small saucepan for 5 minutes to dissolve the sugars and then remove from heat.

After 30 minutes, brush the tops of each with some sauce and continue baking another 15 minutes or until done. To be sure, check that they are at least 160 degrees with a small meat thermometer.

Serve with a spoonful of sauce over the top.

turkey popover with sauce on top

chopped veggies in pan

For a side dish, I decided to use up some of my smallest, most runty organic vegetables. I chopped up everything and boiled them until soft. After draining, I added a tablespoon of butter and smashed them up just like I was making mashed potatoes. They were the biggest surprise of the evening, because they started as an afterthought but turned out fabulous.  I couldn’t be more amazed than if I’d quickly thrown some eggs into the oven and pulled out a soufflé.

accidental mashed vegetables


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