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Gluten Free Turkey Meatloaf

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

I discovered a new filler to use in this gluten free recipe.  I used Rice Works chips for the last recipe but this time I used Grilled Cheese Puffs. They add an incredible flavor but aren’t as good as the rice crackers for holding the meatloaf together.

Gluten Free and Dairy Free Turkey Meatloaf
4 large servings or 6 normal size.

1 pound ground Turkey **
1 cup cheese substitute if dairy free
2 large eggs
1/2 cup milk substitute if dairy free
3/4  cup chopped onion
1/3 cup chopped carrot
1/3 cup chopped celery
1/4  cup dry vermouth
1/4  tsp of salt
1/4  tsp ground pepper
4 oz bag grilled cheddar cheese puffs **
OR… 1 cup of rice crackers.  I like Rice Works Brand
6 slices of bacon

3 Tbls ketchup
3 Tbls  brown sugar
1 Tbls Dijon mustard
Preheat oven to 350. Chop onion, carrot and celery fine and sauté in some olive oil until tender, about 10 minutes. Add 1/4cup vermouth and cook until evaporated. Remove from heat. Combine the turkey, cheese substitute, eggs, milk substitute in a large mixing bowl. Fold in the onion, carrot and celery. Turn onto a baking sheet lined with foil and form into a mold.

Lay strips of bacon along the top and the sides. Place in the 350 degree oven. While the loaf is cooking prepare the glaze by combining the ketchup, brown sugar and mustard.

Cook loaf for 40 to 45 minutes until the bacon looks almost done. Remove from oven and spread the glaze over the top. Return to the oven for an additional 25 minutes. Check after 20 minutes to make sure the glaze is not burning. Allow to cool and set for about 5 minutes before slicing with a serrated knife.

NOTES: Don’t get the leanest turkey available. You’ll need some fat to hold the loaf together, especially if you’re using the cheese puffs. They’re very tasty but don’t have a lot of holding power.

There is a lot of filler in this recipe (cheese puffs, onion, carrot, celery) and not much fat, so it is not easy to cut. The serrated knife helps.

The recipe doesn’t call for a lot of salt as the puffs or crackers I use have seasoning on them. Better to under salt as this is something that can be added to taste.

After shooting this video I realized I should have been drinking Wild Turkey.
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