Mom’s Turkey Loaf — Ellie Krieger

I am a huge Ellie Krieger fan.  Her recipes produce healthy meals, often easy to make, and almost always delicious.  My husband is a meat loaf fan and when he asked for one, I turned to Ellie and ended up with a meat loaf, my husband really liked.  I add some instant mashed potatoes for the filler but I stayed close to Ellie’s choices.  She is usually on target and she is one of the few chefs, I can follow with limited changes.

Turkey Meatloaf – adapted from Ellie Krieger


  • 1/2  cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup instant mashed potatoes
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (first cut some slices for the top of loaf)
  • 1 pound ground turkey breast
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 cup ketchup
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 /2 cup tomato sauce or enough to cover turkey loaf.


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a small bowl, stir together the oats, mashed potato and broth. Thinly slice 1/4 of the onion and set aside.
Finely chop the remaining onion. In a large bowl combine the turkey mixture, chopped onion, bell pepper, eggs, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, and  pepper. Mix just until well combined. 
Transfer the mixture to a loaf pan. Pour the tomato sauce over the meatloaf and sprinkle with the sliced onions. Bake for about 1 hour. Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.