Broccoli Swiss Turkey Meatloaf
Have you been looking for a new Meatloaf recipe? If you like Broccoli and Ham you are going to love this Meatloaf recipe.
This recipe is in essence a Meatloaf roll. When you slice into it, you will see it is quite colorful showing the layers of Ham, Broccoli, Red Onion and Cheese.
It is really quite easy to make and it has a nice presentation.
I live in the Midwest and Meatloaf is a staple for many families. It is kid friendly, not expensive to prepare and who doesn’t love a Meatloaf sandwich made with leftovers?
According to Cooks Illustrated, It turns out the idea of mixing meat with a tenderizing filler traces back to the fourth or fifth century AD, when the Roman cookbook Apicius presented a recipe for patties made of chopped meat, bread, and wine. But it wasn’t until the late 1800s that American meatloaf was born, inspired by recipes offered by manufacturers of the newly invented meat grinder.
The Depression only increased meatloaf’s popularity, along with developments in food manufacturing that produced flavorful, inexpensive mix-ins like mustard and bouillon. In the 1940s, World War II rationing spawned meat-free loaves, whereas postwar creativity in the 1950s and ’60s produced the likes of Bacon-Dill Meatloaf and Spicy Peach Loaf (Good Housekeeping Cookbook, 1955). In the 1970s and ’80s, veal, pork, and beef “meatloaf mix” came into vogue, elevating the dish to dinner party-worthy status. In the 1990s, restaurateurs marketed upscale versions, and today, innovations continue as loaves are stuffed, wrapped, or laced with international flavors.
Broccoli Swiss Turkey Meatloaf
- 1.25 Pounds Lean Ground Turkey
- 1 & 1/2 Cups Chopped Frozen Broccoli, thawed
- 1/2 Cup Red Onion, finely diced
- 1 Egg
- 1 Cup Saltine Cracker Crumbs
- 1 Tablespoon Honey Mustard
- 1/2 Cup Ketchup
- 6-7 Slices Honey Ham, Thin sliced
- 6-7 Slices Swiss Cheese-plus 2 additional slices-cut diagonally for the top
- Freshly Ground Black Pepper
1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. In medium skillet cook the onions until translucent, then allow to cool.
3. Using your hands, in a large mixing bowl, combine the Ground Turkey, Onion, Egg, Ketchup, Mustard, Cracker Crumbs and a few good turns from the Pepper mill.
4. Transfer the Turkey Meat Mixture onto a large piece of foil and begin to flatten it into a 12 x 9 rectangle as you see here.
5. Next we are going to layer the filling. The filling ingredients should be about an inch from the edge so we can seal the Meatloaf. Start with the Ham slices then place the Swiss Cheese slices on top of the Ham then add the Broccoli as you see here.
6. Now we are going to roll the Meatloaf and seal the edges. Using the foil to assist you, start at one of the short ends and lift the foil while rolling. Don’t roll it too tight or your filling will fall out. When you have rolled to the end, pinch the ends to seal and press the meat mixture at the seam to seal. Place the Meatloaf seam side down in a large loaf pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray, as you see here.
7. Time to bake! Set the timer for 1 hour. All ovens cook differently so check at one hour. You may need to add an additional 20-30 minutes. Remember we are cooking with Turkey which does not look as brown as hamburger meat. If you are unsure if your Meatloaf is done, use a meat thermometer and look for an internal temperature around 160 degrees. The last 15 minutes of baking, add the diagonal cut Swiss Cheese slices to the top, to finish baking.
Here is the finished product.
8. Let the Turkey Meatloaf cool for 4-5 minutes before slicing. You don’t want your fillings to fall out! Use a sharp knife to slice the Meatloaf to ensure you are cutting through the filling evenly.
~Serve with Baked Sweet Potatoes or Old Fashioned Mashed Potatoes. No need to serve another veggie on the side…it is inside!
Recipe by: Hot Dish Homemaker