Dinner for Two with an Italian Turkey Meatloaf

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I brought this little care package over to the new parents the other day, a little comfort food to nourish them from lack of sleep, besides, it was great excuse for seeing my sweet little Granddaughter again!

I used ground turkey for this meatloaf, but you can certainly substitute ground beef. For 2lbs of turkey I used 2 eggs, a nice handful of grated romano cheese, 3 cloves of minced garlic, 1/2 of a chopped onion, 1/2 cup of grated carrot, 1 T. of basil pesto, 1/4 cup of white wine, 1/2 cup of diced fire roasted tomatoes, (drained of juice) panko breadcrumbs, 1/4 cup of small diced provolone or fontinella cheese, salt and pepper.

I baked 2 individual casseroles for my son and DIL and even had enough for me and the hubby for our dinner. Bake at 375F for about 1 1/2 hours or when thermometer reaches correct temperature. The sauce on top was a quick roasted red pepper sauce made by blending in a food processor, leftover roasted peppers, a small amount of marinara and a clove of garlic. If you haven’t tried a meatloaf with turkey yet you really should it’s so good!

I’m still getting some zucchini from my garden so I made this and it was delicious! Zucchini layered with roasted tomatoes, basil, panko breadcrumbs, and feta.

I’ve been seeing these square cut potatoes all over in the blogosphere, they’re called potato dominoes, check out Steamy Kitchen for a great step by step on how to make these. For mine, I decided to add a sweet potato along with the baking potato for a different twist, olive oil instead of butter, fresh snipped rosemary, salt and pepper. I will be making these again after I perfect my mandoline skills!

Enjoy your weekend, and Buon Appetito!

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  1. Turkey meatloaf is one of the best alternatives to a beef meatloaf. I am not the biggest fan of the beef version and love your recipe idea. I’ve done turkey meatloafs in the past, but none that seem to work out.

    Going to try out this idea and hopefully it works. I think it’s just my cooking *hehe*

    Bill M.

  2. Can’t believe it!What an idea..will try it now that the pumpkin is in season in Rome.Thank you!Love your blog.

  3. The potatoes are really cool looking. I’m wondering if I’d have the patience to make these.

    Nice meatloaf variation. I’m always looking for ways to make turkey meatloaf taste better since the hubby says beef irritates his tum tum.

  4. Yes Erin, any time!

  5. So many dishes are great with an italian twist, and this meatloaf is no exception! I have been catching up on your last few posts this morning, and I have to say that I want to make everything that you post! I have two 100% Italian grandmothers, and there is no fighting that part of my heritage when it comes to food! YUM!!

    PS. If I have a baby will you bring me food? 😉

  6. This dish looks delicious! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  7. You’re so sweet! These look delish and so comforting- I’d go without sleep for some too. 🙂

  8. My Dearest Marie, though I have not visited in a while due to work etc. You are not far from my thoughts and your food continues to be outstanding.

    Hugs always.

  9. I love turkey meatloaf and yours looks so delicious! I just had turkey meatballs for dinner, YUM!
    The zucchini and potato dishes look awesome too!

  10. Now let me see, does an Italian turkey have darker feathers, love garlic and gobble in Italian? JK, but I could not help myself. Again, this looks fabulous. And those potatoes are mouth watering 🙂

  11. Everything looks fantastic, especially the potato dish – love the colors. At first I thought maybe there was butternut squash in there. Think that would work? I will have to give it a shot 🙂

  12. I wish you were my MIL, Marie! I’m going to have to try those potato dominoes.

  13. Marie, you are a good Nonna making such a wonderful dinner for the new parents!
    I love a nice savory turkey meat loaf and the square potato idea looks so cute!

  14. What a wonderful MIL you are! Perfect comfort food! And I could so take a bite of your potato-vegetable dish now!

  15. Marie, they are so lucky to have you bringing them food! And I love the addition of the sweet potato in the dish – I’ll have to start making this potato shape – I like it!

  16. You’re such a good Grandma to take your kids dinner. It all looks so good! I’ve been thinking about purchasing a mandoline, do you have any suggestions as to which brand is best?

  17. What a great gift to give new parents and all looks so good too. Congratulations, Marie to you and your family!

  18. This all looks like perfect and nourishing comfort food – just right for new parents (and the parents of the parents!)

  19. It all looks so wonderful and I’m sure was greatly appreciated.

  20. What a wonderful treat to offer to new parents and super delicious. Wow! Che festa!

  21. Only if I can get a Chicago cannoli cake 😉

    Granola is soo easy to make, just have to play with the recipes! Now I’m going to experiment with energy bars.

  22. I’ll take this kind of dinner any time, wanna come to Montana??


  23. I used to make a turkey meat loaf with a mushroom sauce for one eating establishment that i worked at. It always sold out. This one looks very rustic and very delicious. The zucchini dish looks good too. There is nothing more satisfying than good home cooked food of any national or ethnic origin. When the moon hits the sky like a big pizza pie, that’s amore! Food=love. happy harvest time!

  24. You are the sweetest.. I wish I lived close to you!!

    Everything looks so yummy Marie! 🙂

  25. This is one very beautiful gift for anyone– how about me? I would greedily eat all three of these, with relish. I particular like the two different potato dish. I’ll have to check out Jaden’s instructions for making these. What a wonderful “Nana” you are!

  26. Congratulations on your new Granddaughter…. The food looks delish and I am sure they appreciated it a lot. Thanks for the super recipes…


  27. My mom always made the best meatloaf – but I didn’t inherit that gene. I’ll definitely try this version. Sounds and looks great.

  28. I am sure I would welcome any excuse to see my grand-baby again too…if I had one yet of course (I am looking forward to that)I am sure they appreciated this fantastic meal.

  29. What a tasty looking meal! Perfect!

  30. Wow it looks like a fantastic meal!

  31. Can you please adopt me?
    I love the potato dish and the zucchini gratin.

  32. I’d love to try the zucchini dish – looks really tempting!

  33. What a terrific treat for the new parents – but I’d have figured you would be cooking for them. That meatloaf is so original – never would have thought of the red pepper sauce. And I love those potatoes too, with the sweet potato addition. Anyone would be thrilled to get this meal.

  34. I’m voting for the zucchini dish, instead! 🙂

  35. Food looks wonderful, especially the potato dish!

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