When my mother came up with the name of her first cookbook the term "All-American" only seemed fit. After all, she was 1st generation Chinese married to an American, Irish, Norwegian man living in Nebraska where traditional Chinese ingredients were not made readily available. It isn't until now that I truly understand the meaning of the All-American... (read more)

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Turkey Meatloaf: Chinese Style

We all love meatloaf! Simply use lean ground turkey to create a much healthier version of heavy, traditional beef meatloaf. This is an easy and delicious dish ideal for an everyday family meal. If you have a large family or wish to create sandwiches from the leftovers, you can just double the recipe. Use a 9×12 baking pan. Make a large 11 inch long loaf and bake uncovered for 50 minutes.

Chinese Turkey Meatloaf

1 package lean ground turkey (1-1/4 pounds)
1 scallion, including green top
1 large egg
½ cup plan bread crumbs
2 tablespoons soy sauce (Kikkoman brand)
2 tablespoons tomato ketchup
1-1/2 tablespoons hoisin sauce*
1 teaspoon pure sesame oil
Pam or Canola oil cooking spray

Wash and trim the green onion, finely chop. In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey with onions, egg, bread crumbs, soy sauce, ketchup, hoisin sauce and sesame oil. Mix all ingredients together thoroughly and set aside.

Turkey Meatloaf

To Bake:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray baking pan with cooking spray. Use hands to form the ground turkey mixture into a 2 1/2″ high x 4 1/2″ wide x 6″ long loaf and place onto the baking pan. (Note: The ground turkey meat texture is much finer then beef. You may need a large spoon to spoon the mixture into the pan. Use hands to gently form into a long loaf). Bake uncovered in the center of the oven rack at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until an inserted fork comes out clean. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before placing the meatloaf onto a serving platter to slice. Serve warm.

Makes 4 to 6 servings
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Baking time: 40 minutes

*Hoisin sauce is a sweet brown sauce made from soybeans. Sold in jars or bottles at the Asian section of
most supermarkets. After opening, it can stored for several months in the refrigerato

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