Let’s talk about this Tomato Basil Turkey Meatloaf people. The other night Matt and I were making a meatloaf, which we do all the time, when I realized I have never put a recipe on my site for one!! I seriously didn’t believe it and searched my blog for one and NOTHING! I apologize! I think my hesitation has been that they aren’t the prettiest things to photograph and are SO easy to make – but that is the best right? Who wants pretty meatloaf anyways. When we make meatloaf it always turns into an Italian meatloaf because we just gravitate towards the oregano and basil once the tomato paste goes in! So I thought I would actually measure things this time and put together a solid recipe – which this definitely is! I love meatloaf for many reasons but the main one is that it could not be easier to make. We make meatballs a lot too and this is basically the same thing without all of that effort to form them into balls. Just plop the whole thing on a baking sheet and free form it into a loaf like shape – pour some stuff on top and bake!
The key to this Tomato Basil Turkey Meatloaf:
Fresh basil!!! I am a huge fan of dried herbs don’t get me wrong, but there is something about basil in particular that is SO much better than dried. I can’t explain it, just trust me! I want to work on getting an herb garden when I have some time to start working on our backyard and I will, at that point, need SO much help. I have a black thumb and I really want to figure out how to just keep a few herbs alive! My from Lindsay who runs the blog The Toasted Pinenut, and I were talking about this the other day and agreed Rosemary and Mint would be good ones for me to start with! I’ll report back on that later!
So delish and easy to wolf down – you have been warned!
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Tomato Basil Turkey Meatloaf
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a bowl combine turkey, almond flour, 2 tablespoons tomato paste, 3 tablespoons chopped basil, egg, garlic powder and 1 teaspoon salt. Mix until evenly combined. Ball up all of the meat mixture and place on a foil lined baking sheet, then form it into a loaf shape, about 8 inches x 4 inches in shape.
- In a small bowl combine 2 tablespoons tomato paste, chopped tomatoes, apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon chopped basil and pinch of salt. Spoon this mixture over the meatloaf and spread evenly over the top. Bake for 30 minutes.