Ground turkey is lower in fat than ground beef, and produces much less "grease" around the loaf. This recipe that I've come up with is simply yummy. I will admit (because you'll inevitably be reading the recipe!) that it does have cheddar cheese embedded in it, and we know that cheese makes everything more tasty.
If the added fat from the cheese leaves you quaking with nightmares, by all means leave it out, and add a bit of water and maybe some dried sage before you shape it into loaves.
For two loaf pans (feeds our family with a good bit for Papa Pyro's lunch tomorrow)
4.5 pounds ground turkey (3 packages)
1 cup bread crumbs
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 T minced onions
1 T minced fresh garlic
1/2 t salt, pepper
4 eggs, beaten
1 Cup ketchup
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup honey
~Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
~In a large bowl, stir together ground turkey with next 5 ingredients and mix until well combined.
~In a separate bowl, stir together eggs and ketchup until combined.
~Stir the egg mixture into the turkey mixture (you simply must use your hands for this).
~Shape into loaves and place into 2 9"x5" or 8"x5" loaf pans.
~Bake in oven for 45 minutes (check to make sure it's no longer pink)
~Mix together the remaining ketchup and honey. Spread on top of each loaf and put back into oven for 5-7 minutes to glaze.
Let rest for 10 minutes after removing from oven.
Fresco e bello: Combine with roasted garlic mashed potatoes and dilly steamed carrot coins for a family friendly meal that they'll certainly ask for again!