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Friday Feast: Can you substitute with ground turkey?

August 5, 2011

Apparently not. Well, let me take that back…

To me, our usual awesome meatloaf recipe that we love and make all the time tasted just the same to me. But to someone else, it tasted like this…

I should have known that I couldn’t hoodwink JD. I kept to the recipe except for ground beef, which I just substituted with the same amount of ground turkey. The whole time it cooked in the oven, the sausage overpowered any smell and it was cooking wonderfully. We came in from cutting the grass, and JD was raving about the smell. As we were preparing our plates, JD commented, “This one looks funny … flat and wide.” I kind of ignored him and went to the table. He got all the way through one, before I couldn’t help but start smiling.

“I have a confession to make…” I said. “This is turkey meatloaf.”

“I KNEW IT!” JD said.

Even though he had eaten over half, he admitted that it tasted funny and dry. I hadn’t expected or even noticed the dryness, but my perceptive husband had. Besides the “flatness” of the loaf, I didn’t notice a big difference in color or taste. But no amount of ketchup could fix this blunder. Let’s just put it this way…

I think I’ll be the eating leftovers.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Annette permalink
    August 5, 2011 8:16 am

    Kate, I have heard that if you mix, that the ground turkey takes on the flavor of the ground beef. Say if your recipe calls for 1 pound of ground beef, instead put 1/2 lb ground turkey, and 1/2 lb ground beef. I’m sure not even trying this will be okay with John David, but for future reference. Also, I’m sure you have heard that some ground turkey has salmonella. Not at Publix. We don’t get any of ours from the plant that is suspect. By the way, you are way brave. I learned my lesson with John David when I tried to use fat free sour cream once.

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