Messy Meatloaf

by jerseygirl on November 18, 2008 · 39 comments

It’s been a busy few days and I have been a little lax in the posting department. So even though it’s late, I wanted to get a good recipe in. I present to you one messy meatloaf. This meatloaf is a dinner in itself because it already includes veggies. Serve it with a salad or potatoes and you’re good to go.

Pictures don’t do it justice, but let me tell you that my carnivore husband and I ate the whole thing. Yes, I can’t believe we ate the whole thing! It was not exactly a munchkin meatloaf but sometimes you just have to live a little. Especially if you’re getting in a double serving of spinach, tomato sauce and mushrooms. The important thing is to let the meatloaf cool before cutting it or you will have slices of ugly meatloaf.

I am starting to think about holiday cookies especially after seeing so many on the blogosphere. I might have to make some in the next week. So don’t be surprised to see a cookie recipe or two, or three. I will also be doing some fun giveaways in the near future. Good night!

Stuffed Turkey Meatloaf

2 TBS olive oil
8 oz sliced mushrooms
2 cloves garlic, minced
10 oz package fresh baby spinach
3/4 cup marinara sauce, divided
1 cup shredded part skim mozzarella cheese, divided
1 1/4 lbs turkey
1 egg, lightly beaten
½ cup Italian style bread crumbs
1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
2 TBS fresh parsley, chopped
1/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large frying pan, heat oil on medium heat and saute mushrooms, garlic and spinach for 5 minutes or until tender. Add 1/4 cup sauce to the pan and heat through. Remove pan from heat and mix in 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese. In a large bowl, mix together turkey, egg, bread crumbs, seasoning, parsley and salt. Spoon 2/3 of turkey mixture lengthwise down center of a greased baking pan. Form a deep indentation down middle of turkey; fill indentation with veggie mixture. Top with remaining turkey, forming a loaf. Seal edges to completely enclose filling. Spread the remaining 1/2 cup sauce on top of the loaf and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup cheese. Bake for 35 minutes or until turkey registers at 170 degrees. Cool for 5 minutes before slicing.

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Katrina November 19, 2008 at 12:05 am

That looks SO good, Lisa. And healthier and I’m going to have to try it. Thanks for the recipe!


Tracy November 19, 2008 at 1:02 am

Sometimes messy things don’t photograph as well as they taste … but that looks pretty darned tasty! I have some spinach in my fridge that might be calling my name!


HoneyB November 19, 2008 at 4:57 am

who cares about messy, I could dig right into it!


Clumbsy Cookie November 19, 2008 at 5:53 am

How cares if it’s messy when it sure must be delicious?!!!


Debbie November 19, 2008 at 8:15 am

The meatloaf looks very tasty. I love that it is stuffed with spinach. I’ve been making the same recipe for a while now and will give yours a try. Thanks!


Katherine Aucoin November 19, 2008 at 9:01 am

My family would be over the moon with this! Using turkey makes it that more guilt-free. The pictures may not do it justice, but I can tell it is all yumminess.


Patsyk November 19, 2008 at 9:42 am

I used to make a stuffed turkey meatloaf years ago… may have to give it another try!


Stacey Snacks November 19, 2008 at 9:49 am

I never had stuffed meatloaf.
Check out my post today, I think you will laugh!
We both had meatloaf on the brain last night!!


Lucy November 19, 2008 at 9:59 am

Yum, does it get any better than that!!


Kirsten November 19, 2008 at 10:16 am

What a great idea to put the spinach right into the meatloaf. I’ve made a roasted vegetable meatloaf from bon appetit but yours seems a lot easier! Yum! Can’t wait to see your cookies.


Maria November 19, 2008 at 10:18 am

Messy is sometimes best!!


kat November 19, 2008 at 11:48 am

I love the way its stuffed. We put spinach in our meatloaf too, its such a good way to get a green in


Cathy November 19, 2008 at 12:01 pm

This looks AMAZING, and seems nice and healthy, too! This sounds like such a yummy, comforting meal. I look forward to trying it!


JyLnC November 19, 2008 at 12:13 pm

Meatloaf is such a great comfort food. It looks good and messy usually means tasty!


Emily November 19, 2008 at 12:43 pm

Lisa this sounds so good! I love the title! You know that it will be really good if it is messy! I love the veggie that you added too! Yum!


NatNibbles November 19, 2008 at 12:55 pm

The meatloaf looks great! Everything is better stuffed 🙂


Aggie November 19, 2008 at 1:47 pm

Ok, that looks fantastic Lisa! I love it! I’m totally making this! (bookmarked)


Joanna November 19, 2008 at 2:19 pm

stuffed meatloaf sounds good!!! i haven’t thought of that technique before. i make tofu meatloaf and i will definitely try stuffin it with something!!


Colleen November 19, 2008 at 2:22 pm

Oooh this looks delicious – I definitely starred it! And the messier looking, the better it tastes! I have been making comfort food like it’s my job lately and my pictures are suffering from it!


Deborah November 19, 2008 at 2:24 pm

I love all the veggies in there!! And messy usually means delicious!


That Girl November 19, 2008 at 2:57 pm

Meatloaf never photographs well – it’s the loafy-ness of it.


Veronica November 19, 2008 at 3:40 pm

Lisa…that looks good!! I think I may have to put that together for this weekend.


natalia November 19, 2008 at 4:36 pm

Ciao Lisa ! I can smell your meatloaf !It sound easy and very tasty !


Pam November 19, 2008 at 5:03 pm

I always make my Mom’s meatloaf but this recipe looks so good I may have to stray. I love that it’s stuffed with veggies. Delicious looking recipe Lisa.


Dawn November 19, 2008 at 7:05 pm

Messy, but who cares. It’s homemade and it looks like it tastes insanely good. I would eat the leftovers in a nice sandwich the next day.


mikky November 20, 2008 at 2:07 am

it may be messy, but it sure does look delicious… 🙂


Rosie November 20, 2008 at 5:13 am

This looks sooo good Lisa!!

Rosie x


The Blonde Duck November 20, 2008 at 7:25 am

I love this meatloaf. I might actually get my husband to eat it!


Adam November 20, 2008 at 9:11 am

Messy meatloaf? That’s a requirement! I love the veggies all nestled in there, you’re right about the Popeye full meal. I bet your guns grew that night 🙂


EAT! November 20, 2008 at 9:30 am

Totally amazing!! My husband would be forever indebted to me if I presented this beautiful meatloaf at dinner time.

I bet the leftovers on a sandwich would be even better!!

I am going to have to work on my meatloafing skills and make this for dinner.


Allie November 20, 2008 at 10:21 am

I love the idea of stuffing the meatloaf. I thought the first picture looked like lasagna, you had me fooled. There’s nothing wrong with messy, it usually taste the best!


priscilla November 20, 2008 at 10:43 am

yummy! can’t wait to see your cookie recipes!


Kevin November 20, 2008 at 10:48 pm

That meatloaf looks great!


Paula November 21, 2008 at 3:03 pm

I love your messy meatloaf! I can totally believe that this got gobbled up quickly. I love how you’ve stuffed it, and topped it with that yummy marinara and cheese! Well done!


Proud Italian Cook November 21, 2008 at 6:51 pm

Messy and tasty, just the way I like it! Lots of veggies and turkey, a good reason to eat the whole thing.


Katrina November 21, 2008 at 8:46 pm

I made this for dinner last night. It was de-licious–even though I didn’t even follow the instructions completely (I added the whole 3/4 cup of sauce to the spinach, didn’t read the directions before just dumping it all in. It was still so good. I used ground turkey breast. My family gets sick of the same old meals I always prepare and it was fun to make something different for once. Thanks!


Gloria Chadwick December 1, 2008 at 7:35 pm

I love meatloaf. I’ve bookmarked your recipe and will be making it soon. 🙂


mjpuzzlemom March 24, 2009 at 11:59 am

Wow! Thanks for sharing… This looks yummy!



Anonymous November 9, 2009 at 12:48 pm

I tried it this past weekend and everybody loves it!!


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