Turkey meatloaf recipes are one of mothers’ favorite recipes. The ingredient is not hard to find, and it is not so difficult to learn how to make it. However, there are several common mistakes on most recipes. You need to avoid it. Here are the most common ones.
Not Enough Fat
Fat plays essential role in almost all turkey meatloaf recipes. It makes sure the meat doesn’t get dried out too easily, and it makes the shape stick over time. You need to have enough fat in your meat to make perfect loaf. Lean meat is not a good choice for this. Instead of using only one kind of meat, you can try some mixture of lamb, veal, pork, and beef in addition to the turkey. The fat will toughen the loaf. Pork commonly has more fat than the others. However, lamb and beef make incredible mixture as well.
Just as it happens on other meat cooking, you will find plain and bland meat without enough seasoning. At least, you need enough amounts of salt and pepper for the basic seasoning. It can be tricky since you can’t see if you give enough of them or not, like you can do while cooking steak. It takes instinct and experience to know the right amount. However, it will be better if you add pepper and salt before you make the mixture. You can add other seasoning or dried herbs you like to the mixture in the end.
No Cooked Veggies
You may defend that you don’t like veggies. Well, you must accept the fact that veggies make the mixture tastier and better in texture. Of course, you can’t just chop the veggies and add them in the mixture. You should, at least, sauté the veggies a little bit. It will soften the veggies texture and encourage the taste. If you want it healthier, you should use olive oil instead to sauté the veggies. Cooked veggies will add the flavor, give texture to the mixture, and keep the mixture moist. It makes your loaf a perfect one.
Bread is an essential ingredient that binds the mixture together so it doesn’t get spread out when you cook it and it loses the moisture. However, dry bread added in the mixture is a disaster too. It absorbs all the moisture in your mixture, and it can’t be called loaf anymore. To prevent such problem, you should soak the bread in milk until it gets mushy. Don’t soak it too long so it has too much milk in it. It will also ruin the entire recipe. Start with soaking the bread with a little milk. Add little by little as you need to.
Most of the recipes have one or two of these mistakes. Sometimes, the recipes are fine but we don’t understand it the right way. If your family likes this dish, you should evaluate your recipe and improve the mistakes. It allows you to have the perfect and healthy turkey meatloaf recipes.