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Turkey Pumpkin Meatloaf Recipe Perfect for Halloween
Turkey Pumpkin Meatloaf platted

Turkey Pumpkin Meatloaf Recipe Perfect for Halloween

Turkey Pumpkin Meat Loaf Recipe – Fill your little ghouls with wholesome food before trick or treating

 This is a great meatloaf recipe for the fall that is both hearty and delicious. This recipe uses the healthy ingredients of ground turkey and pumpkin to make a delicious recipe. Giving your kids a full meal before trick or treating will give them a energy boost and a full stomach will discourage gorging on their pillow case full of candy.

If the idea of baking a pumpkin is too difficult for your busy schedule, I suggest doing this ahead of time or purchase pre-cooked pumpkin. 

bake pumpkin for Turkey Pumpkin Meatloaf

bake pumpkin for Turkey Pumpkin Meatloaf

Ingredients

Turkey Pumpkin Meatloaf Ingredients

1.2 Pounds Ground Turkey (1 package of Costco Foster Farms Ground Turkey Meat)

3/4 Cup Baked Kobucha Pumpkin (diced) –  May substitute with canned pumpkin slices

1/2 Cup Melissa’s Produce Clean Snacks with Flax and Cranberry  ( may substitute from any granola mix) – Grind in food procesor

2 Eggs

1 Cup Asiago Cheese (1/2 inch cubes) / (Divided)

1/4 Cup Asiago Cheese (shredded) –  I used Lake Country Asiago from Costco

1/2 Brown Onion (diced)

4 Mini Sweet peppers (diced)

6 Fresh Basil Leaves (chopped)

1/4 Teaspoon Salt

1/2 Teaspoon Pepper

1/4 Teaspoon Dry Oregano

 

Pumpkin BBQ Sauce Ingredients

1 Tablespoon Butter – I used Kerry Gold

1/4 Cup Baked Kobucha Pumpkin

3/4 cup BBQ Sauce (make your own or your favorite bottled) –  I used Chris N Pitt’s Original

1 Shot Bourbon (optional) –  I used Buffalo Trace Hancock Reserve bourbon

 

Procedure

Pumpkin BBQ Sauce Procedure

1) In pan, melt butter at medium-high heat

2) Add cooked pumpkin and cook until browned

3) Add BBQ sauce, cook until boiling

4) Mash pumpkin with a potato masher until smooth

5) (optional) Add shot of bourbon, cook for an additional 1 minute

 

Make pumpkin Burbon BBQ Sauce and Apply to Turkey Pumpkin Meatloaf

Make pumpkin Burbon BBQ Sauce and Apply to Turkey Pumpkin Meatloaf

 

Turkey Pumpkin Meat Loaf Procedure

1) Warm oven to 350 Degrees

2) Place diced cooked pumpkin into ground turkey and gently incorporate into a mix

Add pumpkin to ground turkey meat

Add pumpkin to ground turkey meat

 

3) Grind Clean Snax or Granola style product in a food processor. Add to the mixture and gently fold it into the mixture.

Grind binding ingredients and mix into ground turkey

Grind binding ingredients and mix into ground turkey

 

4) Mix ground turkey with all of the other meatloaf ingredients. Again be careful not to overwork the meatloaf mixture. You are looking for an airy feel.

Turkey Pumpkin Meatloaf - Add Other Ingredients and mix

Turkey Pumpkin Meatloaf – Add Other Ingredients and mix

 

5) Grease Pyrex pan with olive oil.

6) Spread meatloaf mixture into a Pyrex baking pan. I prefer a thin meatloaf, so I use a wide pan.  Thin meatloaf slices make for easy sandwiches the next day. For this recipe, I also like a thin meatloaf because it allows a greater meat to sauce ratio.   Note: Thin meatloaf will cook faster. 

Turkey Pumpkin Meatloaf formed into baking pan

Turkey Pumpkin Meatloaf formed into baking pan

7)  Cover top of meatloaf with Pumpkin BQQ sauce and then drizzle over with plain BBQ sauce

8) Cover with shredded cheese and cheese cubes

9) Bake for 45 Minutes at 350 degrees (uncovered). If using a deeper pan, cook for 1 hour. 

Add both types of cheese and Bake the Turkey Pumpkin Meatloaf

Add both types of cheese and Bake the Turkey Pumpkin Meatloaf

 

10) Serve Turkey Pumpkin Meatloaf with fresh vegetables

Turkey Pumpkin Meatloaf platted

Turkey Pumpkin Meatloaf platted. Notice I cook mine thin for sandwiches the next day.

 

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About Tom Holmberg

Tom grew up in a cultural diverse neighborhood and a culturally diverse family, so he has learned to appreciate all types of food. "I am not a Chef, nor do I play one on T.V., but I have learned to appreciate food from years of eating and cooking." Tom also spent 10 years in the restaurant industry in various roles, from Prep Cook to server.

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