Turkey Meatloaf with Fontina and Mushrooms

This is my favorite meatloaf recipe, it has a really earthy favor. Whatever that means.

Turkey Meatloaf with Fontina and Mushrooms

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 pound cremini mushrooms, sliced
Coarse salt and ground pepper
2 small leeks, white and light-green parts only, thinly sliced, washed, and dried thoroughly
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup cup shredded fontina cheese (4 ounces)
1 slice day-old bread, cubed
1 large egg
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh sage leaves
1 1/2 pounds ground turkey (93 percent lean)


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high. Working in batches, cook mushrooms, stirring once or twice, until deep golden brown, about 5 minutes per batch. Season with salt and pepper; transfer to a large mixing bowl.
2. Return skillet to medium and add 1 tablespoon oil. Add leeks and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 4 minutes; season with salt and pepper. Add to bowl with mushrooms and let cool.
3. Add fontina, bread, egg, and sage to bowl and mix until thoroughly combined. Mix in turkey, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. On a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet, use your hands to form turkey mixture into a 10-inch loaf. Bake until cooked through, about 45 minutes. Let rest 10 minutes before serving.

Note: You can substitute Gouda for the fontina and use any type of mushroom.


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