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Things People Are Weird About: Part 87

The other day a discussion over things people are weird about came up and among them was sharing recipes. It is true, many people are weird about this. Most will refuse any clues into the construction of the perfect bowl of baked beans, pasta salad, gnocchi, etc. 

Whatever the reason for this unspoken culinary code, be it a power struggle between cooks or a deep connection between the food and its creator, I am not weird about this. About a month ago I looked for a recipe for turkey meatloaf and found the perfect one. It is very simple to make and the ingredients are inexpensive. 

3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup skim milk
1 medium onion, peeled
2 pounds ground turkey breast
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
2 eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a small bowl, stir together the oats and milk. Thinly slice 1/4 of the onion and set aside. Finely chop the remaining onion. In a large bowl combine the turkey, oat mixture, chopped onion, bell pepper, eggs, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, salt and a few grinds of pepper. Mix just until well combined.

Transfer the mixture to a 9 by 13-inch baking dish and shape into a loaf about 5 inches wide and 2 1/2 inches high. Pour the tomato sauce over the meatloaf and sprinkle with the sliced onions. Bake for about 1 hour or until an instant-read thermometer registers 160 degrees.F.

Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 to15 minutes before slicing.

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