This Gluten Free Turkey Meatloaf is a makeover of one of the first recipes I posted when I first started blogging. It’s a family favorite and a great way to stretch a pound of ground meat!
I’ve updated it for a number of reasons. First of all, I wanted to make it gluten free. Second, the original recipe used a stuffing mix, which isn’t really necessary if you just use dried bread cubes and poultry seasoning. This is the only meatloaf recipe I will eat, as I’m not a fan of ketchup, and it seems most meatloaf has ketchup in, or on it. (This post contains affiliate links for your convenience)
My mom never made meatloaf when I was growing up, so the first time I ever had this was in my late 20’s. It’s so delicious, I generally make a double batch because the first one is inhaled by the family and I do like to “cook once, eat twice”! It’s a great budget dish too, as a pound and a half of ground meat will serve 4-6. I pump up the flavor in both the meatloaf and gravy with a bouillon paste, like this one.
The “secret” ingredient, club soda makes it vey light and fluffy. A pound and a half of ground turkey makes enough meatloaf to serve 4 to 6. Use your favorite gluten free bread to make the bread cubes. I save the small bits and the heals in the freezer for just this sort of recipe. My family likes this meatloaf with mushroom gravy and mashed potatoes.
- 1 1/2 pound ground turkey
- 1 onion chopped about 2 cups
- 2/3 cup chopped celery
- 3 ounces about 2 cups, diced gluten free bread cubes
- 2 eggs lightly beaten
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 teaspoons chicken bouillion
- 1/2 cup plain club soda
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Put bread cubes on a baking sheet and toast in oven until golden and crisp, about 10 minutes.
- In a saute pan, heat oil. Add chopped onion and celery and cook 2-3 minutes, until translucent. Add garlic and cook and additional minute, just until fragrant. Remove from heat.
- In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, toasted bread cubes, eggs, sauteed vegetables, spices and club soda. Combine. (I use my hands).
Fill a lightly greased 9"x6" loaf pan with meatloaf mixture. Do not pack. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes. Meatloaf should be hot and bubbly. Let stand 15 minutes for juices to set.
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