Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Can't Miss Turkey and Swiss!

A different take on traditional meatloaf...

We've decided that the age-old meatloaf just isn't for us anymore.  Besides, we don't really do red meat and since we are pretty hooked on Ground Turkey, I figured out a way to make a delicious stuffed mini-meatloaf.  Of course, I'll never "diss" traditional meatloaf because my mom makes a killer loaf!!  So, here's to you, Mom!!

Can't Miss Turkey and Swiss
1 pkg. 98% fat free Ground Turkey
1/4 cup bread crumbs
8 Flipsides crackers, crumbled + 14 additional crackers, crushed; set aside
1 Egg
1/2 tsp. Garlic Salt
1/2 cup Mushrooms, diced
1/2 cup Swiss Cheese, grated
Olive Oil

Mix first 5 ingredients together.  Divide into 2 equal portions.  Form into "large burger shapes"; creating a well in the middle.  Fill the well with equal parts of mushrooms and swiss cheese.  Gently begin to push the sides of the burger up and over the filling, continuing to keep the burger shape.  Continue this until you have covered the well and stuffing, and have reformed into a solid burger shape.  

Put the 14 additional crushed crackers into a shallow bowl.  Take each burger and press into the crackers, covering both sides and also the edges.

Give a skillet 2 full turns with the Olive Oil and heat well.  Place burgers into the skillet, browning until a crispy brown on both sides.  Also, using 2 spatulas--turn burgers onto their sides and brown the sides as well.  You will need to add little additional drizzles of the Olive Oil as the burgers continue to brown so that they don't burn.  Once you get the initial browning, cover with a lid.  Turn often during cooking. 

Cook until internal temperature reaches 180 degrees.

We served ours with steamed broccoli.

Let me tell you....traditional meatloaf has NOTHING on this new version!!!  The cracker crust creates this toasty, crunchy outer shell that holds in all the juices and melts the cheese with the mushrooms into this yummy, gooey center. Those flavors all melded together into such a satisfying blend!!  There weren't really words to describe how absolutely tasty this meal turned out!!

Definitely worth the time and effort to prepare; don't hesitate to try this one!!

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