Here is an outstanding Turkey Meatloaf recipe from Sicily! Ground turkey is mixed with mashed potatoes instead of bread crumbs, formed into a loaf, and simmered in wine-scented tomato sauce.
Meatloaf may be one of the most iconic American dishes, yet it's also a popular dish across the globe. Dozens of countries have their own version. South Africans call theirs Boboti. In Italy meatloaf is called polpettone, which means 'Big Meatball' - an exciting and comforting concept!
Lately I've been cooking my way through one of my old cookbooks, Foods of Sicily and Sardinia. When I came across a recipe for Sicilian style turkey meatloaf, it called out to me.
I love the use of cooked potatoes to soften and bind the turkey. I adore the lively fresh flavors of garlic, parsley and capers. It's an elegant departure from the typical ketchup and breadcrumb meatloaf (not that I don't love that one too!).
Let's make Sicilian Turkey Meatloaf!
Who needs bread crumbs when you have potatoes? The use of mashed or grated boiled potatoes in this recipe is pure genius. The meatloaf is melt-in-your-mouth tender and delicious!
- Boil The Potatoes: Boil potatoes in their skins. When they're cool, peel and grate or mash them.
- Make the Meatloaf Mixture: Combine the potatoes with the ground turkey, garlic, parsley, capers, salt, pepper and chopped anchovies. Anchovies are optional here but highly recommended. I know not everyone loves them but they add a lot of great umami flavor to the meatloaf.
- Shape: Form the mixture into a loaf, working on a well-floured surface to keep the meat from sticking. Make sure you have a good coating of flour, which will help hold the delicate loaf together when it's sautéed. For gluten-free, use white rice flour or your favorite gluten-free flour mix.
- Simmer: Heat olive oil in a large heavy pot or Dutch oven and sauté the meatloaf on both sides, until lightly browned. Pour in white wine and tomato puree. Cover the pot and let the meatloaf simmer gently in wine-scented tomato sauce, for 45 minutes, basting from time to time.
Encased in a heavy pot with wine and pureed tomatoes, this turkey meatloaf simmers slowly to tender perfection!
What to serve with this turkey meatloaf
- Olive Oil and Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
- Sicilian-style Carrots cooked in wine
- Insalata Tricolori - The perfect salad to serve with any Italian meal
Here's the Sicilian Turkey Meatloaf Recipe. If you make this, I hope you'll come back to leave a star rating and a comment. I'd love to know what you think!Print