RECIPE: Turkey Quinoa Meatloaf

RECIPE: Turkey Quinoa Meatloaf

Turkey Quinoa Meatloaf with Gravy and fresh herbs


Turkey Gravy (Optional)

  • 1 to 2 cups pan drippings (from roasted turkey or chicken)

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 to 2 cups stock, homemade if you have it (or low-sodium or unsalted turkey or chicken stock)
  • Salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste


To prepare this delicious fall favorite, it couldn’t be easier!

Turkey Quinoa Meatloaf

  1. Thaw the meatloaf overnight in the fridge.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350F
  3. Place the thawed meatloaf on a baking tray, cover with foil, and bake on the middle rack for about an hour.
  4. You’ll know it's done when the texture is firm, and it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.
  5. Once fully cooked, allow to rest for a few minutes, and carefully pour off the juices that have collected in the foil liner. 
  6. At this point you can add glaze to the top and broil in the oven for 5 more minutes, or simply slice and serve.
  7. Serve with turkey gravy, cranberry sauce, or whichever accompaniments suit your taste buds.

Tasty Turkey Gravy

Reserving Chicken or Turkey drippings from whenever you roast a bird, means you can make amazing gravy on the fly.

Simply allow the drippings to cool and put them into a ziplock bag (don’t forget to label) and freeze. Making chicken and turkey stock from the bones also adds a ton of great flavour, and it's essentially free. Store bought stock is fine, but nowhere close to the real thing.

  1. Place the leftover drippings (thawed if they were previously frozen) into a measuring cup.
  2. Separate 4 tbsp of the fat that has risen to the surface and put into a medium sized saucepan, over low heat.
  3. Skim off any excess fat from the drippings and discard.
  4. Top up the remaining drippings in the measuring cup with stock, to yield about 2 cups.
  5. Add the flour to the pan and combine with the fat to make a roux. 
  6. Cook for 3-5 minutes over low/medium heat, stirring occasionally. 
  7. Add 1 cup of the drippings/stock mixture while whisking to combine. 
  8. Bring to a simmer, and allow to bubble away for a few minutes. 
  9. Adjust the thickness of the gravy with the remaining stock, and season to taste with salt and pepper.

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