The Crazy Suburban Mom: 'This doesn't taste like meat' loaf

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

'This doesn't taste like meat' loaf

I use ground turkey quite a bit. Normally when I'm using it I add some beefy goodness with a spoonful of Better Than Bouillon Beef Base.

This stuff...



Yesterday I didn't because I was using a packet of onion soup mix. I thought that would give my turkey meatloaf the beefy oomph it needed to make the boy happy.


The recipe was totally pantry so it's a bit odd and I liked the result quite a lot. The boy? Not so much....

Picky kid: Do you want me to keep the meatloaf or throw it out?
Me: Why?
Picky kid: I don't like it.
Me: What's the problem (now)?
Picky kid: It doesn't taste like meat...

Okay, well. It does taste like meat. It is meat. But I've found picky eaters tend to like things one way. And have excruciatingly precise memories of how they remember what they liked.
And as The Borg say, resistance is futile.

Me: Put it back in the fridge.
Picky kid: Can we order a pizza?
Me: Do you want to go to college or not...
Picky kid: Ma. You don't have to be so dramatic.


To a package of ground turkey (The 93%/ 7% stuff... the really lean ground turkey cooks up like a loaf made of cotton balls and sand) I added:

A mixture that I made in a measuring cup of:

A cup of water
A packet of onion soup mix
An egg
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup corn meal ( didn't have enough bread crumbs for a full cup)
2 garlic cloves pressed through a garlic press

I sprayed a loaf pan with pam, put the mixture in and baked it for about an hour and a half at 375.

I thought it looked good


turkeyloaf

Turkey is nice in loaf form because it shrinks away from the sides, gets crispy, but doesn't end up sitting in a pool of fat.

Which is kind of gross if you think about it.

I served it with some cooked broccoli. As you can see, it's not as dark as beef would have been (or would have been if I added the beef base, darn it) . And perhaps that was the first problem. Things need to look exactly the same to picky eaters to taste the same.

turkeyloaf1

This had a nice savory flavor. The main flavor being the onion soup mix. It worked well with the turkey and despite my son protestations that it didn't taste like meat, it does.


3 Comments:

Christina 5/20/09, 9:43 AM  

My kids notice even the smallest change when I cook.

I have something for you on my blog.

Mama 5/20/09, 10:08 AM  

You had me at "meatloaf"...

tracy 5/20/09, 10:15 AM  

Christina - I put a link to your blog on my side :) And yes, kids notice everything except their floor covered with everything they own...apparently.

Mama - :) Today I'm trying to make up for my lack of meat taste and am cooking up a meat fest... Much-Meat Loaf... lol... And a slow cooker thing meant to be two things... we will see how it pans out

tracy

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