Tom Valenti's Turkey and Bacon Loaf by Tom
Monday afternoon a few weeks ago and it is my turn to cook again. Barbara is off painting for the afternoon so I have the cooking duty. While shopping at Wegman's we had found ground turkey was on sale and bought a couple of pounds of it. At that point we had no good ideas of what we wanted to do with it. But along from our bookshelf of cookbooks came Tom Valenti's cookbook "You Don't Have to Be Diabetic to Love This Cookbook" and a pretty clever use for gound turkey. This recipe was so simple that, uncharacteristically for me, I followed it to a tee. Well, almost! This recipe proved to be not only easy to make, but very tasty as well. I will definitely make this one again!
Here are the ingredients:
2-4 slices of turkey bacon, cooked and coarsely chopped
1 small Spanish onion, chopped
1 large egg, beaten
1 yellow pepper, chopped (this was my addition to the recipe!)
3/4 cups dry unseasoned bread crumbs
2 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard (this is a key ingredient in the seasoning of this recipe)
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt (Kosher salt works well)
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves (double the amount if you use fresh)
1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon (double the amount if you use fresh)
2 pounds lean ground turkey
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.