Before I delve into describing this recipe, let me be clear: in no way is this an authentic curry dish (Indian or Thai – both of which I love)! Essentially, it’s a turkey meatloaf, a classic American dish, infused with some of those beautiful exotic flavors: curry powder, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and… okay, I guess that’s really it, but I promise it’s delicious.
This turkey meatloaf is good for you, offering lean protein and a dose of vegetables with the additions of a red pepper and fresh spinach. I prefer to use lite coconut milk, just be sure to shake the can well before opening. The coconut milk is a great touch, especially for those of use who are lactose intolerant. It also keeps the turkey meatloaf nice and moist – none of those dense loafs for us!
For a new twist on an American favorite, try this recipe for Curry-Inspired Turkey Meatloaf:
Curry-Inspired Turkey Meatloaf – makes 8 servings
1/2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 shallot, minced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon grated ginger
1 red pepper, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch cubes
1 5-6 oz bag fresh baby spinach
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 large egg
1 cup lite coconut milk
3/4 cup plain breadcrumbs
1 1/2 pounds (24 oz) lean ground turkey
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
1/8-1/4 teaspoon paprika
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly coat a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
Heat the oil in a large saute pan set over medium heat. Add the shallot and saute until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and ginger and saute for 1 minute then add the red pepper. Cook, stirring often, until the pepper becomes soft, about 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the spinach. Slowly mix in the spinach until it wilts. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside and cool to room temperature.
In a large bowl, mix together the egg, coconut milk, breadcrumbs, ground turkey, lemon juice, curry powder and paprika. Add the vegetable mixture once is reaches room temperature, using your hands to mix all the ingredients together until well-combined. Transfer the mixture to the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top.
Bake the meatloaf at 350°F until the meatloaf is cooked through and the internal temperature registers 170°F, about 50 to 60 minutes. Remove from the oven and cut into slices. Serve warm.