Tyler Florence is really good at girl math.
Allow me to explain. Girl math is when you, for example, go out to buy a dress, and find that it’s on sale for half price, and so instead of spending say, $200, you end up spending only $100, so you take that extra $100 and buy a pair of shoes you don’t need. Or when you have a Diet Coke instead of a regular Coke with a candy bar. Tyler’s mama apparently raised him right in this respect. Meatloaf is usually made with beef, but he uses turkey, cutting out some calories and cholesterol. Sooo, he uses an entire package of bacon in this recipe, because he’s saving all those calories by not using beef. See? Girl math!
Anyway, it was a delicious meatloaf recipe. I found it in his book “Family Meals.” Enjoy!
2 slices white bread, torn into pieces
2 cups whole milk
1 large yellow onion, diced
1 cup diced bacon, plus 6 to 8 strips
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 lbs. ground turkey
1 large egg
3 tbs ketchup
2 tbs Worcestershire sauce
2 tbs salt
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup Dijon mustard
1 cup brown sugar
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine the bread and milk in a large bowl and set aside for several minutes.
In a medium skillet, saute the chopped bacon until some fat has rendered and it’s somewhat crispy, then add the onion and garlic. Saute over medium heat until softened. Scrape the mixture into a large bowl and let it cool.
Add the turkey, milk-soaked bread (discard any extra milk), egg, ketchup, Worcestershire, and salt to the bowl with the onion mixture. Mix well, but don’t overwork the meat. Divide into two portions and shape each into an oblong rectangle on the baking sheet. Top with the bacon strips.
Make the glaze: in a small saucepan, combine the ketchup, mustard and sugar, bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Use a pastry brush to paint a thick layer of glaze onto each meatloaf.
Bake until the internal temperature is 160 F, about 1 hour. Let them rest for about 20 minutes, then slice and serve.