Turkey Meatloaf with Apple and Sage

Turkey Meatloaf with Apple and Sage

It’s amaz­ing that I’m still feed­ing my fam­ily. Since our book How to Feed a Fam­ily launched on Sep­tem­ber 3rd, it’s been super dif­fi­cult to keep up with the pace of a press tour and the grind of fam­ily meals. In fact, a bunch of my friends had a chuckle recently on Face­book when I posted a photo taken just before our book launch party of Scar­lett, Esme and Julian all dressed up eat­ing a mush­room pizza we ordered into the bar. Some­one actu­ally asked, “so this is how to feed a fam­ily?!” To tell you the truth, yes. We’ve never said we’ve got it all fig­ured out. We get up each morn­ing, try our best and, if it all goes to hell in a hand­bag (make mine a Miu Miu satchel), we pack it in and know we always have tomor­row to do bet­ter. It’s just the way it goes some days and you can’t beat your­self up over it. So, yes, we ordered pizza with a white, fluffy crust and it was gooooooood.


Photo by Maya Visnyei

If last night’s din­ner was a burger in the car while you drove to some God­for­saken prac­tice for the 100th time this week, have no fear. You always have tomor­row and tomorrow’s din­ner can be these fan­tas­ti­cally deli­cious mini meatloaves.

If you can believe it (I’m the one who can’t actu­ally), I made these in the midst of a very hec­tic week. After being up every morn­ing around 5am to make the rounds of morn­ing tele­vi­sion sta­tions, I still mus­tered the energy to put these together one after­noon. So, in other words, they take very min­i­mal effort and brain power but the out­come is super deli­cious, espe­cially if you love to mix the sweet­ness of apples with the slightly pep­per hit of sage. We ate them for din­ner and about a mil­lion lunches since they slice up nicely for sand­wiches. If you have one of these nifty mini loaf pans, then it’s easy to freeze sin­gle serv­ings. This way you can always have them around for those nights, well, when, you know, it all goes straight to the Miu Miu with that fancy metal buckle closure.

Turkey Meatloaf with Apple and Sage


  • Makes: 8 mini loaves or 1 regular loaf
  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Total time: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp (22 ml) butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 shallots, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 Gala apples, cored, peeled and sliced into small chunks
  • 2/3 cup (160 ml) unseasoned breadcrumbs
  • 2/3 cup (160 ml) milk
  • 2 lbs. ground turkey meat
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) apple butter, plus an extra Tbsp (15 ml) for tops of loaves
  • 2 Tbsp (30 ml) chopped fresh sage
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) fine sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp (1 ml) ground pepper


Pre­heat your oven to 400.

Grease your mini loaf pan or a bak­ing pan.

In a medium size skil­let over mod­er­ate heat, add the but­ter and cook your gar­lic and shal­lots, stir­ring, until onion is soft­ened, about 3 minutes.

Stir together apple chunks, bread­crumbs and milk in a large bowl and allow to soak for about 5 minutes.

Add your turkey meat and mix to com­bine.

Stir in your egg as well as the gar­lic and shallots–Be sure to scrape as much of the but­ter from the pan into the bowl too.

Mix in your apple but­ter, sage and salt and pep­per until all your ingre­di­ents are mixed evenly through­out the meat.

Spoon the meat mix­ture into your loaf tins, using all your meat.

If you're not using a loaf pan, place your meat onto your pan and shape it into an oval.

Bake in the oven on the mid­dle rack for about 50 min­utes or until the inter­nal tem­per­a­ture of a loaf reaches 160 degrees. 

In the last minute of your cook­ing time,  brush the tops with some apple but­ter.

Remove the loaves from the oven and allow to rest for 5 min­utes then serve.



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  1. Hoochus
    November 09, 16:52 Reply

    This recipe sounds good. Can it be made using one large size meatloaf pan? If so, what adjustments if any, would you suggest?


  2. Hoochus
    November 09, 16:55 Reply

    OOPs! Re-read the recipe and have my answer. Thanks.

    • Laura
      November 23, 09:17 Reply

      No problem! Hope you enjoyed it.

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