Ever since the pandemic started I haven't gone out to eat. It makes it pretty hard to write about food. But what I have been doing is cooking more. I find it really beneficial to do meal prep for the week so that I don't have to think about what I want to eat. I'll make a ton of food to share with friends and family. I'll store a few extras in the freezer so that I have ready made meals anytime I need something and don't feel like cooking. I thought why not share some of these recipes with you all!
So this week I made a smoked gouda stuffed, bacon covered meatloaf. I know this sounds like alot, but I promise you it's very easy. I want to give my mom credit for the base of this recipe, I always loved her meatloaf, I've just taken that and run with it.
You'll need 2 packages of ground turkey, Ritz crackers (flavor of your choice, but I used the garlic butter ones), eggs, gouda cheese, onions, barbecue sauce (mom uses ketchup which is good too) and salt and pepper.
I get 2 large bowls and put 1 package of the ground turkey in each. Then in goes 1 sleeve of Ritz crackers, half an onion in each, 1 egg, salt, pepper and bbq sauce. Then blend it all together. This is my least favorite part because the easiest way is to use your hands, which is messy.
Next take one bowl of your mix and press it down in the bottom of your casserole dish, I use a 9x13 one. Then I slice of the cheese, personally I use Yancy brand smoked gouda with bacon, but you could use any cheese you want. Then take the other bowl of mixture and press it down on top. Now cover it with slices of bacon!
I cook it at 400 for 30 minutes, then broil it on high for an additional 15 to get the bacon crispy.
I did 2 simple sides to go along with it. Mashed potatoes that I added everything bagel seasoning to and sautéed garlic, spinach and baby bellas.
All told I ended up with 10 meals. It took me about 2 hours total including the trip to the grocery store. Next time you can't decide what to make for dinner give this a try, it came out amazing.