Meatloaf Twitter Style

I was a trader joe’s and bought ground turkey because it was $3 cheaper than ground beef. I didn’t buy anything to go with it, normally I turn ground turkey in to tacos or burgers, but I didn’t buy any of the appropriate holders. I have a tendency to buy meat and then stick it in the freezer and ignore it, but I pondered and decided that I had the basic ingredients and would attempt to make meatloaf. I had seen my mom make meatloaf (hers was beef and pork) hundreds of time, but never actually make a loaf myself. So, I did what any modern girl would do and asked Twitter.

Twitter was full of suggestions: Paula Deen’s recipe, ketchup in the meat, ketchup on the meat, ketchup 2 ways, brown sugar, milk, taco meatloaf, bread crumbs, cracker crumbs… It was meat madness. But, I combined the ideas and threw on a brilliant last minute suggestion and thus the very delicious twitter loaf was born. So, of course, I needed to blog it. I’ve often mocked the Pioneer Woman’s style of food blogging, it drives me nuts and the fact that it is now the expected form of food blogging disappoints me to no end. Few people can cook and photograph well enough to make the style a success*. And I do not need to have every.single.step. documented. Also, how many times do we need to see a shot of uncooked onions in oil. That said, I decided to give it a try.

Twitter Loaf

Ingredients: ground turkey, egg, bread, pepper, salt, ketchup, basil, parsley, onion, brown sugar, milk, mustard. Just ignore the gin in the background.

Put bread in toaster and toast it.

This is what toasted bread looks like. Some people call it “toast.”

Put toasted bread (“toast”) into large ziptop bag and crush with a rolling pin, making breadcrumbs.

Give up and just smash the bread up with your fingers. Yay! Breadcrumbs! Or, you know, just buy them.

Start by putting the turkey and the egg in a large mixing bowl.

Add the rest of the ingredients, excluding the bacon and bbq sauce, which you don’t even know about because they weren’t in the first picture. The first picture stifles creativity.

Who knew flakes and yolks could be so pretty!

Stick a spoon in the bowl.

Stir the mixture.

Keep stirring the delicious meat mixture until thoroughly combined.

Using two hands, which is why there is not picture of this step as I chose to not get my new camera (!) all meaty, form the sticky meaty mixture into something resembling a loaf and place on a cookie sheet or sheet pan.

Spread the loaf with bbq sauce (not pictured! I don’t have a third hand) and then cover with strips of bacon, cut to fit. (Also not pictures, again only two hands and no desire for a raw pork covered new camera)

Preheat the oven to 350.

Open the oven door.

Put the pan in the oven. Close the door (not pictured) and back for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, check the internal temperature. The goal is for the bacon to be cooked and the inside of the twitter loaf to reach 165 degrees. After 30 minutes, the temperature was about 105. Back in to the oven.

After 17 more minutes, I check the temperature again. 166! Woohoo! Good to go. Turn off oven (not pictured).

Slice loaf in to thick slices (not pictured! for shame!) and place on plates.

Mmmm… twitterloaf.

Served with artichokes and butter.

Kiddo approved.

Twitter Meatloaf

1 pound ground turkey
1 egg
1 slice of bread  or 1/4 cup bread crumbs
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried minced onion
2-3 tbs milk, until moistened
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbs ketchup
2 tbs milk
1/4 cup prepared bbq sauce
3 slices uncooked bacon

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Toast bread and crush in to breadcrumbs
  3. Place all ingredients except bbq sauce and bacon in to large mixing bowl and mix well
  4. Form mixture into a loaf shape and place on a sheet pan or cookie sheet
  5. Cover with bbq sauce and then lay bacon strips across the loaf, width-wise, cut to fit.
  6. Bake uncovered about 45 minutes until internal temperature reaches 165 and bacon is cooked through and browned
  7. Slice, serve and enjoy!

*It actually doesn’t bug me at all when non-foodbloggers blog PW-style and admit it. Then it is sort of charming. Also? Anyone who is wondering why the PW’s style annoys me, I present: put the pot on the stove. Does that really need a picture?

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16 Responses to “Meatloaf Twitter Style”

  1. Natalie says:

    So at first (before the disclaimer) I thought “oh no! I am guilty of step-by-step!” and THEN I realized “um, I do not do it PW style step-by-step so I’m okay.

    That said, This whole post was informative and made me giggle. Natalie approved! Glad your meatloaf turned out tasty. I’ve done cheese inside, but never bacon outside. MUST.TRY.


    Amy Reply:

    I think doing step by step has merit. I think SHE shows way too many steps. So, many steps. I always think, “Wow, so THAT is how you fill a pot with water. Thank you so much for making it so very clear.”


  2. Eileen says:


    I heart this so much.

    This is not even close to as detailed as PW style. In order to do that, everytime you say “not pictured” throw in a picture.

    I clicked your link to her Chicken in a Pot or something. I scrolled through quickly.

    What resulted? Was an animation style graphic, which goes to show you how just how many pics are featured.


    Amy Reply:

    I honestly have no idea how she cooks and takes all those pictures.I guess really she is doing a photo shoot not cooking.


  3. Cole says:

    “the first picture stifles creativity” LOL

    I love this whole post – and your dinner looks yummy! :)


    Amy Reply:

    Thanks, everyone seemed to like it! Who knew meatloaf could be so much fun.


  4. TMae says:

    “Close door (not pictured)” coupled with “the first picture stifles creativity” made me snort my coffee. Snorting coffee HURTS thankyouverymuch.

    Looks tasty!


    Amy Reply:

    “Close door (not pictured)” is my absolute favorite part. It was surprisingly moist, I was worried because of the turkey.


  5. GossipMom says:

    Omgee Bacon! Why didn’t I think of that, bacon makes everything better. My H has to have “real food” but if I cover up the turkey taste he will never know. Lol


    Amy Reply:

    I can take no credit for the bacon. It came from @TashSparkles, but it really made the turkey taste more like a true beef/pork/sausage blend meat loaf.


  6. Courtney says:

    If every foodblogger gave step-by-step instructions as entertaining as this, their posts wouldn’t be so obnoxious. I’m not familiar with the PW style (because I made it a point to not fall all over myself with how great everyone says she is) but I know I like your style better.

    And bacon on meatloaf?! Genius!


    Amy Reply:

    @TashSparkles told me about the bacon/bbq sauce combo. I could not wait to try it. The one thing about PW, is while the volume of photos might be obnoxious, at least the pictures are really pretty.


  7. Natasha says:

    So happy it worked!!!


    Amy Reply:

    It was your suggestion that made it so great. Thank you!


  8. Alison says:

    I was trying to stifle my laughter while reading this so as not to awaken my husband, who is sleeping beside me. You are too funny. What I need to know now is, how did you cook the artichokes?


    Amy Reply:

    I boil them with a little lemon. I also overcooked them while trying to take pictures of the meatloaf, lol.


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