Budget Menu & Dirt Cheap Recipes General Recipes Spicy Southwestern Meat Loaf with Special Sauce

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      1 cup coarsely chopped onion
      2 cloves garlic
      11⁄2 fresh jalapeño peppers, quartered and seeded (see Note)
      1 lb ground turkey
      1⁄2 cup fresh bread crumbs
      2 tsp dried oregano
      1 tsp ground cumin
      1 tsp salt
      1⁄4 tsp pepper
      2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
      1 large egg, beaten
      1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
      3 oz cream cheese
      Special Sauce (recipe follows)
      PREPARATION
      1. Heat oven to 350°F. Have ready a 9 x 5 x 2-in. loaf pan.

      2. Put onion, garlic and jalapeño peppers into a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped.

      3. Scrape mixture into a large bowl; add turkey and remaining ingredients. Mix well using hands or a wooden spoon, or put ingredients in the large bowl of a stand (not handheld) mixer fitted with a paddle or kneading hook and mix on low speed. Pat evenly in loaf pan.

      4. Bake 45 minutes, or until a meat thermometer inserted in center registers 165°F. Serve with Special Sauce.

      Note: When handling hot peppers, don’t touch your eyes or other sensitive areas until you’ve washed your hands well.

      Special Sauce

      Makes 3⁄4 cup Active: 12 min/Total: 12 min
      1⁄2 cup dry red wine
      2 tsp flour
      1⁄4 cup milk
      2 Tbsp stick butter, cut in small pieces
      2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
      1⁄4 tsp hot-pepper sauce (optional)
      1⁄8 tsp salt, or to taste
      1⁄4 cup cilantro leaves, coarsely chopped

      1. Stir wine and flour with a whisk in a small saucepan until blended. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook until thickened. Stir in milk; heat until barely simmering.

      2. Off heat, stir in butter, Worcestershire sauce, hot-pepper sauce (if using) and salt until butter melts, then stir in cilantro.

      Per 2 Tbsp: 59 cal, 1 g pro, 2 g car, 0 g fiber, 4 g fat (3 g sat fat), 12 mg chol, 112 mg sod

      Serves 6

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Budget Menu & Dirt Cheap Recipes General Recipes Spicy Southwestern Meat Loaf with Special Sauce