Autumn is close at hand, and that means apples are in season. My local market has beautiful seasonal apples, and I love to include them in savory dishes – including this fragrant meatloaf.
This twist on classic meatloaf flavors a 1/2 and 1/2 combination of turkey and pork with sweet apple, fresh sage, and onion.
I like to bake this meatloaf free form to encourage browning. Using a loaf pan works as well. Here’s to the beautiful apple, and delicious, cozy meals at home. Enjoy!
Apple Sage Meatloaf
1 LB ground pork
1 LB ground turkey
1 yellow onion, diced fine
2 TB olive oil
1 apple, grated (no need to peel skin)
1 piece rustic bread, cubed into small pieces
1 TB minced fresh sage
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
I start by sauteeing the diced onion in olive oil. (You may omit this step, and instead mix raw onion with the remaining ingredients.) Mix all ingredients until cohesive.
Option one: free-form loaf on rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Option two: place meatloaf mixture into a standard loaf pan
Bake at 400 for about 35 – 40 minutes, or until firm and cooked through. Cool just enough to slice and enjoy. Great main dish to make ahead and heat in the microwave.
*for a gluten free version, substitute 2/3 cup uncooked old fashioned rolled oats or gluten free bread for the bread in the recipe above.