Will Ferrell’s Favorite: Meatloaf!


Whenever I think of meatloaf for dinner, I hear a tiny Will Ferrell voice screaming this in my head:

Guess his Mom’s meatloaf is pretty awesome?

Today’s recipe is based off one my Mom made for my siblings and me growing up.  However I, unlike Will Ferrell, did not scream enthusiastically for her meatloaf.  It was more like whining, “noooo, do we have to have this AGAIN?”

Let’s pause. Mom- I would like to offer an apology for all the whining I did when you made meatloaf. You must have wanted to slap me (thanks for refraining btw). Now that I cook dinner for someone nightly, I know it sucks hard when they complain.

We are both great cooks, what on earth is there to complain about?! The problem must be them! Yeah, they need to get with the program.

So dear readers, you better try this, and LIKE IT.


If you or your loved ones are in the mood for some home-style cooking with an updated twist, try this recipe. Using turkey instead of ground beef makes this dish much healthier than traditional recipes; serve it with a side of brussel sprouts to round out the meal. Enjoy!

Yum, speckled with spicy jalapenos

Jalapeño Meatloaf

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 4 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp each garlic powder and onion powder* (you can use fresh, see note below)
  • 3 tbl chopped pickled jalapeños

Heat oven to 375°. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients and mix really well using your hands. I think this is the best way to thoroughly combine the ingredients, but if this grosses you out, use a large and heavy wooden spoon. Lightly grease a loaf pan (8x4x2). Spread the turkey mixture into the pan and bake for 45 minutes (up to an hour**). During the last 15 minutes of baking, spoon the sauce onto the meatloaf and return to the oven to finish cooking. Let rest for 5 minutes before cutting and serving.

For the sauce: Whisk together 1/3 cup ketchup, 1 tsp worchestire sauce, 1 tbl brown sugar and 1 tbl mustard until combined.

*Note: I was in a hurry and grabbed the powder stuff, but if you want fresh, mince two cloves garlic and 2 tbl onion.

** The turkey needs to be properly cooked in order for the meatloaf to retain a nice ‘slice’ shape when you cut it. If you aren’t sure about doneness, insert a meat thermometer, it should read above 165°.

Daily Question: At your house, who is most likely to whine  about what’s for dinner?

Have a good weekend, see you back here on Monday 🙂



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