Mini Mediterranean Turkey Meatloaves

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Mini Mediterranean Turkey Meatloaves are packed with bold, fresh Mediterranean flavors, and made in under 30 minutes!

I’ve been crushing on spring hard lately. A spell of 40+ degree weather this week nearly had me dragging the patio chairs up from the basement to set on the back deck and lounge in the sun with a glass of white wine.

Just kidding…those chairs are heavy. And dirty.

If you’re not from around here, I realize this sounds a little bit nuts, but when the days are short and cold, and it seems the snow will never melt, us Midwesterners have to grab onto anything we’ve got, and keep our eyes on the prize. After all, 40 degree weather eventually leads to spring break! Planting gardens! Farmers’ Markets! Ice cream season!

Ok let’s be real, every season is ice cream season.

Anyways, this week I went a little wild at the grocery store, stocking up on ingredients I would normally stare wistfully at around this time of year. Tomatoes, cucumbers, berries, and grapes all made it into my cart, regardless of the fact that they’re not in season anywhere within a 500 mile radius. Guess what? I don’t care. This week I needed a fresh fix that no amount of winter root veggies could cure. It really helped lift my mood, actually!

I used some of my booty in today’s recipe for Mini Mediterranean Turkey Meatloaves – coastal cousins of the Mini BBQ Cheddar Meat Loaves I posted a few months ago!

Packed with fresh flavors like parsley, tomato, cucumber, and basil, these mini turkey meatloaves are studded with salty kalamata olives and feta cheese, and slathered with hummus, which helps keep the meatloaves incredibly moist while they bake quickly in a hot oven.

There could not be a better way to prepare lean, ground turkey breast. I’m sure of it! I can’t get over how creamy and, frankly, un-lean they tasted. Healthy, and quick enough to make for a weeknight meal, too!

Start the Mini Mediterranean Turkey Meatloaves by adding 1 egg and 2 Tablespoons hummus to 1lb ground turkey breast. You can use whatever flavor of hummus you like. Bet you didn’t see my choice coming…

Next add 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs and 1/4 cup feta cheese.

FYI – the reason why you’ve seen 3 (!) recipes in a row using feta cheese is because whenever I buy a tub it inevitably sits in the back of the fridge for WEEKS, until I remember it’s in there and scramble to think of how to use it before going bad. Planning several recipes in a week or two that incorporate feta (or any ingredient for that matter) ensures nothing goes to waste!

Now add 1/4 cup kalamata olives cut in half, and 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley. If you’ll notice, most of the ingredients we’ve added so far are FULL of flavor, which will really help liven this turkey meatloaf up.

Few more chop chops – 1/4 cup chopped red onion, and 2 cloves of minced garlic. 

Seasoning time. Add 1/2 teaspoon dried basil, 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, and lots of salt and pepper. 

Mix the ingredients together with your hands until just combined then divide into 4 parts, shape into loaves, and place onto a foil-lined, non-stick sprayed baking sheet. Slather the tops of each mini meatloaf with 1 Tablespoon hummus then bake for 18-20 minutes at 425 degrees.

K! While the meatloaves are sizzlin’ away in the oven, mix up a super-fresh topping that will bring even more flavor and life to the party. In a bowl combine 1 chopped vine-ripened tomato and 1/2 peeled, seeded & chopped cucumber. Organic tomatoes and cukes actually taste really great.

Next add 4-5 chopped basil leaves. Note: you could use parsley here if you don’t feel like buying parsley AND basil, but dangit do I love that combo of basil, tomato, and cucumber. It’s my refreshing summertime salad staple!

Finish ‘er up with a squeeze of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil, salt & pepper then toss to combine.

Pull the meatloaves out of the oven then let them rest for 5 minutes. Spoon on the tomato topping, and a bit more feta cheese, then dig in!

Mini Mediterranean Turkey Meatloaves

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Serves 4

Ingredients:
1lb ground turkey breast
1 egg
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup feta cheese, plus more for topping
1/4 cup kalamata olives, cut in half
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup minced red onion
1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons hummus, divided
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
salt & pepper

For the topping:
1/2 small cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 large vine-ripened tomato, chopped
2-3 Tablespoons fresh chopped basil
juice from half a lemon
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
salt & pepper

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil then spray well with non-stick spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, egg, bread crumbs, feta cheese, kalamata olives, parsley, red onion, 2 Tablespoons hummus, garlic, dried basil, oregano, salt, and pepper. Mix until just combined.
  3. Divide mixture into 4 equal-sized portions then form into loaves and place on prepared baking sheet. Spread 1 Tablespoon remaining hummus over each loaf then bake for 18-20 minutes, or until no longer pink in the center.
  4. Meanwhile, combine topping ingredients in a bowl. Spoon over cooked meatloaves then serve.

 

While it’s still a few (ok, several) months away from tomato and cucumber season here in the Midwest, I can’t tell you how sweet it was to have a taste of summer in the dead of winter! Totally worth the out-of-season splurge. :)

I baked up some Baked Sweet Potato Fries to serve on the side of my Mini Mediterranean Turkey Meatloaves.

All I did was cut the sweet potato into fry-shapes then toss with extra virgin olive oil and some of this seasoning salt.

I popped them into the oven about 10 minutes before adding the meatloaf, flipped ‘em once, and pulled them out when the meatloaf was done. Voila! Perfect in-season side to this bright, fresh meal.

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Comments

  1. Sydney 01.08.2013

    Haha, I know exactly what you mean! When it hits 40 degrees at any point in our long, cold winters in Wisconsin people break out their shorts! And the sweet potato fries look delicious by the way :)

  2. Mediterranean flavors are my faaaaave. Especially olives. These sound super yummy… and your photos are GORGEOUS.

  3. I cannot believe I’ve never thought of putting hummus on my meatloaf – I’m Lebanese!! You better believe I’m trying this asap :)

  4. 1. It was 40 degrees today so I went to the outdoor mall without a coat!!
    2. The snow is melting and while I’m glad to not have to slush through it it makes the dog want to wander around the yard instead of just do his business and come back in.
    3. I’m eating ice cream right now.
    4. Those meatloaves look delish minus the feta. I don’t do feta.
    5. I would devour those sweet potato fries in 3 seconds flat.

  5. This recipe looks amazing!! I keep saying “I’m making that this week” but every time I go back to your blog, you posted something else fantastic!!

  6. These look awesome. I love Mediterranean inspired food. Now I am just trying to figure out how I could make these vegetarian…haha!

  7. I’m so ready for spring too! I live in Denver and it was 50 degrees here so I wore flip flops to yoga… big mistake since there’s still know in certain spots.

  8. Lauren 01.08.2013

    How fun! Anything mini is always a joy to eat. :)

  9. Vicki 01.08.2013

    This looks so good. Question… I am not fond of feta cheese. Can you recommend another cheese to use in the meat loaf?

    • Tina 05.31.2013

      i didn’t have feta on hand so i used goat cheese. it’s so mild that it doesn’t over power the other flavors but adds nice texture.

  10. Jess 01.08.2013

    Hummus on top!? That’s inspired – these look delicious!

  11. julia 01.08.2013

    these look really yummy, thanks!

    xo julesinflats.com

  12. I think I have been convinced to give meatloaf a try…

  13. You had me at hummus.

    Love the Mediterranean flavor profile! Sounds like such a fun take on meatloaf :)

  14. Wow this looks sooo delicious – I have only recently found your blog but I have been saving so many of your recipes to try out!
    xo Emilie @ Hungry Delights

  15. JoAnn 01.09.2013

    I can relate, I live near Chicago and Saturday is supposed to be 55 degrees, Sunday is going to be 28 degrees.

  16. Chelsea 01.09.2013

    Ha! I know exactly what you mean. I live in Wisconsin, so when I experienced the weather yesterday, I made my summer garden couscous salad. We have to take what we can get!

  17. Celeste B. 01.09.2013

    I love the BBQ meatloafs and can’t wait to try these.

  18. I have to admit, meatloaf is one of my least favorite meals. But this actually looks good!!

  19. I have the exact same problem with feta cheese! In fact, I have 3/4 of a tub of it sitting in my fridge right now after making a greek pasta salad a few days ago. Thanks for the reminder (and idea of how) to use it up!

  20. debtgirl 01.09.2013

    The sweet potato fries look good and the spice looks interesting.

  21. These look so interesting! I would never think to pair meatloaf with mediterranean flavors! I definitey might have to test this one out (although minus the olives for me).

  22. This is a must try!!

  23. I *almost* sat on my balcony in the warm temperatures this weekend to enjoy a glass of white wine. January – March IS.THE.LONGEST!! I’m going to add your mini turkey meatloaves to my menu plan next month. I love hummus and these look delicious and the perfect light meal!

  24. Jenn 01.09.2013

    I can’t describe how awesome feta is in scrambled eggs. I don’t know how I did not know this until last year but it is one of the reasons I buy feta now. Delicious!

  25. Maureen 01.10.2013

    I made these last night and seriously, they were AHmazing! Gound turkey finally found a way to have FLAVOR! Instead of sweet potato fries I made cous cous and mixed the salad topping into that, definitely recommend as another option for a side dish for this. High five on this one IGE!

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  27. Heather T. 01.12.2013

    Yum! Made these the other night – so much flavor! No need to eat boring turkey burgers ever again.

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  33. Anna L 01.18.2013

    Made these last night. So good! With a good food processor it only takes a couple of minutes to make your own and you know only good stuff goes in it:)

    My 2 young boys loved these as well. I shaped theirs in their initials (had to be creative – anything with more than 2 colors is fussed upon :)) which was a hit – thank you for a great twist on a meatloaf!

  34. Sarah 01.23.2013

    Made these last night and they were so good! I took another commenter’s suggestion and made couscous and served with the tomato/cucumber mix over that. I also sauteed my onions a little before adding them to the turkey – my boyfriend hates crunchy onions and they never soften up enough when they are put in raw into a meatloaf.

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  37. Dena 10.29.2013

    Do you think you could sub capers for kalamata olives in this recipe?

    • Iowa Girl Eats 10.30.2013

      I might do about 2 Tablespoons capers instead of 1/4 cup olives just because I think they’re a bit stronger in flavor and salt than the olives!

  38. Sara Shingler 06.17.2014

    Fantastic! You hit the nail on the head with this one! I honestly haven’t eaten something I haven’t liked off of your blog, and I’ve made A LOT of recipes! I really liked the smear of hummus on top, yum-o! This will become a regular, just like the rest of them! Thanks for all you do, keep up the great work!

  39. Laura 06.28.2014

    Just made this tonight, it was SO good!!!

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