Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Weekend Chef: Pumpkin-Turkey Meatloaf Muffins

As I mentioned in a previous post, this month's supper club theme was "Halloween" food.  My husband and I both had some difficulty picking our recipes.  Eventually, my husband and I agreed that pumpkin was a fall/Halloween food and he decided to make these meatloaf muffins.  There was definitely some prep to this dish.  I feel like my husband was chopping for quite awhile and then the onion, garlic, and mushrooms had to be sauteed.  Once put together though I thought that these meatloaf muffins were really tasty!  Baking in a muffin tin means less cooking time.  The pumpkin flavor wasn't overwhelming and helped moisten them up.  And I loved the addition of the home-made cranberry sauce.  My daughter ate her muffin but my son wasn't a big fan (no surprise there!). Everyone at supper club seemed to enjoy these too. 
Pumpkin-Turkey Meatloaf Muffins
recipe slightly adapted from Cara's Cravings

1 cup finely chopped onion
1 8oz package mushrooms, chopped finely
3 cloves of minced garlic
1 lb 93% lean ground turkey breast
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 egg white
1/3 cup plain bread crumbs
1 tsp each minced fresh thyme and rosemary
Freshly ground salt and pepper

1 cup fresh cranberries
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water

Preheat oven to 400F. Spray a standard 12-cup muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.

In a nonstick skillet over medium heat, cook the onions until softened, about 8 minutes. Add the mushrooms and garlic and cook for about 5 minutes more, until vegetables are tender. Add to a bowl with the turkey, pumpkin, egg white, oats, sage, salt & pepper. Toss gently to combine. Divide the mixture evenly among the muffin tin. Place in the oven, bake for 20 minutes.

Combine cranberries, sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 10-15 minutes. Spoon onto the meatloaf muffins, and bake for another 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Family Rating: 1 1/2 thumbs up.

This recipe was shared at:
Church Supper @ Everyday Mom's Meals
Weekend Potluck @ 4 Little Fergusons
Sundae Scoop @ I Heart Nap Time


  1. Yummy. Meatloaf is one of life's great comfort foods. Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Love seeing new faces. Have a blessed week & come back soon ~EMM

  2. This sounds so good!

  3. Ohmigosh this looks good! I'm so glad to be following you, love your blog:)