Sweet and Spicy Turkey Loaf

Italian sausage gives mild-mannered ground turkey just the kick it needs in this moist meat loaf. The recipe was created by Cooking Club member Linda J. Skodak, who was determined to introduce healthier options into her family's diet. “The combination of sausage, red pepper and apricot jam gave it the contrast I was looking for,” says Linda.

Sweet and Spicy Turkey Loaf

1 1/2 cups fresh whole wheat bread crumbs*
1 medium onion, finely chopped (1 cup)
2 ribs celery, finely chopped (3/4 cup)
3/4 cup finely chopped unpeeled green apple, such as Granny Smith
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 1/4 lb. ground turkey
1 lb. bulk mild Italian sausage
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon apricot preserves, divided

1. Heat oven to 350ºF. Spray 9x5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray. Combine all ingredients except turkey, sausage and preserves in large bowl. Gently mix in turkey, sausage and 1/4 cup of the preserves until well-combined.

2. Place meat loaf mixture in pan; shape into mounded loaf slightly oval in shape.

3. Bake 1 hour 20 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 160ºF. Remove from oven; brush with remaining 1 tablespoon preserves. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.

8 servings

PER SERVING: 360 calories, 21 g total fat (6.5 g saturated fat), 24 g protein, 17.5 g carbohydrate, 95 mg cholesterol, 905 mg sodium, 1.5 g fiber

TIP * To make fresh bread crumbs, tear day-old whole wheat bread into pieces; place in food processor. Pulse 30 to 60 seconds or until coarse crumbs form. One bread slice yields about 3/4 cup crumbs.