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.
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.