Holiday Memories Turkey Loaf

I have decided for the rest of the month, I am celebrating Thanksgiving in Retro Food here. A holiday for the whole country that has its roots in food, deserves that!

This one is the Holiday Memories Turkey Loaf from The Great American Meat Loaf Cookbook. I love these stuffed jelly roll type meatloaves


1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup sliced fresh mushroom
1/4 cup water
1 cup Pepperidge Farm Stuffing mix


1 1/3 pounds ground turkey
1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 cup milk
1 large egg, lightly beaten


1/3 cup crushed cranberry sauce (not whole berry sauce)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.

In a large skillet, saute the celery and onion in the butter until tender, about 4 to 6 minutes. Add the mushrooms and saute another 3-4 minutes. The mixture should be spreadable, not dry.

Add the water and bring to a boil,; stir in the parsley and stuffing mix. Cover and remove from the heat. (If the mushrooms do not release much moisture, you may need to add 1 to 2 teaspoons hot water.)

In a large bowl, combine the loaf ingredients.

Spray a 10 x 16 in piece of aluminum foil with nonstick cooking spray. Spread the poultry mixture on top of the foil to form a 12 x8 inch rectangle. Spread the cranberry sauce on top of the poultry loaf mixture. Then spread the stuffing mixture on top of the cranberry sauce.

Roll up the loaf jelly roll style, starting with the long side for a long loaf. Wrap foil tightly around the roll and place in the prepared baking dish.

Bake for 45 minutes. Open the foil and continue baking for 15 minutes or until done. Let the loaf stand 10 minutes. Unwrap the foil and serve


  1. Oh dear, umm, well,….

  2. This was not the response I expected from Liz.

  3. Really Liz? How come?

  4. GROUND TURKEY?? Sorry to be negative because I know you work very hard with the recipes. I guess I am not much of much of a poultry person.

  5. Lots of folk like the ground turkey as a leaner/non red meat alternative. I am not a huge fan usually though. Nah, you are allowed to be negative. I was just surprised. I didn’t think about the ground turkey aspect. I thought maybe it was the turkey/cranberry/stuffing combo.

  6. Please. Be negative, goodness knows I am negative more often than not. 🙂 I just never think about you disliking anything – you are always so positive, lol.

  7. Turkey= NO
    Cranberry Sauce & Stuffing= YUM

    How about a nice 2 layer jello salad? One layer is turkey salad & the other is cranberry. It’s true, I swear!!

    Have a great weekend! 🙂

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