Turkey Loaf with Mushroom Sauce

In the days when serving turkey was considered a splurge, this comforting dish made great use of precious leftovers.

[quicklook-recipe prep_time=”20 min” cook_time=”45 min” serves=”4″ details=”” ]

[ingredients-list title=”Ingredients” serving_size=””]

  • 2 cups finely chopped cooked turkey or chicken
  • 1 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons chopped drained canned pimientos
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon white or black pepper
  • 3/4 cup low-fat (1% milkfat) milk
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 large egg


  • 1 1/2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup lower-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated skimmed milk
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon white or black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced parsley
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice


[step-list-wrapper title=”How to make it” time=”1 hour, 5 minutes”]

[step-item number=”1″ image_url=”” title=”” ] To prepare the turkey loaf, preheat the oven to 325°F. In a large mixing bowl, combine the turkey, bread crumbs, pimientos, celery seed, salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Whisk together the milk, egg whites and egg. Pour over turkey mixture. Mix thoroughly until combined. Press turkey mixture into a lightly greased 8 x 4 x 2-inch loaf pan. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until loaf is set in center. [/step-item]

[step-item number=”2″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Meanwhile, to prepare the mushroom sauce, in a medium saucepan, combine mushrooms and chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer, covered, for 1 minute or until mushrooms are tender. [/step-item]

[step-item number=”3″ image_url=”” title=”” ]In a small bowl, whisk together the evaporated skimmed milk, flour and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Add to mushroom mixture. Cook over moderate heat, whisking constantly, until mixture starts to thicken. Cook and whisk for 2 minutes more or until thickened. Stir in parsley and lemon juice. Serve mushroom sauce over turkey loaf. [/step-item]


[nutrition-info calories=”311″ calories_fat=”” fat=”8g” sat_fat=”2g” choles=”121mg” sodium=”511mg” carbs=”25g” sugars=”” protein=”34g” fiber=”1g”]


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