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Chicken Meatloaf Layered with Monterey Jack Cheese and Roasted Red Pepper

This is not a boring old meatloaf recipe! The flavour combinations in this loaf are so delicious!

I took this recipe from one of my favourite cookbooks “The Best of Rose Reisman” by Rose Reisman.

I love a recipe that I can throw together in the morning to bake later that evening. It can also be made ahead, up to a day in advance.  Reheat in a 300F oven for 15 minutes.

Rose Reisman also states in her cookbook to try mini meatloaves by using either a muffin cup mould or mini loaf pan. Divide mixture into 12 servings.

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1 1/2 lb (750 g) ground chicken
1/2 cup (125 ml) seasoned dry breadcrumbs
1 1/2 tsp (7.5 ml) finely chopped garlic
1 large egg
1/4 cup (60 ml) finely chopped yellow onion
1/4 cup (60 ml) ketchup
1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) dried basil
pinch of salt and pepper
1/3 cup (80 ml) finely diced green onions
2 oz (60 g) roasted red pepper, chopped (about 1/2 red bell pepper, roasted)
1/4 cup (60 ml) diced rehydrated sun-dried tomatoes
1/2 cup (125 ml) shredded Monterey Jack cheese or white aged cheddar (2 1/4 oz/65 g)
2 Tbsp (30 ml) grated Parmesan cheese (1/2 oz/15 g)

1. Preheat oven to 375F (190C). Line the bottom and sides of a 9×5-inch (2 L) loaf pan with foil or parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken, breadcrumbs, garlic, egg, onion, ketchup, dried basil and salt and pepper until well mixed. Pat half the chicken mixture into the prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle with the green onions, red pepper, and sun-dried tomatoes. Mix the Monterey Jack and Parmesan cheese and add all but 2 Tbsp (30 ml) of the cheese mixture to the loaf. Pat the remaining chicken mixture over the filling. Bake for 40 minutes or until the interior temperature reaches 165F (74C). Sprinkle with the remaining cheese and bake for 2 minutes or until the cheese melts. Let stand for 10 minutes, then slice and serve.
MAKES 6 SERVINGS

Nutritional Information per serving:
Calories 280
Carbohydrates 13 g
Fibre 1.8 g
Protein 22 g
Total fat 14.3 g
Saturated fat 4.9 g
Cholesterol 130 mg
Sodium 420 mg

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Eggnog Snickerdoodle Cookies

This recipe is super tasty and so easy to make.  I cut this recipe out of the “Winnipeg Free Press” years ago, so I do not know it’s original origin.

I could not find a small bottle of dark rum, so I just bought a 375 ml size of Appleton Estate Jamaica rum. It worked out just fine. (And in all honesty, I really can’t taste it in the cookie)

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750 ml (3 cups) all-purpose flour
10 ml (2 tsp) cream of tartar
5 ml (1 tsp) baking soda
2.5 ml (1/2 tsp) salt
185 ml (3/4 cup or 1 1/2 sticks) butter
500 ml (2 cups) sugar, divided
65 ml (1/4 cup) plain eggnog
15 ml (1 Tbsp) dark rum or brandy
5 ml (1 tsp) vanilla extract
2 large eggs
10 ml (2 tsp) cinnamon
2.5 ml (1/2 tsp) grated nutmeg

1. in a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer on high to beat the butter and 375 ml (1 1/2 cups) of the sugar until light and fluffy. Reduce the mixer speed to low and slowly drizzle in the eggnog, rum and vanilla, mixing until completely incorporated. Add the eggs, then beat until well mixed.
3. Add the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 1 hour.
4. When ready to bake, heat the oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
5. In a small bowl, mix together the remaining 125 ml (1/2 cup) of sugar, the cinnamon and nutmeg.
6. Working with 15 ml (1 Tbsp) of dough at a time, roll the dough between your hands to form balls. Roll each ball in the sugar mixture to coat evenly, then arrange on the prepared baking sheet. Leaving 5 cm (2 inches) between the cookies on all sides. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until lightly golden, but still soft at the centre. Transfer to a rack to cool.

MAKES 36 cookies

NOTE: Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.

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Stuffed Turkey Meatloaf

I have been making this recipe for many years and it has taken me years to put it on my blog.  I really don’t know why since my kids devour this meatloaf, especially when I add some turkey gravy to it.  I found this recipe in the Winnipeg Free Press “Recipe Swap Favorites” cookbook by Ilana Simon.  I have made this meatloaf in the morning and cooked it later for dinner.  I often serve this with mashed potatoes and a vegetable.

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1 1/2 pounds (750 g) ground turkey
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup (125 ml) milk
3/4 cup (175 ml) dry bread crumbs
1 tsp (5 ml) salt
1/2 tsp (2 ml) pepper
1 envelope stuffing mix (such as Stovetop), prepared according to directions on box

1. Mix ground turkey, egg, milk, bread crumbs, salt and pepper in a bowl.
2. Pack some in the bottom of a 9x5x3 inch (22x12x7 cm) loaf pan to make 1/2 inch (12 mm) layer. Then press same thickness of meat to form walls up from layer about 2 inches high.

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3. Pack prepared stuffing into cavity. Pinch off any meat from walls that extends above stuffing. Add to remaining meat mixture.

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4. On waxed paper, press out remaking meat mixture to the size of the pan, covering from edge to edge of pan. Invert over loaf. Centre, then slowly peel off paper.

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5. Tuck meat all around so it joins walls of meat on side. Bake uncovered at 350F (180C) oven for about 1 hour. Slice to serve.

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Chicken Parmesan

This recipe is adapted from The New Best Recipe Cookbook by Cook’s Illustrated.  I use my own marinara sauce (you can find various marinara recipes on this blog) and I also melt mozzarella cheese on top. The recipe I have included is for the breaded chicken cutlets used. I always serve my Chicken Parmesan with egg noodles.  Super easy and very filling!



Breaded Chicken Cutlets
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, fat trimmed
1 1/2 cups bread crumbs 
3/4 cup unbleached flour
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon plus 3 /4 cup olive oil

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1.  Use a meat pounder, rubber mallet, or rolling pin to pound the chicken breasts to an even 1/2-inch thickness.
2. Sprinkle the cutlets with salt and pepper.
3. Set a large heatproof plate on the rack in the oven, and heat the oven to 200 degrees. Place the bread crumbs in a shallow dish or pis plate.  Spread the flour in a second shallow dish.  Beat the eggs with the 1 tablespoon olive oil in a third shallow dish.  Place a wire rack over a baking sheet.
4. Working with one at a time, dredge the cutlets thoroughly in the flour, shaking off the excess.  Using tongs, dip both sides of the cutlets in the egg mixture, taking care to coat them thoroughly and allowing the excess to drip back into the dish to ensure a very thin coating.  Dip both sides of the cutlets in the bread crumbs, pressing the crumbs with your fingers to form an even, cohesive coat.  Place the breaded cutlets in a single layer on the wire rack and allow the coating to dry for about 5 minutes.
5. Meanwhile, heat 6 tablespoons of the remaining oil in a heavy-bottomed 10 inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering but not smoking, about 2 minutes.  Lay the two cutlets gently in the skillet and cook until deep golden brown and crisp on the first side, gently pressing down on the cutlets with a wide metal spatula to help ensure even browning, about 2 1/2 minutes. Using tongs, turn the cutlets, reduce the heat to medium, and continue to cook until the meat feels firm when pressed gently and the second side is a deep golden brown and crisp, 2 1/2 to 3 minutes.  Line the warmed plate with a double layer of paper towels and set the cutlets on top; return the plate to the oven.
6. Discard the oil in the skillet and wipe the skillet clean using tongs and a large wad of paper towels.  Repeat Step 5, using the remaining 6 tablespoons oil and the now-clean skillet to cook the remaining cutlets. 

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Parmesan Breaded Chicken Cutlets
Follow the recipe for Breaded Chicken cutlets, replacing 1/4 cup of the bread crumbs with 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese