This Italian Turkey Meatloaf with Parmesan Rosemary Smashed Potatoes is the perfect way to turn that traditional ho-hum meatloaf dinner into something special! Marinara sauce and parmesan cheese not only make the meatloaf extra flavorful, but give it lots of moisture as well!
With the Super Bowl over it’s time to move on to Valentine’s Day. How many of you are really into the day of love? I enjoy it to a point, but it always feels so commercialized and forced. You have to buy a pink card with a heart on it, a box of chocolate and a dozen roses. What’s the excitement in that if it’s the same thing every year and something you feel that your husband, wife or significant other only did because they felt obligated to do it? I would much rather spend the day doing something with my husband that we both enjoy or have a nice dinner together rather than eat a bunch of chocolates that I’ll regret eating later. One of my favorite things to do for my husband on a special occasion should come as no surprise to you, I love to cook or bake him on of his favorite meals.
Last week I made this Italian Turkey Meatloaf with Parmesan Rosemary Smashed Potatoes and much to my surprise he loved it! He typically enjoys the food I make, unless it has a lot of vegetables or involves quinoa. However, when he asks for leftovers the next day I know he really liked it. Sure enough the next day for lunch he was asking if there was any meatloaf leftover!
Now meatloaf might not be the most romantic meal, but when you fancy it up and fill it with Italian flavors it suddenly becomes Valentine’s Day acceptable. The meatloaf is easy to make and pretty healthy because it uses lean ground turkey, which of course means extra calories for a special dessert! Turkey meatloaf gets a reputation for being dry and flavorless, but that’s the complete opposite of this Italian Turkey Meatloaf. Marinara sauce is added into the mixture along with parmesan cheese giving it tons of flavor and moisture.
Alongside this juicy meatloaf are the Parmesan Rosemary Smashed Potatoes. This was my first time making smashed potatoes and it won’t be my last! They are so easy! Just boil them until tender, smash them flat with a potato masher and top with a little olive oil, salt, pepper, parmesan cheese and fresh chopped rosemary. The potatoes are then baked in a super hot oven so they get nice and crispy. They were the perfect side dish for the fancy meatloaf! Do something unexpected and thoughtful for your Valentine this year and most importantly spend the day together just enjoying each other’s company.