an exclusive feature from Grandmother Extraordinaire, Arlene Bronstein*

I never liked turkey meatloaf until I tried this recipe.  It is so easy to prepare and everyone who has tried it really loves it.  Young and old alike agree they want to “gobble it up”!  I love it with mashed potatoes and peas.

Serves 4-6. Preheat oven to 400 degrees


2 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/2 onion chopped (about 1 cup – more to taste)
2 celery stalks chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 pounds ground turkey (the ones with a little fat)
1/3 cup almond flour
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
4 ounces of chopped pancetta (Boars Head has a prepared package)
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 14 ounce bottle of ketchup (I like Heinz)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper


Grease the bottom of a 13×9 glass pan with 1 Tablespoon of olive oil.

Pour the remaining olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat.  Add the onion and celery and saute until softened: about 5 minutes.  Add the chopped garlic and oregano and cook about 1 minute until combined and fragrant.  Remove from heat and let mixture cool slightly.

In a large bowl, beat the two eggs.  Add the ground turkey, almond flour, Parmesan cheese, chopped pancetta, 1/4 cup of ketchup and the cooled vegetables.  Add salt and pepper.   Use your hands to combine the ingredients.  Shape in a long loaf shape down the middle of the prepared pan. (Mine went from end to end).  Cover the top and sides with the remaining ketchup.

Bake until the meatloaf is cooked through, about 50-60 minutes.  Check with a meat thermometer to read 165 degrees.  Let rest 10 minutes.  Slice and serve.


*Arlene Michlin Bronstein is a freelance writer and author of several books including Beautiful Buffets II and Carlos; Contemporary French Cuisine.  She was the Executive Producer of the PBS Special, My Word Is My Bond: Voice From Inside the Chicago Board of Trade, based on her book by the same title.  Her most recent book, How Did Nonnie Get to Heaven? is a children’s book about loss. Currently she is a contributor for The National Business Post. She is fascinated by the life events that make each human being a unique storyteller. Arlene lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with her husband Keith. They have been married for almost 50 years. They have three children and 5 grandchildren.