Friday, January 13, 2012

Dark Days Meal # 6: Turkey Meatloaf with Roasted Potatoes & Turnip and Relishes

The Dark Days Challenge is on! Running until March 31, 2012 over 100 participants will be doing our best to cook and blog about one meal per week featuring SOLE (sustainable, organic, local, ethical) ingredients. Recaps will be hosted by the blog collective Not Dabbling in Normal where you can follow along with all of the other participants. 
turkey meatloaf, beet relish, corn relish, roast
potatoes & turnip, and pickled cranberries!
This week's Dark Days meal combines a summer purchase with root crops from our winter market and relishes we canned ourselves! For dinner last night we had BBQ Turkey Meatloaf with Roasted Potatoes and Turnip, along with some beet relish, corn relish, and pickled cranberries from our 'pantry.'

Back in the summer at the Brookline Farmer's Market I became familiar with Bob's Turkey Farm of Lancaster, MA. Their turkey kielbasa were a favorite of mine on the grill all summer long! They also make turkey salad, turkey pastrami, turkey chili, you get the idea! Before the end of the summer market season I stocked up on some goodies for the freezer: a few packs of turkey sausage, a turkey kielbasa, and the bbq turkey meatloaf we enjoyed last night.
The potatoes and turnip are from Silverbrook Farm in Dartmouth, MA courtesy of the SoWa Winter Market.
The beet relish, corn relish, and pickled cranberries were all canned by Gail and I at some point in the summer or fall using local ingredients. 
The meatloaf cooked up nice and moist and did not dry out. Gail had some, but found the texture a bit odd, and though the top with the sauce was 'too meaty' for her taste. I roasted the potatoes and turnip with rosemary and sage from our garden, with minced garlic (made from farmers market garlic this summer), and Kate's Homemade Butter.
Overall I was happy with dinner as it really hit the spot on a windy and rainy day and there are plenty of leftovers to enjoy. There will definitely be a meatloaf sandwich for lunch in my near future!

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