Turkey Meatloaf & ActiFry Roast Potatoes

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I’d been toying with the idea of a meatloaf recently (although hubby insists it was his idea) so as shops are awash with sausage meat, bacon and turkey right now I decided to make an all in one Christmas style meatloaf – there’s even sage and onion stuffing and cranberry sauce in it! Every year we dither over whether to change the menu to beef for a change on Christmas day but when push comes to shove none of us can bear the thought of missing out on our pigs in blankets or stuffing balls! So if you love a turkey dinner with all the trimmings then this Turkey Meatloaf is for you! Indeed my husband was so over the moon with it that he declared that it could be “award winning” and that you could even have it on Christmas day! The kids loved it too and it was the first meal my son had after a trip to the Cologne Christmas markets where he said the meals in the youth hostel he stayed in were abysmal!

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Strips of streaky bacon are put over the cranberry sauce glazed meatloaf.

The best thing is that not only is this Turkey Meatloaf utterly delicious but it’s really quick and easy to make – you don’t even have to chop an onion as I used onion granules instead as I didn’t want the meatloaf to end up too wet. To make life even easier I roasted the potatoes in our new ActiFry.

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This meatloaf serves between 4 – 6 people and if you have any leftover it’s totally delicious and makes great sandwiches! I think if you were wanting a really frugal Christmas Day dinner without any compromise on taste then my Turkey Meatloaf would be perfect! I did toy with the idea of calling it a Christmas Turkey Meatloaf but we will be enjoying this all year round now so I didn’t want to pigeon hole it as just a Christmas dish! Sunday lunches will see a lot of Turkey Meatloaves in the future!


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A complete Christmas dinner in a meatloaf - food enough for Christmas day or as an alternative to your Sunday roast - yes it's that good!
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: British
Serves: 4 - 6
  • 500g Turkey mince (thigh meat)
  • 400g Pork sausage meat (good quality)
  • 1 Large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tbsp Cranberry sauce + extra 2 tbsp for top
  • 3 tbsp Breadcrumbs, fresh (I keep a supply in freezer)
  • 1 ½ tbsp. Sage & onion stuffing mix (dry)
  • ¼ tsp Salt flakes
  • ¼ tsp Pepper
  • ½ tsp Onion granules
  • 6 Slices Dry cured smoked streaky bacon
  1. Preheat oven to 175⁰C.
  2. Place all the ingredients except the bacon and extra cranberry sauce into a bowl and mix well with your hand.
  3. Put in a loaf tin, mine was 22cm x 11 ½cm (no need to grease).
  4. Spread the extra cranberry sauce across the top and then lay the streaky bacon strips across the top, overlapping.
  5. Place in the oven and bake for 70 minutes or until a meat thermometer registers 71⁰C.
  6. Allow meatloaf to rest for 10 minutes in tin.
  7. Pour away the juices and place on a serving dish
  8. To serve remove the bacon and slice meatloaf, serving with a slice of bacon.
  9. Serve with gravy, roast potatoes and vegetables for a roast dinner experience.

Actifry Roast Potatoes

About 1 Kg Maris Piper or King Edward potatoes

1 spoon Rapeseed oil


Peel the potatoes and cut into 5cm pieces.

Put in a large salad spinner and cover in cold water to wash away the starch.

Drain off the water and spin the potatoes until dry.

Use a piece of kitchen towel to pat extra dry.

Place potatoes into the ActiFry and drizzle a spoon of rapeseed oil evenly.

Set the timer for 45 minutes to start cooking.

Once ready serve immediately.

Serves 4.

ActiFry Roast Potatoes, quick, easy, oil,low fat, rapeseed oil

Low fat roast potatoes made in the ActiFry!

If I’ve put you in the mood for meatloaf then you might like to check out these recipes too!

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf with Stout and Honey Glaze from Kavey Eats

Spinach and Mozzarella Stuffed Meatloaf from Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary

No-meat Meatloaf from A Mummy Too

And if you don’t have an ActiFry but want to make some delicious oven roasted potatoes check out my Crispy Coated Roast Potatoes post!

As this meatloaf is a frugal version of a Christmas dinner I am entering it into Credit Crunch Munch which I run along with Helen at  Fuss Free Flavours who is hosting until January. I’m also entering the No Waste Food Challenge run by Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary as you could make this meatloaf with leftover Christmas meat, stuffing and cranberry sauce! Finally I’m entering Festive Food Friday run by Taming Twins!

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  1. wendy malone

    turkey mince i have some in the fridge, i had better get my piinny on.x

  2. Lisa Williams

    This is great loving the idea of using cranberry on top instead of ketchup and nice to see a healthier recipe were you don’t have to give up taste for the health benefits if that makes sens 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Lisa, I love this meatloaf as it is just like a Christmas dinner all rolled into one:-)

  3. Jane Davies

    This looks lovely, and an added bonus, it’s healthier than cooking them in fat 😀

  4. Lauren

    Excellent – was just looking for an actifry roast potato recipe but want to make the meatloaf too now! More Actifry recipes please – trying to get beyond chips too!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks:-) I’ll see what I can do!

  5. Elizabeth

    I have so much turkey left over in my freezer from Christmas time, I’m going to have to give this a go! Lovely recipe – thank you for sharing with the #nowastefoodchallenge 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Elizabeth although you will need raw turkey mince for this recipe, cooked wouldn’t be any good.

  6. Maya Russell

    That’s a lovely, wholesome roast dinner. The potatoes look fab. I’d like an Actifry.

    1. Camilla

      Can’t speak highly enough of the Actifry and really need to go beyond potatoes and chips now!:-)

  7. adam

    Oh my gosh I adore meatloaf, this recipe looks so moist, looking at your recipe I think I’ve been cooking far too hot and not resting it afterwards

    1. Camilla

      It was actually better than our Christmas roast dinner LOL;-)

  8. Emily

    Very nifty meatloaf idea and those potatoes look perfect! Thanks for the mention of my no-meat meatloaf 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Emily – pleasure:-)

  9. Maddy

    The more I see about these Actifrys, he more I want one!

    1. Camilla

      I don’t blame you:-)

  10. ema

    I love meatloaf and this looks so good – cranberry and turkey are a perfect match. Will definitely be trying this soon. And those potatoes look amazing!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, it’s going on my regular make list:-)

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  12. Ursula Hunt

    does the actifry use as little oil as it states, is it worth the investment?

    1. Camilla

      Ursula I am using the ActiFry more and more and it’s the most used electrical gadget in my kitchen – there are still so many potential uses I have yet to explore but I would thoroughly recommend it! It comes with a measuring spoon Which is probably 15-20mls and that is all you use! Am about to roast some more potatoes in it for our dinner tonight;-)

  13. Sarah (@tamingtwins)

    I adore meatloaf and this looks fantastic. What a great way to keep the turkey moist by mixing with pork. Thanks so much for sharing on #festivefoodfriday.

    1. Camilla

      Thank Sarah:-)

  14. Tim Bain

    Hungry right now, might have a go and make a snack 🙂

  15. Susan Joyce Rogers

    This sounds lovely and is quick to make

  16. norma robertson

    wow sounds tasty


    Just reading this recipe is making me feel hungry

  18. KookieG62

    This looks lovely. I do like meat loaf. I will have to give this a go.

  19. Ursula Hunt

    This has to be our sunday before christmas dish,just to get us in the mood

    1. Camilla

      A good choice Ursula:-)

  20. Paul Wilson

    Would minced leftover turkey work in this dish? It’s just that I’ve got this feeling that I might have some soon.

    1. Camilla

      No, you wouldn’t want to mix raw and cooked meat together and it would be very dry. I have a nice Sumptuos Turkey pie etc for leftover Turkey:-)

      1. Paul Wilson

        Yes, good point.

        1. Paul Wilson

          What if you were to use leftover turkey with leftover sausagemeat stuffing?

          1. Camilla

            No Paul, it’s a bit like saying can you make a loaf of bread out of an old loaf of bread. It all has to be raw I’m afraid:-) Put the leftover turkey in a pie or a stir fry like Easy Pork Fried Rice.

          2. Paul Wilson

            lol ok, raw it is.

          3. Camilla


  21. Fuss Free Helen

    I have not made a meatloaf for ages. Lovely flavours in this one!

    Those potatoes look amazing too!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Helen, it’s lovely when something you dream up tastes as good as you hope it will:-) Yes to save space in the oven this Christmas I’m going to use the ActiFry which is getting so much use:-)

  22. Kavey

    I really need to make meat loaf more often! Thanks for sharing mine!

    1. Camilla

      A pleasure Kavey:-)

  23. Ursula Hunt

    This looks delicious, definitely one for the recipe book

    1. Camilla

      It’s so good Ursula:-)

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