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Nutty Turkey Meatloaf with Cracked Cranberry and Orange Sauce

This recipe originally appeared on the Rachael Ray Show. For more recipes and videos from the show visit


  • 1 large organic orange
  • 1 bag fresh cranberries
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 rib celery with leafy tops, finely chopped
  • 1 small carrot, peeled and grated or finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry or white wine
  • 1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1 1/2 pounds 94% lean ground turkey
  • Salt and pepper
  • About 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 8 to 10 sage leaves sage, very thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons thyme, finely chopped
  • Olive oil, for drizzling
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Peel orange and cut peel into strips. Juice peeled orange into a pot and add orange peel strips, cranberries, 1 cup water and sugar. Bring to a boil, reduce heat a bit and let berries bubble away until they burst and form a sauce. Remove peel and cool to room temperature or chill.

Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat and cook onion, celery and carrot to very tender, 10 minutes. Add sherry or wine and evaporate; cool.     

Toast the nuts together in a small pan and cool.

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Place turkey in a bowl and season with salt, pepper, nutmeg and cloves. Moisten breadcrumbs with milk and squeeze out excess; add to meat along with the egg. Add chopped parsley, sage, thyme and cooled vegetables, and mix to combine. Form a loaf 4 inches wide and 3 inches tall on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake 1 hour in the center of oven. 

Slice meatloaf and serve with cranberry sauce alongside.

Rachael Ray