Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Heat the butter and EVOO in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the thyme
, celery, apples
, and salt and pepper to taste and cook until tender, 7 to 8 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and let cool.
the stuffing cubes in a food processor
until crumbs form, then transfer to a bowl and moisten with the chicken stock to soften.
Cover the cranberries with hot water in a bowl and let soften, then drain
Put the turkey in a large bowl and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add the stuffing crumbs, apple mixture, cranberries, cheese
, poultry seasoning and egg and mix gently to combine.
On a parchment-lined baking sheet, form the turkey
mixture into a loaf that is 10 inches long and 4 inches high. Drizzle
with EVOO and bake until golden and cooked through, 50 to 60 minutes.
Slice the meatloaf
and serve with Cider Gravy and cranberry sauce.
Cook's Notes: Steamed green beans
and mashed sweet potatoes are great alongside this meatloaf. For the sweet potatoes
, boil 1 peeled and cubed potato per person until tender, then mash
with chicken stock, salt, pepper, nutmeg
and maple syrup
The meatloaf can be covered and refrigerated for a make-ahead meal. Reheat in a moderate oven or slice and heat in a pan with chicken stock
. The gravy, without the egg yolk, can be made ahead of time and refrigerated. Reheat over medium heat and add the egg yolk as directed.