This meatloaf is an ANNA original–The flavours of fall and Thanksgiving are all featured in this fantastic updated version of a family dinner classic.
Recipe Beth Jacob. Food Styling Kari Wardrop. Photography Jerry Grajewski.

Recipe Beth Jacob. Food Styling Kari Wardrop. Photography Jerry Grajewski.

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  • 8Servings



  • 1/2 cup wild rice, soaked in 2 cups of water overnight, drained, rinsed
  • 2 yellow onions, chopped
  • 1/2 butternut squash, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 cup white breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup dried cranberries


  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 5 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


For glaze, in small pot over medium-high heat, combine all ingredients. Cook until reduced in volume by half; set aside.

In large sauté pan over medium-low heat, cook onion and butternut squash in olive oil for 8-10 minutes or until onions are translucent. Add sage, thyme, salt and pepper; set aside to cool.

Preheat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, combine turkey with wild rice, cooled squash and onions, breadcrumbs, eggs, ketchup, applesauce and cranberries. Mix well. Place in large loaf pan and cover with 1/2 cup glaze. Place loaf pan on baking sheet and bake for 1 1/2 hours, topping with another 1/2 cup glaze halfway through cooking time and rotating pan for even browning. Cook to internal temperature of 165°F. Remove from oven and let rest 15 minutes. Serve with leftover glaze.