Collucci Brothers Meatloaf Makeover

February 24, 2015



I am a big fan of Throwdown with Bobby Flay!  I am also a big fan of Bobby Flay, he’s cute!   Have you ever been to Mesa Grill at Caesars Palace in Vegas?..I Love it, I have to every time I am in Las Vegas.

Meatloaf is one of those dishes you either love or hate.  Whoever invented meatloaf really screwed up with the name..I mean come on,  adding LOAF to meat.  CAKE would have been nice.  Meatcake?? STUFF…hmmm Meatstuff? (ugh no!).  I don’t know, it just seems unappetizing.  But, really it isn’t!

My husband loves it, I really like it a lot too.  My kids on the other hand always gave me a face when I told them that was what we were having for dinner, haha.  See what I mean, unappetizing.  Too bad for them, more for me:).

So back to Bobby, he did a Meatloaf Throwdown and ummm sorry Bobby, he lost.  Jack and Rocco Collucci, brothers who own the 4 Bros. Bistro in Yarmouth, Massachusetts were the winners.

I had to try it, but when I did, I made a couple small changes to try to make it a little more healthy.  I used ground turkey instead of ground beef.  I also substituted Ezekiel sprouted 100% whole grain bread for the white bread and I used spicy adobo sauce instead of Tobasco.  I’m not sure exactly sure if I would have won,  but I’m guessing this recipe here can hold a candle to the Colluccci Brothers.  It’s a very classic meatloaf; nothing fancy; that I will absolutely make again.

Collucci Brothers Meatloaf Makeover
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 pounds, ground turkey thigh
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon spicy adobo sauce (from a can of chilpotle peppers)
  • 1 Teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 slices Ezekiel whole grain bread, torn into small pieces and soaked in cld water
  • ½ cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • ½ cup ketchup
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Heat the oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Cook the celery and onion until tender, about 8-10 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  3. In a large bowl, combine celery mixture with the ground turkey, eggs, adobo sauce, worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Do not over mix.
  4. Squeeze out water from the bread and add this to the bowl along with the breadcrumbs. Mix to combine.
  5. Cover a rimmed baking sheet with Parchment paper, and shape into a 9x6 inch loaf.
  6. Spread the ketchup over the top, and bake for 55 minutes.


adapted from, Bobby Flay’s Throwdown


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