Layered Turkey Meatloaf

Layered Turkey Meatloaf

This is a good way to use up leftover mashed potatoes (if you’re lucky enough to have any) from your Thanksgiving feast. Baked in a springform pan, this Layered Turkey Meatloaf is a real showstopper. 


Layered Turkey Meatloaf baked in a spring form pan.
I’ve seen a lot of savory dishes lately that are baked in springform pans. Mostly they’ve been Italian inspired dishes like lasagna and things like that. What I love about this method of cooking and preparation is the bang you get with your presentation.
The Sunday staple of meatloaf and mashed potatoes have just been elevated to fancy company fare without any extra effort, and if you’re using leftover mashed potatoes, the prep time on this is incredibly fast and easy and the rest of the work is done by the oven.
Layered Turkey Meatloaf baked in a spring form pan.

Since we’re talking leftovers here, why not think about layering in some cranberry sauce, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and some gravy to top it all off? Sounds good, right? You bet! Just be aware that your layers cannot exceed the height of the springform pan itself…so make sure your layers aren’t too thick if you’re doing more than three.

Layered Turkey Meatloaf baked ina spring form pan.


The day I made this Layered Turkey Meatloaf I used some leftover Celery Root Mashed Potatoes which was the perfect topper to the moist and meaty turkey loaf. However, whatever type of mashed potatoes you happen to have (even mashed sweet potatoes) will work with this technique. Just remember to have fun and layer in your favorite ingredients.

Here’s how I made mine. The recipe follows; Mix the meatloaf ingredients together in a large bowl. Press the mixture firmly into a springform pan and bake the loaf on a baking sheet in a preheated oven for 1 hour.


Once the meatloaf is partially baked, top with the kale and mashed potatoes.



Bake until the meatloaf is cooked through and the mashed potatoes are hot. Top with cheese and chives. Allow the loaf to cool about 20 minutes and then remove the sleeve from the springform pan. Slice and serve.



Layered Turkey Meatloaf baked in a spring form pan.


Servings: 10-12       Prep Time: 15 minutes      Bake Time: 1 hour 45 minutes2 pounds ground turkey
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 can (15 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
1 small red onion, grated
1 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon rubbed sage
1 bag (16 ounces) frozen chopped kale, thawed and squeezed dry
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
3 cups prepared mashed potatoes
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
3 tablespoons chopped chives-Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
-In a large bowl, combine the first 8 ingredients. Mix well. Press the meatloaf mixture into the bottom of a prepared springform pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
-Place the springform pan onto a baking sheet and bake the meatloaf in a preheated oven for 1 hour.
-Remove the meatloaf from the oven and top evenly with the kale and the mashed potatoes.
-Increase the oven temperature to 425 and continue baking for an additional 40 – 45 minutes.
-Top the mashed potatoes with the cheese and bake until the cheese melts. Top with chopped chives.
-Remove from the oven and allow the meatloaf to sit for at least 20 minutes. Release the springform sides from the meatloaf and carefully place the loaf on a serving platter.
*Note – to prevent sliding of the pan bottom on the serving platter, fold a few wet paper towels on the plate before adding the meatloaf. The towels will help anchor the springform pan bottom to the serving platter.
-Slice the meatloaf into wedges and serve.

Layered Turkey Meatloaf baked in a spring form pan.


Layered Turkey Meatloaf baked in a spring form pan.

I’ve decided to coordinate this layered turkey meatloaf along with my painted book lovers wine glasses. I just think the colors coordinate nicely and would make for a stunning presentation on any dinner table.

Book Lovers painted wine glasses / Kudos Kitchen by Renee


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Until we eat again,



  1. What a great way to use up leftover turkey and taters! Happy Thanksgiving to y'all!

  2. Stellar idea!! I love making savory dishes in spring forms, it's so easy and you're totally right — the presentation is beautiful! Using leftovers is genius. I can't think of a better way to utilize them. Bookmarking this recipe, Renee!

  3. Souffle Bombay

    THIS…this is SO fun! Love it! (and wanna eat it!!)

  4. This looks so good!

  5. I love that this looks like a cake! So creative and cute!

  6. I LOVE this recipe…so clever – and it looks delicious!! (I'm totally making this recipe this weekend with leftovers!)

  7. Back for Seconds

    Holy cow! What an awesome idea!

  8. This is kind of genius! I hate leftovers but using them in something like this sounds great. 🙂

  9. I love this! It's like a mashup of a meatloaf and a shepard's pie!

  10. Ashley Presciutti

    I love the way your mind works. This is a brilliant idea for meatloaf!

  11. This is so beautiful! And creative. Dare I say it… Kudos, Renee! 🙂

  12. I love this – I've only used my springform for cakes, but now I can make a dinner dish in it too!!

  13. Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez

    This is an awesome idea, Renee! It is such a show-stopper, you're right. I want to make this for the fam very soon! 🙂

  14. This is such a cool recipe. And such an awesome use for leftovers. Love those glasses you made too. Too cute for words.

  15. This is a great way to bake and serve up your leftovers! Wishing you and your family and wonderful Thanksgiving Renee.

  16. I love meatloaf, but I never thought I would see one that I could apply the term elegant to. This one qualifies. Wow, well done!

  17. Oh wow, how fun is this?! I never thought of layering meatloaf. It's like all the meals in one. I love this!

  18. This is such a great idea! I love turkey and mashed potatoes together!

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