Recipes for Broke People: Turkey Cranberry Loaves

Submitted by Betsy Muse on Sun, 04/14/2013 – 08:38

This recipe for little cranberry loaves has been a family favorite for years. My brothers and I loved it when we were kids and both of my daughters love it.My mother made the loaves with ground beef while I use ground turkey to save on fat content. Preparation takes a little bit of planning since one ingredient is cooked rice. You can cook the rice in advance to make it easier to to throw it all together after a busy day.

Most of the ingredients can be found in the average pantry or refrigerator, so for the cost of one pound of ground turkey and a can of whole cranberry sauce, you can serve a delicious and filling meal. The recipe yields five mini loaves or you can make four slightly larger loaves to satisfy bigger appetites.

Little Turkey Cranberry Loaves


  • 1 egg (slightly beaten)
  • 1 cup rice (cooked)
  • 1⁄2 cup tomato juice (I’ve used watered down ketchup)
  • 1⁄4 cup onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon Kitchen Bouquet (Or your favorite seasoning salt)
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound ground turkey (or ground beef)
  • 1 can whole cranberry sauce (16 oz can)
  • 1⁄3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  1. Combine first 6 ingredients.
  2. Add turkey or beef to the mix and blend well.
  3. Shape into 5 loaves making a slight indention in the center and place into shallow baking pan. (I use a roasting pan for beef to allow fat to drain.)
  4. Combine remaining ingredients and spoon over the loaves.
  5. Bake at 350˚ for 35-40 minutes.