The easiest to prepare of the trinity is turkey meatballs. I make a huge batch, cook up a few for dinner that night, and then freeze individual meatballs for an easy last minute dinner another time (exactly like I do with my Lebanese Kofte Meatballs with Tomato Sauce). The meatballs are pretty straightforward with lots of garlic, onions and parsley, and perfectly balanced. After a wild Autumn day of work, playground, errands and housekeeping, it's simply wonderful to settle down with a plate of spaghetti and meatballs, a glass of Chianti and baby girl by my side asking for "mah cheese peese?"
Perfect Turkey Meatballs
(You'll thank me on those nights when you don't feel like going out or spending an hour in the kitchen. Plus, if you have children, they're guaranteed to eat it up. Enjoy!)
What You'll Need:
3 medium onions chopped
3-4 large garlic cloves minced
10 sprigs of thyme
2 1/2 pounds ground turkey (equal parts white and dark meat)
1 1/2 cups bread crumbs (Whole Wheat if you can find them)
1 teaspoon salt
3 medium eggs (or 2 large ones. Add another if it isn't binding properly)
1 cup parsley chopped
Set a frying pan over a medium heat, add a splash of olive oil. When the oil shimmers, add the onions and thyme and, after a minute, the garlic. Cook until the onions start to brown and caramelize. Remove from the heat and let cool.
In a mixing bowl, add all of the ingredients, including the onion mixture, mix well with a wooden spoon or your hands.
To cook, set a frying pan over a medium heat and add a splash of olive oil. Form two inch and a half meatballs per person and place them in the pan. Brown the meatballs on all sides and then simmer them covered in tomato sauce until cooked all the way through. Another 15-20 minutes.
To freeze, you can do this a number of different ways, but I lay out a sheet of Press'n Seal wrap (not a plug, I just like it), then I form the meatballs and lay them down about an inch apart on the wrap. See Lebanese Kofte Meatballs with Tomato Sauce for a pic of my method.Approximate Dinner Cost
• Groceries - $18.00
• Leftovers – Expect 18 servings at a $1 per serving.