Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Easy Weeknight Meals: Turkey Meatballs

Cook at home on Friday night? The recipe better be exceedingly easy but also damn delicious. At least in my world, the temptation to eat out Friday night is huge after a busy week of work.

Last Friday, temptation was resisted here in LaLa Land--we were saved by turkey meatballs. Well, to be honest our savior was Ms. 30 Minute Meals herself, Rachael Ray. I've never actually seen her show, but I've picked up her new mag, Every Day with Rachael Ray and actually like its tone and layout (once I got over the pics of her smiling mug on every other page). I adapted her recipe a bit, cooked up a pot of buttered egg noodles, and we were good to go. Um, good to go spend our saved dinner-out money on drinks instead.

Turkey Meatballs

1 lb. ground turkey (Trader Joe's usually has good stuff)
1/2 onion, diced finely
2 garlic cloves, diced finely
1 egg
1/4 c. milk
1/2 c. bread crumbs
1/4 c. freshly grated parmesan cheese
salt and pepper
1 tsp. pizza-like seasonings (I used my free sample of Penzey's pizza seasoning, a mix of fennel, oregeno, etc)
Olive oil (okay, EVOO if you must)

1) Preheat ove to 400.
2) In a large bowl, mix the turkey, onion, garlic, milk, bread crumbs, cheese, and seasonings. Don't be a wimp; go ahead and use your hands.
3) Once mixed, shape into eight largish meatballs and place on a baking sheet.
4) Drizzle with olive oil, put in the oven, and cook for 25 minutes. While you wait, toast the fact that it's Friday with a big ol' glass of wine.

Erin's Kitchen Recipe Index: Easy Weeknight Meals


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Rorie said...

Sounds good. I love that you're saving your money for cocktails - clever girl!

Anonymous said...

Hi there! I am cooking these for myself as my boys don't tend to like too much done with ground turkey, but I love these meatballs! They are actually equally as good without salt (I have CHF) and great with almost anything you want to eat them with, especially buttered noodles or veggies sauteed in olive oil! Thanks so much for the adapted recipe!

Laurie said...

Great Recipe! I split it up and made 4 turkey and 4 beef meatballs (picky family!) and both sets were delicious, and super easy!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for this fantastic recipe. I was looking for an easy turkey meatballs to make tonight and stumbled upon your website. They were so delicious and my boyfriend is currently passed out from being so full after eating half of them! THanks again!

Anonymous said...

I have made these twice. My family LOVES them. My 3 and 5 year old love to help make them. They are easy and yummy! We use the eggs, garlic clove, bread crumbs, milk and salt & pepper but I didn't have an onion on hand either time- minced onions work great, also used Italian Seasoning. Jennie-O ground turkey is the best- it comes seasoned some. Easy and Fantastic!

Eve said...

Awesome! Just what we needed tonight! Thanks for posting!

Our family tip: we like ground turkey breast SOO much better than the kind with dark meat mixed in.

Whitney said...

These are absolutely delicious! They are so easy, and the ingredients are all things that I almost always have in my pantry. These have become a staple for my husband and I and he gets so excited when I make them. Thanks so much for this recipe!

Josephine Nicole said...

Took some of my leftovers to my mom's house, and she loved them! It's not often I impress my mom with my cooking (too healthy for her), but she loved these. Thanks! Making them again tonight!

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