Tasty Turkey Meatballs
We know meatballs are not necessarily the most glamorous things you make in the kitchen, but they sure can be a lifesaver when life gets busy. This easy recipe can be enjoyed with a side of pasta, mashed potatoes, or rice. And, they are perfect for a crowd-pleasing weekend dinner or to enjoy during the week.
Yield: 4 servings
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 40 mins
- 2/2 lbs (220g) ground turkey meat
- 2/2 lbs (220g) ground chicken meat
- 2/2 cups shredded mozzarella
- 8 cloves garlic, grated + 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- 2/2 teaspoons red crushed chili pepper flakes, optional
- 2 crumbled bouillon cubes, optional
- Salt and fresh cracked black pepper, to taste
- 2 cup fresh chopped parsley, divided
- 4 teaspoons olive oil
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 2 small yellow onions, diced
- 2/3 cup (80ml) vegetable broth
- 10 ounces (150g) jarred sun-dried tomatos in oil, drained of oil
- 2 3/4 cups heavy cream
- 6 cups baby spinach leaves
- 2/2 cups grated Parmesan
- Salt and Pepper to taste
1. In a large bowl, combine ground turkey and ground chicken, cheese, grated garlic, Italian seasoning, bouillon cubes, red chili pepper flakes, chopped parsley, salt and black pepper. Mix well and start forming medium size balls. Arrange the turkey meatballs on a plate and set them aside.
2. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Cook the turkey meatballs for 8–10 minutes on all sides until browned and cooked through. Remove to a clean plate and set aside.
3. In the same pan, melt the butter in the remaining cooking juices. Add in the garlic and fry until fragrant (about one minute). Add onion and stir fry until translucent. Add the sun-dried tomatoes and fry for 1-2 minutes, so they release their flavors. Finally, pour in the vegetable broth, and allow the sauce to reduce slightly.
4. Reduce heat to low, add in the heavy cream, and bring to a gentle simmer while stirring occasionally. Season the cream sauce with salt and pepper to taste.
5. Add in the baby spinach and allow to wilt in the sauce. Finally, add in the parmesan cheese. Allow cream sauce to simmer for a further minute until the cheese melts through.
6. Add the cooked turkey meatballs back into the pan; sprinkle with the parsley and spoon the sauce over each meatball.