Meatballs. I woke up at 8 a.m. on Sunday with a crazy craving for them. After momentarily considering if I was pregnant (nonsense), I started looking up recipes. I was rewarded by the fact that they are easy and inexpensive to make and reheat well for lunches. Save Money Get Skinny is back in 2012!
I combined elements of a few different recipes to make it as easy as possible and it turned out well, so I’m sharing it so you can have a Mambo Italiano night like I did with my friend and neighbor Graham over a bottle of red and Etta James on Pandora (great station, RIP Etta). See the bottom of the post for my turkey concoction.
While writing this post, I actually finished the Millenium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson which has me really wanting Swedish meatballs from IKEA, but for now (since Lord knows I’m not hauling my ass out to Red Hook or Jersey) I’m just going to get inventive with my leftovers. My friend Sophie, who was born a hostess, has some great ideas of how to use meatball leftovers so they don’t get boring. She suggests using them in a sub, topping off an arugula salad with them or alongside spaghetti (great for one person) or roasted seasonal veggies (I’ll suggest Brussels sprouts since even Klout tells me I talk about them a lot). Buon Appetito, friends!
Browning the balls. Doesn’t sound as good it smelled.
Hey mambo, mambo italiano!
Easy Turkey Meatballs
2 lbs ground turkey (or another ground meat of your choice like beef)
1 cup of bread crumbs + 1/3 cup of water
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 large shallots, diced
4-5 cloves of garlic, diced
2 jars of tomato sauce
Black Pepper (*feel free to improvise with spice line up [insert creativity here]. Maybe more rosemary next time?)
In a large bowl, mix the bread crumbs and water, then add in meat, eggs and spices (plus any others if you’re feeling creative). Knead it all into a meat dough, making sure the bread crumbs are evenly distributed. Wet your hands so the meat won’t stick and start rolling balls. Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven or large stock pot. Sauté balls until browned then add in tomato sauce (or canned crushed tomatoes if you prefer). Bring to a boil and then set to simmer for about 15 minutes (until fully cooked).