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Friday, March 8, 2013

Mushroom&Turkey Meatballs

If there's anything I love, it's mushrooms, and I try to find a way to incorporate these little fungi nuggets into as many recipes as I can. I also love red meat, and mushrooms have this magical quality to transform the taste and texture of a poultry dish into something decidedly more "red-meaty". So, I decided to try Turkey Meatballs and add mushrooms! I loosely followed this recipe, and I've noted the changes I made below...
There are many meatballs hidden under that red sauce!
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
  • 1 pound ground turkey meat
  • 1/2 cup dried bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Dash salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 box farfalle pasta (my boyfriend's favorite)

    Cook pasta to al dente and set aside.
    (I was lucky enough to have some homemade pasta sauce on hand, otherwise this recipe includes a homemade sauce recipe, too.)
    Preheat the broiler, and spray a foil-lined baking sheet with cooking spray. Place mushrooms, onions, parmesan cheese, and garlic into food processor and pulse until everything's tiny. In a large bowl, combine the turkey, dried spices, egg, bread crumbs, and salt and pepper. Add the now-minced ingredients from the food processor to the turkey mixture and combine.

    Form into 2 1/2 -inch balls and place on a baking sheet. (I ended up making about 12 meatballs, and forming the rest of the mix into 3 turkey burgers that we froze for later use!) Broil for 10 minutes, or until browned and almost entirely cooked through.
    Heat your pasta sauce in a medium saucepan and add the meatballs, so they may absorb some of the sauce. Combine with your cooked pasta and heat through.
    Sprinkle some parsley and parmesan cheese atop each serving, and enjoy!

    This was such a welcome alternative to red meat, and the bonus turkey burgers that were left over were just as amazing (especially topped with cheddar, lettuce, and tomato). What kind of healthy switch-ups do you like to use instead of red meat?


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