Sunday, 2 December 2012

Scott's Turkey Meatballs

Hi there,  Scott here!  The Dad of this Happily Hectic Household.  Michelle asked me to share my culinary and technological expertise with you all on a semi-regular basis and I jumped at the chance.  There might even be some musings about my adventures in fatherhood.

I work in sales and marketing in the IT industry and I am really fortunate to get to work from home.  As Michelle and Jack head off to work and our fantastic sitter early in the morning, I get ready for my long commute to work ... across the hall.  Like any employment situation, there are pros and cons to working from home, but the pros list is pretty great.  Since I am able to shave off any commute time to my work day, I am usually able to start early and finish early.  It's great!  And it works really well for us.

I usually finish up around 4:30 or so and after taking Lucy for a walk, I start supper.  I really enjoying cooking, but like everyone else, we get stuck in food ruts that are really hard to find our way out of.

I like to use the weekends to try new recipes.  I figure the more recipes we try, the bigger my culinary repertoire and the easier it is to make a quick supper during the week.  We also like to eat healthy, which is an added challenge.  I know some people will disagree with me, but it is much more difficult to put together healthy meals.  Quick healthy meals are an order of magnitude beyond that.

Raw turkey meatballs
Today I took a stab at "healthy-ing" an old favourite – meatballs.  But we are trying to cut back on red meat so there was my challenge.  I've heard lots about ground turkey but have always been sceptical.  At Superstore yesterday, I decided to be brave and give it a shot.

Next, I needed a recipe.  With the Internet at my finger tips, no problem right? Wrong.  Being a foodie I have a lot of problems with many of the recipes out there (ya, I'm a food snob, I know).  There are some real gems to be discovered but there is a lot of crap too.  Frustrated with what I found for turkey meatballs, I decided to go it on my own.  It wouldn't be the first time I messed up supper and it was McDonald's to the rescue.

This is what I came up with.  In true Newfoundland tradition, when I make up a recipe I don't use measurements ... I just do what looks rights.  Below is an approximate recipe.

Scott's Turkey Meatballs

The sauce.
1 yellow onion, minced
1 tsp minced garlic
3 tbsp ketchup (I actually did 3 squirts)
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
1 egg
2 cups (ish) bread crumbs
1lb of extra lean ground turkey
1 tbsp canola oil
1 bottle Diana's Gourmet Honey Garlic BBQ Sauce


Mince the onion, combine with garlic, ketchup, egg, and pepper.  Add in the turkey and mix by hand.  Add in the bread crumbs gradually – you may need more or less bread crumbs than the recipe calls for.  Mixture should be well bound and be able to hold a spherical shape.  Shape mixture into balls – we prefer mini meatballs.

Heat up a frying pan and add oil.  Add meatballs and cook until they reach an internal temperature of 170ºF.  I'm a cook-by-temperature kind of guy ever since the infamous chicken kabob incident of '09 (don't ask... suffice to say not a happy time and definitely my fault).

Once the meatballs are cooked, remove from frying pan and place in a casserole dish.  Add the sauce and place in oven at 350ºF to warm through (5-10 minutes).

Serve meatballs with rice (we did organic brown rice) and veggie of your choice (we did peas).

The finished product.

All done!

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