Meat-a-balls

by Britt
(Charlotte, NC)

INGREDIENTS


  • 1 package ground turkey meat
  • 1 cup cubed day old white bread (I just use whatever I have, French, Italian, it doesn’t matter)
  • 1 cup milk (I use skim but you can use whatever you buy)
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper
  • Crushed red pepper flakes

    PREPARATION

  • Heat the oven to 350.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the bread cubes and milk. Let it soak.
  • While it soaking, in a large bowl, combine the meat, onion, garlic, parsley, cheese, egg, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper flakes. Add the milk and bread.

    NOTE:Now everyone has different opinions about salt. I tend to use a decent amount but some people are watching their salt intake. So I didn't write down an amount for the salt. What I suggest is the first time you make this recipe, before you form the balls, heat a small pan and cook a little bit of the meatball mixture. This way you can taste the seasoning to determine how much salt you would like.

  • Form the mixture into balls that are a little bigger than a golf ball.
  • Place the balls into an oven safe dish.
  • Now if you are going the quick route, put them in the microwave for about 3-5 minutes until the meat starts to turn brown.

    Then top them with your favorite tomato sauce (my favorite recipe follows) and finish in the oven for about 10-15 minutes. I don't like using meat thermometers, so I just cut into one to see if its done.

    My husband loves meatball subs so I usually double this recipe and serve some with spaghetti one night and then some as sandwiches.

    To make the sandwiches, toast the buns and then top with the meatballs and grated mozzarella cheese. Place under the broiler for about 2-3 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

    Serve with a salad.

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