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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Frankie's turkey meatballs with herbs

We had a wonderful family and friends lunch yesterday, with a 7 month old baby (Noah) and a 3 year old (Frankie) in attendance as well.  Baby Noah is a hefty armload, but everyone loves a baby, so he got passed around in between spoonfuls of applesauce and soup.  And Frankie?  Knowing he was coming I made him his favorite meatball recipe, but streamlined it  after I looked at a clock and realized I was running late. 

A simple homemade lunch, but perfect for this chilly November day - homemade bread, butternut soup, gingerbread cookies, and these turkey meatballs, and , best of all, some time to catch up with my sister and our friend Dee (who washed ALL the dishes - thank you, Dee!)

Turkey Meatballs

I think this made about 24 smallish meatballs, but I forgot to count them before we started eating them.

  • 1 package ground turkey (mine was 1.3 lbs)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large piece soft bread, torn into small pieces
  • 1 t. thyme
  • half a red onion, finely chopped (optional)
  • kosher salt and fresh pepper
  • 3 scallions (green onions) thinly sliced
  • about 2 T. Italian parsley and fresh dill, chopped
  • 2 cups packaged organic greens, loosely packed and briefly whizzed in a food processor until finely chopped.  I used an organic spinach and beet green mixture.

Wash your hands.
Place turkey and egg in a large bowl and mix with a spoon, then add the bread, the minced greens and herbs, the sliced scallions, the onion if using, the thyme, salt and pepper.  Use your hands to toss the mixture well.  

Form into small meatballs and cook in a skillet coated with a few tablespoons of olive oil.  Cook the meatballs, covered, for about 10 minutes , then shake the pan or turn meatballs with a spoon and cook another 10 minutes on medium heat, half covered.  Cut into a meatball to make sure the inside isn't pink before serving, serve with a side of salsa.


La Table De Nana said...

Frankie and his curls.. so so beautiful..Oh dip or not to dip those meatballs and bread? To Dip for sure for me..

Have to go look at Frankie again:)
Arent't children the most beautiful thing in the world..he's weraing Paris stripes and a beautiful necklace..
Il a de beaux yeux aussi!

katrina said...

Yes, Nana! Children are most beautiful to behold, and I'm especially entranced with the wee ones and babies. I could look all day at babies, and did, with my two:) Frankie's moms certainly know style, and the two boys have the most wonderful outfits. Delighted you appreciate!

Barb said...

The turkey meatballs looks delicious, but adorable Frankie is truly the real sweetheart here. What a charmer he must be!?

Indeed, you are a very lucky lady!

katrina said...

Thanks, Barb! Frankie is one of those boys who is simply himself, all the time. He gets intensely into his drawing, and is a master at puzzles far above his age level. But that smile when he suddenly looks up at you? Melting.