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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

turkey meatballs dijonnaise

How was your Thanksgiving?  I was invited to my daughter and family celebration on Friday - oh my, what a groaning table!

I came early to make the pumpkin roll (which I forgot to take a picture of), while Izzie (above) made a giant apple pie and my daughter tended Mr. Turkey - oh, the aromas in the kitchen were making our stomachs rumble.  And when we sat down, it was all just perfect.  What a great dinner - but I forgot to bring home leftovers!  I picked up some ground turkey yesterday and was mulling over what kind of meatball I would make, and wanted a creamy sauce.  Well, how about a dijonnaise sauce?  I found a recipe in one of the Silver Palate books and it was all that I wanted on this cold, rainy day - creamy, mustardy, not too spicy - just right.

It would be nice with some buttered noodles, if you're making it for a family dinner, and a green salad or roasted brussels sprouts, but a small plate of meatballs was just perfect for me.

Turkey meatballs dijonnaise

1 one pound package ground turkey (I always get Jennie-O)
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/3 cup prepared dijon mustard (or you can use coarse-ground)
several grindings of black pepper
a few tablespoons dry vermouth or dry white wine
pinch of thyme
1/2 cup (or more) heavy cream
tiny pinch of salt after tasting the cooked meatballs (the mustard has a lot of salt in it)

Roll the ground turkey into medium meatballs.
Melt the butter in a skillet set on medium heat.
Add the mustard, pepper,thyme, and vermouth and heavy cream and whisk, then add the meatballs.  
Cook on medium-low heat, watching the meatballs carefully, and turning them with a spoon as they cook.
Remove meatballs to a serving dish, scraping the sauce over them, or, if the sauce has soaked into the meatballs, just add another 1/3 cup heavy cream to the skillet and heat.
Drizzle the hot sauce over the meatballs and sprinkle with minced parsley.

I pass this enormous tree on the sidewalk everyday - now that the snow has melted, this little bouquet of green leaves nestled in the roots of the tree is a happy sight -   


La Table De Nana said...

Izzie is adra le!
And anything Dijon aide works for me,,!

katrina said...

I don't know what adra le means, but guessing it's along the lines of adorable! All long legs and a shy smile:)

And I have been known to eat a half teaspoon of straight dijon mustard as I search through the fridge for a little something !

Oh, how I loved your Florida pictures! And now, on to a whole month of Christmasy.

Nicole said...

I also love Dijon mustard and can eat it by the spoonful as well! These simple meatballs sound fantastic! Our Thanksgiving could have been better—my husband had to stay home sick in bed and the baby wouldn't nap at my Aunt's house then had a full-blown meltdown during dinner so I didn't actually get to sit down at the table. But the experience produced a good story to tell my daughter at future Thanksgivings, so not all was lost! :-)

katrina said...

Oh, poo, Nicole! Believe me, I remember all kinds of disasters while visiting family with my two babies! Throw in grandparents who think you're fussing too much with them (and not paying enough attention to the grown ups) and it's stressful all around. Delighted you like the recipe - and thanks!