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 -