While browsing my Google Reader a few weeks back I came across a recipe featuring Italian meatballs. I knew that I had another use for that ground turkey taking over my freezer! Only one more package to go, thank goodness! I spotted the recipe here and saw that it was from Joy of Cooking and I instantly remembered that my fabulous sister-in-law gave me that cookbook for Christmas!
These meatballs were wonderful! The might even rival this Martha Stewart recipe! Who knows, I might even become a meatball connoisseur!! I wasn’t feeling particularly adventurous so I just used a jarred sauce to go with the meatballs.
I served the meatballs with Spaghetti Squash which is becoming another one of my favorite fall and winter squashes. I love how easy it is and it is just plays with your brain and your mouth. It looks like spaghetti and yet it tastes a bit nutty but still has a consistency similar to actual spaghetti. I strongly suggest you give it a try! My only suggestion is to not cook it too long. I did that once and it came out mushy! Actually it was done, but I left in the oven after I turned it off so it would stay warm. Darn those late dinner guests!! Enjoy!
source: Martha Stewart
To prepare the spaghetti squash, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut squash in half and scoop out seeds. Drizzle cut sides of squashes with oil; season with salt and pepper. Place cut sides up on a baking sheet. Bake until soft to the touch, 1 to 1 1/4 hours. I’ve baked mine cut side down and they turned out fine.
source: Joy of Cooking (found on recipezaar.com)
- 1 lb ground beef (I used ground turkey)
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 cup chopped parsley
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh breadcrumb
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 3 tablespoons dry red wine (optional)
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Mix all ingredients up to the dried oregano with your hands.
- Scoop out mixture in heaping tablespoons and form into 2-inch balls.
- Dredge the meatballs in the flour.
- Heat in a large skillet over medium heat the 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
- Brown the meatballs in batches.
- Place in baking pan and cook in a preheated 375 degree oven for 10 minutes.
- Or, if desired finish cooking in the sauce of your choice.