I feel like every time I post on here, I'm apologizing for how long it's been since the last post... but seriously I do apologize to all of you who have been asking me about it! Life is just nuts; you know how it is.
Yes, turkey meatballs. I know everything on the internet right now involves fried, basted or injected birds and leftover Thanksgiving with sauces etc., but this falls in neither category and is a staple recipe in my little family. I started making these a few years back along with the smoky sauce and am always glad when I can pull a batch of them out of the freezer for an easy meal. This is a pretty flexible recipe, allowing you to use pork or add different levels of smokiness to your sauce as you see fit.
I also feel you guys need to get to know me. I thought you would want some cooking music to go with the recipe. I was digging through some old stuff and found this song, and I want to share with you what my brain sounds like. This is what I listen to when I'm creating these posts, thinking about food, melting crayons together, why clouds insist on looking like something other than just clouds, etc.
Also, here is my dog. She's my kiddo.
Turkey Meatballs with Smoky Tomato Sauce
Makes: 12 to 18 meatballs, 7 cups sauce Takes: 45 mins or so
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 C Italian breadcrumbs (I use leftover rosemary bread or plain and add Oregano)
- 1/3 C grated Parmesan cheese
- 4 medium cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 2 lb 93/7 or fatter ground turkey (anything leaner doesn't hold)
- 1/2 lb sweet Italian turkey sausage (you can use pork if needed), casings removed
- 4 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp smoked paprika (I use smoked salt+paprika) or paprika
- 1 C Smoky Tomato Sauce
- small fresh basil leaves (optional)
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 8 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tsp dried or 2 Tbsp fresh chopped basil
- 2 28-oz cans crushed tomatoes
- 1/3 C tomato paste
- 1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika* or paprika
- 1/2 tsp fine sea salt*
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper