Learning As I Chop

Enough Chicken, Let’s Try Some Turkey

Posted in Baking/Cooking by R @ Learning As I Chop on August 20, 2010

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’ve been making way too much chicken lately – chicken stir-fry, chicken marsala, chicken quesadilas. The list goes on… So I was excited to read about Heather’s turkey spinach meatball recipe.  She was kind enough to email me the recipe and let me share it with y’all:

1 lb ground turkey
1 egg
1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs
1/4 cup nonfat milk
1 cup chopped spinach
2 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

Throw everything into a bowl and combine lightly with a fork (this keeps the meat from getting too tough).  Once it’s all combined, take the mixture in about 2 Tbsp increments and roll into balls.  Bake on a baking sheet lined with foil and coated with nonstick spray at 400 for 15-20 minutes, until done all the way through.  Voila!

I started her recipe as planned and then deviated a little way through. Namely by adding some chopped onion (about 1/2 a cup), skipping the onion powder and cooking them via olive oil and a skillet. I also used regular rather than skim-milk. (Personal preference.) Lastly, I worked the mixture with my hands, rather than a fork. There’s something remarkably satisfying about getting down-and-dirty with your food. Here is the mixture and balls all rolled up and and ready to go:

As some of you may have noticed, I try to buy “ethical” whenever possible. This means organic milk, “free-range” chicken and eggs from the greenmarket. But I cannot find a fix for turkey. Besides stopping, any suggestions for ethical turkey brands?

H was skeptical at first (he’s a food traditionalist at heart), but really liked them. Cleaned his plate quite nicely. I don’t have any pictures because they were whisked from pan to plate to table to mouth in a flash. Hunger will do that to you…

This was a great dish! Nice work, Heather! Ladies – definitely a good recipe for a meat-and-potatoes guy who’s looking to eat more healthily. Enjoy!


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  1. Heather said, on August 20, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    i’m so glad he liked ’em! i know my hubby’s not always stoked about turkey but he ate all of his too 🙂

    one thing you might look into is ground chicken OR buying free-range chicken and grinding it at home. you could chop it into small bites and then process in a food processor. they also have attachments for stand mixers that grind meat as well. good luck!

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