I am aware that it is 2016 and that I have only just now embraced the beauty and joy and genius that is YouTube.
And then I got caught in what I’ve termed the “YouTube Sinkhole,” which is nearly impossible to leave.
To be more specific, when I started this post, it was actually bright outside…and now everyone is asleep. And I don’t usually post this late at night, but when I do, it’s because I’ve spent the last 4 hours watching Kung Fu Koalas.
Also, do you know how difficult it is to segue into a post about meatballs when the actual last thing you said was “Kung Fu Koalas?”
My favorite thing about this recipe is it’s simplicity. From the ingredients to the steps, everything was simple and it came through with each bite.
The meatballs were comprised of ground turkey, an egg, breadcrumbs, and seasonings. I mixed them with my hands and then rolled them into 1 1/2 inch balls and baked them for 20-25 minutes in the oven. In the meantime I prepared the marinara sauce, which was a basic recipe that called for crushed tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, and some dried herbs. Simmer about 15-20 minutes, taste to adjust seasonings, and set aside. I served them both over warm, creamy polenta that had been mixed with milk, butter, and freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese.
The meal was satisfying, just the right amount of filling, and we have leftovers for a few days.
Now if you excuse me, I’ve got a video of a goat singing to Taylor Swift queued up and ready to go.
- 2 lbs ground turkey meat (85% lean or darker)
- 1 egg, beaten
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/3 cup Italian breadcrumbs
- 2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 tsp sage
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 3/4 tsp salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- olive oil spray
- 1 28-ounce can whole tomatoes (I used San Marzano tomatoes)
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 8 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- pinch of crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
- 1 tsp brown sugar, to taste (optional)
- kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Lightly spray a baking tray with olive oil spray and place in the oven while it preheats.
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl with your hands. Roll into 1 1/2 inch balls and place about 1 inch apart on baking tray.
- Bake for 10 minutes on one side, then roll over and make for 10-15 minutes on the other side, until fully cooked. (If you wish to brown them further, broil them for 3-4 minutes on high, but this step is not necessary.)
- Remove from oven and place in the marinara sauce.
- In a large bowl, crush the tomatoes by hand.
- In a large skillet, heat olive oil on medium heat. When hot, add the garlic and saute for 1-2 minutes, until fragrant, stirring often to prevent burning. Add the tomatoes, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper.
- Simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring often, then taste and adjust seasonings. If desired, add brown sugar and additional salt and pepper. Remove from heat and serve warm.