Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Greek Inspired Turkey Meatballs

These are greek inspired because Keftedes (greek meatballs) are primarily made from ground beef or lamb, not turkey. They easy to eat and hold together wonderfully, so it makes them perfect to eat alone or at to other dishes. Make them a day ahead before a dinner party or as a snack for friends.

Shopping List
  • 1/2 lb Lean Ground Turkey Meat
  • 1 Egg (Yes! An ACTUAL egg)
  • 1/2 Cup Plain Rolled Oats
  • 1 TBSP Fresh Basil
  • 1 1/2 TSP Mint
  • 1 TSP Cumin
  • 2 TSP Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 TSP Black Pepper and Salt

Mixing Bowl
Small Bowl
Mixer (or you can use your hands)
Measuring Cup, TBSP, and TSP
Aluminium Foil
Broiler Safe Baking Dish

Time 48 Minutes
Prep 40 Minutes
Cook 8 Minutes
Yield 12 Average Sized Meatballs

Time To Get Cooking!!!
In the small bowl cut up the mint and basil using your scissors
Try to get them as small as possible, if you need feel free to whip out a cutting board and knife
Mix in the cumin, ground cinnamon, black pepper and salt then set to the side
In the mixing bowl drop in the ground turkey meat, 1 egg and oats
Turn on mixer and let mix until everything is pretty much evenly combined
While the mixer is still on slowly add the spice mix a few spoonfuls at a time
Let mix for an additional 1 or 2 minutes
Turn off mixer
Line your baking dish with foil and use your preferred method of nonstick
Using a tbsp scoop out the mixture and form into a bal using your hands
Remove any extra mixture that spills over the side of the tbsp
Spread evenly apart
After all the meatballs have been made, put into fridge for at least 30 minutes
When it is time to cook them remove from fridge
Put your oven rack as close to your broiler as you can
Turn on broiler to high
When the broiler is ready. put you meatballs in for 3 minutes
Remove after time is up, flip each meatball using the tongs
Return to broiler for 5 minutes
Remove and let rest for 1 minute or 2 minutes before serving

Serving size is 3 meatballs. Eat alone as a snack or mix with pasta or soup for something more substantial for dinner.

Storing and Reheating
Store in a zip top bag or air tight container and store in fridge for 2-3 days
Store in freezer for up to 1 month.
Reheat in the microwave until warm throughout or toss into a soup

Nutritional Information
Calories 100
Fat 2g
Carbs 3g
Protein 16g
compared to a store bought product
Calories 170
Fat 9g
Carbs 4g
Protein 16g
Nutritional Difference (our recipe)
Calories -70
Fat -7g
Carbs -1g
Protein 0g

Cost Comparison
Recipe Cost:$0.69
Cost Per Serving:$0.17
compared to a store bought product
Product Cost:$5.84
Cost Per Serving:$0.32
Cost Difference:$0.15

-The refrigeration helps give the turkey time to rest and absorb the spices as well as form a better ball that will hold together better during the cooking process.
-If you are making them more than 3 hours in advance make sure to cover so they do not dry out.


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