Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Mozzarella stuffed turkey meatballs....
1 lb ground turkey
1 lightly beaten egg
1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
2 tsp dry minced garlic (or 2 to 3 cloves crushed)
2 tsp dry onion flakes
1 tsp dry parsley and basil
pinch of salt
ground black pepper
12 cubes of mozzarella
In a mixing bowl blend the turkey with the lightly beaten egg. Slowly add bread crumbs and other seasonings until well blended.
One big spoonful at a time work meat mixture into a ball then flatten out.
Place mozzarella cube in center and reform ball.
Place meatballs in a baking dish lightly sprayed so they won't stick.
Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes.
Add meatballs to pasta sauce (You can use jarred, I made my own) and let simmer for 15-20 minutes so the flavors can marry.
My pasta sauce-
1 onion, finely chopped
3 cloves, garlic crushed or minced
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp red pepper flakes (I like mine pretty spicy so sometimes I use more)
1 tbsp dry basil
Oregano and parsley (just a little I eyeball it)
1 can crushed tomatoes
1 can diced tomatoes
3 tbsp tomato paste
Salt and pepper
Saute onion in EVOO until translucent. Add crushed garlic, red pepper flakes, basil, parsley, and oregano, let the spices infuse with the oil for a minute. Work tomato paste into spices and onion. Sometimes at this point I will add 1/4-1/2 cup of wine or vodka and let the alcohol cook out before the next step. Next add cans of crushed and diced tomatoes. Salt and pepper to taste. Let simmer for 15-20 minutes.