Monday, March 16, 2009
Appetizer Buffet: Bite Sized Turkey Meatballs
For my second appetizer I decided to make bite sized turkey meatballs. What I really want to learn is how to make Swedish meatballs, but my internet wasn't working so I decided to save that lesson for another day. I started out with lean ground turkey and mixed in the following: 1 Egg 2 Minced Garlic Cloves 1/2 Chopped Yellow Onion (smaller the better) 1 Palm full of Bread Crumbs 1 Heaping Tbs Italian Seasoning 1 Tsp Oregano Salt, Pepper I combined these ingredients thoroughly and let sit until the mix was at room temperature to ensure the meatballs cooked evenly. I shaped the mix into bite sized meatballs. Then I dropped them into a pan on high heat with a bit of veg oil to encourage the browning process. I browned the meatballs on each side (1-2 mins per side). Then I poured a basic tomato sauce on top and let simmer (covered) for apx 30 minutes. I like cooking meatballs this way for 2 reasons. First, by browning them they get that nice crisp while also sealing in the juices. Secondly, by simmering them in the tomato sauce it tenderizes them and fully incorporates all the flavors. I served the meatballs in my fondue pot to keep them hot throughout the game, with a side dish of Parmesan for guests to sprinkle on top.