Hi! I Made Meatballs for Dinner

by sara on January 24, 2011

One of the best presents I received for Christmas was the Giada At Home cookbook.

Tonight I used Giada’s recipe for Meatballs but I tweaked it a little bit.  I straight up substituted turkey for beef/veal and goat cheese for mozzarella.  REBEL!  If I had known meatballs were so easy to make, I would have tried this a long time ago.  It seriously takes two nanoseconds and dinner is ready.  Next time I might try using Cheez-Its instead of the Italian breadcrumbs.  Doesn’t that sound genius?

What you’ll need:

-1 small onion chopped very fine
-3/4 cup chopped Italian parsley
-2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
-1/3 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
-1 large egg
-2 Tbsps ketchup
-2 tsp minced garlic
-1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (always ask for extra samples of these when you order pizza)
-1 tsp salt
-1/2 tsp pepper
-1 lb lean ground turkey
-1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
-1 jar of tomato sauce
-1 box of whole wheat spaghetti

Preheat your oven to 400.  Now, add all your meatball ingredients to a bowl.

The crumbled goat cheese was the key to how badass these meatballs were.

I asked for the hunk of meat to add and Jason tried to get in the bowl.  Awkward.

Do yourself a favor and remove jewelry before mixing.  Unless you like finding raw meat surprises later on.

This is the fun part.  There is nothing more exciting than mashing together turkey meat, cheese and raw egg.

Once all ingredients are combined, form into 1.5″ meatballs and place on parchment paper on a rimmed baking sheet.

While the meatballs are cooking in a 400 degree oven for 15 minutes, begin making your spaghetti according to the directions on the box.

When the meatballs are done, check the internal temperature if you’re a paranoid n00b like Jason.  Hi sweetie!

He got this contraption on Woot and it confirmed our meatballs were success!  High five!

Look at the goat cheese drippy goodness.  PEOPLES!  These meatballs were delicious.  The Italian parsley is key.  Don’t skip it.

I had some tomato sauce leftover from our lasagna night so I defrosted it to use on our spaghetti.

Get out your most adorable pasta dishes to serve it up.  I actually got these on clearance at the Nordstrom’s Cafe at the Galleria about 10 years ago.  Love ’em.

My symmetrical plate.

Jason’s plate.

I paired mine with a 2010 Ginger Beer.

While Jam Master Jay had some milk.

This meal was prepped and cooked in about 30 minutes.  Take that Rachel Ray!  If you want something quick and delicious, give meatballs a chance.

Now I’m off to watch HEAVY (a show about morbidly obese people and their battle to lose weight) while I eat caramel pretzel crunch.  Like ya do.

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Meatball Afficionado January 25, 2011 at 3:47 pm

I love meaty balls, especially when they ooze delicious goat cheese. Again job well done. Can we get a dessert up in here next time? Jalapeno cupcakes FTW?


Jed February 1, 2011 at 8:26 pm

My wife tried to make these and had to sub most of the stuff… Maybe in the instructions you should add directions to the store for her… =) They were great!


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