Hello hello hello! Where did the spring season go?! Man, it has been a busy few months. It has only taken about 8 months but I think we are finally settling into southern living. I finally feel settled into my job, I can get to a few places without my GPS, and the weather is just, phenomenal. Currently drinking wine on our cute little patio. Life. Is. Good.
Onto the business of food, which is why I assume most of you are here. This will be the last of the ‘Meatballs Gone Wild’ series for a bit. I am giving the meatballs a little Asian flare this time. By mixing 3 very common Asian sauces, you get this sweet, sour, tangy tastes on your palate. You can absolutely make your own sweet and sour sauce or General Tso sauce, but I find it hard to make time for that during the work week. Plus, I have very limited experience with Asian cooking and flavors.
Prior to the sauce, you can really use this turkey meatball recipe and go in any direction you’d like flavor wise. It is a simple recipe, use it with any ground meat and it will be delicious. I like to toast my own bread to make into breadcrumbs, that way I know exactly what is in it. Instead of parmesan cheese, which I do not think would go well with sweet and sour, I used crumbled feta. Feta has a pretty middle flavor to me and isn’t over powering. You can omit this ingredient; however, it does add a little moisture to ground turkey which has a pretty low fat content. Also, one of the best things about this recipe, is it can be mixed in a single dish. ‘Everybody into the pool’ makes for a fast meal and easy clean up. Everybody wins!
Make the meatballs. Bake the meatballs. Sauce the meatballs. Eat the meatballs.
Sweet and sour turkey meatballs
4-6 Servings – 15 min. prep – about 30 min. cook time
3 slices of whole wheat bread
2 cloves garlic
1 handful of fresh parsley
1/4 C crumbled feta
1 large egg
1 lb ground turkey
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 C sweet and sour sauce
1/4 C General Tso sauce
3 tbsp soy sauce, low sodium
Heat oven to 350 degrees
Toast the bread so it is pretty dried out. Crumble into sand like consistency in a bowl
Chop garlic and parsley. Add into the breadcrumbs
Crack the egg into the bowl. Add the crumbled feta. Mix it up
Add the ground turkey, salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly
Roll into about 12 golfball sized meatballs
Grease an oven safe dish. Place meatballs in there so they are not touching
Bake in the oven for about 20-25 minutes. Turn them over halfway through to get a crust on both sides. Internal temp should be at least 165 degrees
Mix the 3 sauce ingredients into a bowl. Once the meatballs are out of the oven, toss them into the sauce.
Serve by themselves or accompanied with rice and grilled veggies!