Turkey mince is so affordable; I remembered how I raved about it over the festive season when Turkey was on my mind. It’s the ‘other less fatty white meat’ I also have the quote Seinfeld when I think Turkey… ‘It makes you sleepy’ great for kid’s right! It is the amino acid tryptophan that research suggests in large amounts can make you sleepy. It also produces serotonin that helps strengthen the immune system. Regardless, it was half the price of Chicken mince and we haven’t had that much luck with chicken lately.
I found a great recipe from a kitchen queen – Nigella, which I adapted purely because I never have celery in the fridge, I always have carrots! Much like patties, burgers rissoles; meatballs can be a combination of anything with a few binders. The trick is to not over work the mixture as it can make them too dense.
You can serve these meatballs with pasta, mash potato, polenta, couscous, steamed vegies or salad. You can even serve them as finger foods for your next dinner party, because we all have time for that!
1 onion, peeled
2 x Garlic Cloves
1 celery rib or carrot
1 teaspoon of dried Thyme
2 x 400g of canned tomatoes or passata
Water (fill up two of the tomato cans)
1 teaspoon of sugar
Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper
400g of Turkey Mince
1 x Egg
3 x Tablespoons of breadcrumbs
3 x Tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
½ teaspoon of dried thyme
Salt to taste.
Puree the onion, celery and carrot in a food processor. Reserve ¼ of the puree in a bowl for the meatballs.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low and add vegetable puree and thyme, and cook for about 5 -10min.
Add tomatoes, water, sugar, salt & pepper. Bring to a gentle boil then reduce to a simmer and let cook while prepping the meatballs.
Add all meatball ingredients to reserved vegetable puree. Mix gently to combine; avoid over mixing to prevent the meatballs from being leaden and heavy.
Form mixture into about 50 meatballs, about the size of a heaped teaspoon. Once all the meatballs are formed, add them to the simmering sauce (Pushing them down to have a light covering of sauce) Continue to simmer 30 minutes, or until the meatballs are cooked through.
Enjoy! Rafaela does…