Here are meatballs that are a little different. They contain a bonus surprise in the middle and you get an amount of delicious flavor and medium heat from Calabrian Chili Peppers and then you get sweetness from raisins and yummy tasty nutty pine nut punch….Tasty, Juicy, delicious and a little spicy. The meatballs got lots of flavors going on and are seasoned really perfect. The meatballs come out very juicy so you don’t really need sauce and just a light grating of cheese if you desire.
Ingredients for about 6 servings
1 lb ground turkey (85/15)
2 XL eggs – slightly beaten
1 cup whole wheat panko
2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
1/4 cup sweet onion – chopped fine
1/2 cup (scant cup) vegetable stock
1 garlic clove – ground to paste
2 Calabrian Chili peppers – stem removed, chopped fine
1/4 cup fresh basil chopped
32 jumbo raisins (give or take a few depending on size of meatball)
3 Tablespoons pine nuts (give or take…about 3-5 pine nuts a meatball)
non-stick spray canola or vegetable
Set oven to 350 degrees F
Spray baking sheet(s) with non stick spray
Everything goes in a big mixing bowl except for the turkey. Mix well and let it sit about ten minutes so the panko can absorb. After the ten minutes mix in the turkey. The mixture will be wetter than a beef mixture. Use a small scoop and scoop out the meatballs. I do note again the mixture is soft so you won’t be able to roll the meatballs and you just have to scoop them.
Indent each meatball with a butter knife or your finger.
Insert with a jumbo raisin and a few 3-5 pine nuts.
Wet your fingers and pat the meatballs closed.
After about 15 minutes in the oven (350 F) the meatballs should be done.
“That smells Forking Great!”
“I Forking Want Some Meatballs”
Unfortunately the meatballs contain several ingredients that are NOT Dog Friendly…..The dogs can’t taste these meatballs.
Oh well…….more for the humans…..
The meatballs came out Forking Delicious! Most people will love them!