Everyone seemed to land at home today. No school, no work, no plans, on this cold and foggy winter day. Wow! That almost never happens.
It was nice. Nice to have everyone under one roof, all at the same time. Food simmering stove top and fragrantly spiced meatballs baking in the oven. All of us hanging about the kitchen chatting, laughing, telling stories, with a few lively debates mixed in. (of course all led by two sassy gals)
These are the moments that never cease to warm my heart.
Even Tank joined in the fun while I tackled my yard chores. He teased the chicken gals by putting his face against the fence. Then jumped back playfully when they try to peck at him. One day I’ll catch that on video.
Among a few other enticing dishes, today I made the Bennett Crew’s favorite turkey meatballs.
Moist, fragrant, delightfully spiced and a hint of golden color. Apple and Curry Spiced Turkey Meatballs. A perfect, versatile dish that can travel to a party or the short walk to the dinner table.
In my case however, most of them flew right off the baking sheet. 🙂
Delicious wishes for a healthy and happy week!
Loads of Love,
Apple and Curry Spiced Turkey Meatballs
I keep these stashed in the frig for late night snacks, quick lunches or a dinner meal. Perfect for popping in the freezer (par-cooked) and then pulling them out when you need dinner in a pinch.
I have my friend Gazala to thank for this lovely spice blend. Truly magical!
The key is to purchase fresh quality spices, whole if you can find them, toast and then grind in a spice grinder. Refresh your spices about every six months for best flavor. The Spicy Gourmet is my online source for quality spices.
1lb ground dark turkey meat
½ cup finely chopped red onion
1/4 cup grated fresh apple
2 teaspoons turmeric
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon finely minced or grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon salt
Pinch red pepper flakes (optional)
½ teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
2 teaspoons fresh ground curry spice (recipe follows)
1/3 cup breadcrumbs
1 egg, whisked
Pre-heat the oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment and brush with just a little oil.
In a large bowl add the ground dark turkey, curry spice mix, turmeric, salt, pepper, garlic, ginger, onion and apple. Gently mix together and then add the breadcrumbs and whisked egg and gently incorporate into the spiced ground turkey.
Make tablespoon sized meatballs and place on the lined baking sheet. I also use a medium cookie scoop for even measuring. As well, you could use a very small scoop for tiny appetizer meatballs.
Bake the meatballs for about 20 minutes or until they are nicely browned and cooked through.
Serve with cauliflower mashers, coconut sweet potato mashers or a Mediterranean couscous. You can also serve these meatballs with a delicious Moroccan Meatball Sauce that you’ll find at www.FrugalFeeding.com Delicious!
Fresh Ground Spice Mix
2 tablespoons whole coriander
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
10 cardamom pods
3 whole cloves
½ stick cinnamon
Place the spices in a dry small pan and toast over medium heat. Once toasted, remove from the pan and let the spices cool. Then grind them together in a spice grinder. You will only need two teaspoons for the meatballs, so reserve the remaining spice mix for soups, stews, curries, egg dishes and veggies.
I purchase my fresh spices from www.thespicygourmet.com
- Your Questions: The 10 Essential Spices for Stocking Your Pantry (thebittenword.com)
- Herbs. Spices. Amazing Health Benefits. (nutritionize.net)