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Turkey Meatballs… Great On A Chilly Night

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As well as crafting, and making jewelry I deal every day with having Central Pain Syndrome. So this week while I was flaring there was definitely no way I’d be cooking. We had take out I’ll admit it but, I am looking forward to getting back to cooking. So what’s up next? My interpretation of Giada De Laurentiis Turkey Meatballs: Polpettine di Tacchino.

1/4 cup 4C brand Italian breadcrumbs
1 clove diced garlic
1 teaspoon oregano
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons whole milk
3/4 cup grated Romano
1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 pound ground turkey, preferably dark meat
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
5 cups tomato sauce
1 pound dried penne pasta

In a large bowl, add bread crumbs, garlic, oregano, eggs, milk, 1/2 cup Romano, parsley, salt and pepper and mix well. Add turkey and gently combine, being careful not to overwork the meat. Shape into golf-size balls.

In a large skillet heat the oil over medium high heat. When almost smoking, add meatballs and without moving or turning the meat, allow it to brown for about 3 minutes. Turn meatballs and brown other side. Continue to cook until all sides are golden brown, about 8 minutes total. Add tomato sauce and bring to a boil. Lower heat and allow meatballs to simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off heat and keep warm on stove. Be careful not to over handle the meatballs since they are soft and fragile.

In a large pot, bring to a boil 6 quarts of salted water. Add pasta and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain pasta in a colander. Do not rinse pasta with water since you want to retain the pasta’s natural starches so that the sauce will cling to the penne.

Remove meatballs from sauce and place in serving bowl. Pour some tomato sauce over meatballs, but leave about 2/3 cup of sauce in skillet. Place the cooked penne into the skillet with the remaining sauce and toss well. Pour sauced pasta in a large serving bowl. Serve alongside the meatballs. Sprinkle remaining Romano on top.


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