So Caitlin and I decided to have a ‘fancy dinner night’ this weekend – by ‘fancy’, I mean white wine and Bach playing on Pandora. Although the idea of meatballs doesn’t sound like a michelin-star dish, hells, it tasted good. And food paired with Bach makes anything taste good.
She also poached an egg, which I felt completed the dish. Dee-lish. People have all kinds of methods for poaching eggs. Creating a water vortex, dropping it only on the simmering bubbles, adding loads of vinegar. I just think of the chickens whose unborn fetuses are about to be in my mouth. Did they give them names? I’ll give them names. ‘Breakfast’, ‘lunch’ and ‘dinner’.
500g 99% fat free lean ground turkey (Trader Joe’s Butcher shop or equivalent)
1 cup chopped crimini mushrooms
1/2 cup finely diced carrots
1/2 cup chopped onions
5 cloves of garlic (OR MORE)
1/2 lemon squeezed juices
1/4 cup olive oil (1/4 cup for drizzling, too)
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 sprig fresh rosemary
1 cup Barefoot Pinot Grigio (or some other fancy white wine)
Method of Madness:-
- Preheat oven to 315 degrees.
- Sauté mushrooms, carrots, onions and garlic in a pan until slightly brown. Place them in a bowl and let cool till room temperature.
- Use 1/2 cup of white wine to deglaze the pan and extract all the goodness.
- Ground paprika, sea salt, pepper, garlic powder, rosemary, white wine juices and lemon juice with a mortar and pestle. Or you could just use your fists. (kidding)
- Add vegetables, spice mix and olive oil to the ground turkey in a large bowl. Use your hands and really harass that meat like you mean it.
- Drizzle some olive oil onto a baking sheet. Roll turkey balls into roughly 1 inch diameter and place 1/2″ apart on sheet.
- Last drizzle of olive oil and salt over the balls and chuck ’em into the oven for 30 minutes.
- Once done, sear the balls till golden brown. Add remaining 1/2 cup of white wine to deglaze pan again and intensify flavours.
- Get some Barefoot Pinot Grigio in a flashy glass and Bach on Pandora, and live it up.