Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy Rosemary Turkey Meatballs


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:-

  1. Preheat oven to 315 degrees.
  2. Sauté mushrooms, carrots, onions and garlic in a pan until slightly brown. Place them in a bowl and let cool till room temperature.
  3. Use 1/2 cup of white wine to deglaze the pan and extract all the goodness.
  4. 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)
  5. 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. 
  6. Drizzle some olive oil onto a baking sheet. Roll turkey balls into roughly 1 inch diameter and place 1/2″ apart on sheet.
  7. Last drizzle of olive oil and salt over the balls and chuck ’em into the oven for 30 minutes.
  8. Once done, sear the balls till golden brown. Add remaining 1/2 cup of white wine to deglaze pan again and intensify flavours.
  9. Get some Barefoot Pinot Grigio in a flashy glass and Bach on Pandora, and live it up.

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