Saturday, August 23, 2008

Florentine Meatballs

I make this recipe alot, it is really good and healthy! Laura Grace begs for it and then eats her weight in meatballs :)
1 10 oz box frozen spinach
2 pkgs ground turkey (2 lbs)
1 sm. onion finely chopped ( I only use 1/2)
3 garlic cloves chopped
1 large egg
1 3/4 cups 1% milk
3/4 cup bread crumbs ( I use toasted whole wheat bread and then crumble it)
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (or just parmesan)
salt and pepper to taste
2 tblsp butter (I use the omega 3 butter)
2 tblsp flour
1 cup chicken broth
bag of shredded Italian cheese
1/2 tsp nutmeg
fresh chopped parsley
Olive oil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.Thaw and dry spinach. Put turkey in large bowl and make a well in the middle. Add the spinach, all but 3 tblsp onion, garlic, the egg, 1/4 cup milk, the breadcrumbs, parm-reg cheese, and salt and pepper. Form into 12 large balls and drizzle with Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Arrange on a cookie sheet sprayed with non stick spray and bake 20 minutes ( I use a broiler pan so the grease drains into the bottom).During the last 5 minutes of bake time, heat a sauce pot, add drizzle of olive oil and butter. Then add the onion and cook 2 min, whisk in flour, rest of the milk, and cup of chicken broth. Bring to a boil, stir in bag of cheese, and season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Turn temp down to low and stir until the cheese melts. Serve over the meatballs!I just steam broccoli as a side and sometimes if we are really hungry, I will serve the meatballs over pasta.

No comments: