I have made a vow to never subject my family to frozen meatballs. LITTLE GREASE BALLS! Instead here is a go-to turkey meatball recipe that eliminates the risk of artery clogging but doesn’t substitute flavor. My newest addiction is cauliflower mash and I personally think it trumps mashed potatoes. I hope y’all enjoy! Comfort food – just a tad on the lighter side.
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 lbs. ground turkey (85% lean)
- 1/2 c. Panko breadcrumbs
- 2 large egg yolks
- 1/4 tsp. ground allspice
- 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp. Nature’s Seasoning
- 1/4 c. unsalted butter
- 1/3 c. all-purpose flour
- 4 c. beef broth
- 1/2 c. light sour cream
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley leaves
- 2 heads of cauliflower
- 8 oz. chive and onion cream cheese
- 4 Tbsp. butter cubed
- Nature’s seasoning to taste
- Cut cauliflower heads in quarters. Place in a large pot and fill with enough water to almost completely cover the cauliflower. Salt the water and cover with lid. Turn heat to medium-high heat and start on meatballs.
- Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat and add onions. Cook until translucent.
- While onions are cooking, combine turkey, Panko, egg yolks, and seasonings into a large bowl. When onions are done add them to the meat mixture. Using the same skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil and begin to roll meatballs and brown them in batches in skillet.
- *Just to ensure the turkey is completely cooked, gather up browned meatballs into a small casserole dish and bake at 350* for approximately 15 minutes.
- While meatballs are baking, start on gravy by melting butter in a medium sized pan. Whisk the flour in slowly and until lightly browned. Slowly add the beef broth to the roux and continue to whisk until smooth. Add in sour cream.
- To finish cauliflower (use a fork to test the softness of the cauliflower), add in the butter and cream cheese. Use a hand mixer on low to gently mash the cauliflower and incorporate the ingredients. Blend until smooth and add in Nature’s seasoning to taste.
- Build your masterpiece by placing a heaping pile of mashed cauliflower down first. Next, nestle your meatballs on top and then cover with yummy gravy! Garnish with parsley if preferred.
*optional – I tend to be paranoid when it comes to cooking meat in a skillet, plus I make jumbo meatballs