National Meatball Day

Because it is National Meatball Day, I will be sharing a recipe for  Turkey Meatballs & Slow-Roasted Tomatoes.

Tomatoes:
2 pints (4 c.) cherry tomatoes, halved
3 garlic cloves, sliced
¼ c. olive oil
Pinch each of fine seas salt & dried oregano

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F with racks in the upper and lower thirds. Line 2 sheet pans with aluminum foil or parchment paper. On one of the pans, arrange the tomatoes in a single layer with the garlic cloves.

Evenly drizzle everything with the olive oil and sprinkle with the salt & oregano. Toss to coat, then turn the tomatoes cut side up. Bake the tomatoes on the lower rack, rotating the pan halfway through, until they are puckered, crinkly and sweet, 30 minutes to 1 hour (the longer the tomatoes roast at a low temperature the sweeter they’ll get).

Meatballs:
1 small yellow onion, peeled
1 ½ lbs. Ground turkey
1 c. grated Parmesan cheese
¼ c. chicharrones, crumbled
½ tsp. Herbes de Provence
1 tsp. Kosher salt
½ tsp. Freshly ground black pepper
½ tsp. Ground mustard
2 Tbsp. Olive oil, plus extra for serving
2 Tbsp. Chopped basil leaves
4 Tbsp. Cream cheese
2 Tbsp. Sour cream

Use the larges holes of a box grater to grate the onion into a large bowl. Add th turkey and other ingredients except the cream cheese & sour cream, and use your hands to gently mix everything together until combined. Do not over-squish the meat.

Divide and shape the meat mixture into 24 golf-ball-size balls and place them on the other sheet pan, leaving just a bit of space between the meatballs. Once the tomatoes have been cooking at least 30 minutes, turn up the oven to 375 degrees F. Slide the meatballs into the oven on the upper rack, above the pan of tomatoes. Bake everything until the tomatoes are puckered and sizzling, about 15 minutes. Remove the tomatoes from the oven and set them aside. Flip the meatballs, rotate the pan and continue to bake until they are no longer raw inside, and additional 20 to 25 minutes.

Serve the meatballs warm on a bed of the tomatoes, with dollops of the cream cheese & sour cream combined on top. Drizzle with olive oil and garnish with extra basil.

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