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Monday, March 2, 2009

Frozen Assets: Light & Healthy Turkey Meatballs

1. Notice my subtle homage to a snowman below (I actually had 'him' standing but could not get a good shot.) 2. The 'background' is snow. Alrighty then, I thought I would begin a feature called "Frozen Assets" referring to recipes that are great to make ahead and freeze until you are ready to cook/bake them.

Ingredients (Makes approx. 30 meatballs):
3 slices whole-wheat sandwich bread
2 teaspoons flax seed
1/4 cup 1% milk
1.3 lb. ground turkey, 93 percent lean
½ cup sweet onion, finely chopped
2 small cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/8 teaspoon ground thyme
1 large egg
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 pepper
Coarse salt and ground pepper

1. Place bread and flax seed in food processor and pulse until fine crumbs form. Then mix the breadcrumbs/seeds with milk and set aside, at least 5 minutes.

2. In a large bowl, combine turkey, onions, garlic, parsley, thyme, egg, salt, pepper, and breadcrumb mixture. Now get your clean hands in there and mix gently.

3. Using the now mushy hands, form the mixture into balls (each about 1.5 tablespoons); arrange in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet/pan lined with parchment paper.

4. Transfer the baking sheet to freezer for 1 hour. Place frozen meatballs to an airtight container or resealable plastic bag, and freeze for up to 3 months.

5. When you are ready to bake: Take the meatballs out in the morning to thaw. Later in the day, preheat oven to 350 degrees, place meatballs onto a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes.


Annie said...

They look yummy! I make them very similar to this, only I have never added flax seeds. Good idea!

Annie said...

My word verification spelled...
samebrat :)

Shelly said...

We love meatballs and I never thought about making them up ahead of time and freezing them! Thanks for the idea!

Anonymous said...

I am always skeptical about freezing - my mother-in-law does it a lot, but I just can't bring myself to do it. Do the meatballs really taste the same way?

Jennifer said...

HI 5-star: You are correct in that if you do not wrap/package them very well and use them within three months, that you will be chomping into a freezer burnt mess. I will add my instructions to the post. said...

I love this. I make turkey meatloaf and we love meatballs so we'll have to try this!! And I have an award for you @

Katherine Aucoin said...

You're right, meatballs are good to have one hand to made a nutrious meal on a busy night. I like using turkey too and ground chicken is another favorite!

Chef Fresco said...

I just came across your blog - very cute and creative! Some great looking recipes too!

Sharon said...

I love that plate! ...and the meatballs too :)

LynnMarie said...

These sound delcious. I love how you presented them. YUMMY!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Those are some delicious meatballs! And I love your plate!

Reeni♥ said...

These look so healthy and delicious! That is a beautiful plate. I feel bad that I missed all these posts, I'm not getting your updates again.

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