Turkey Meatballs; Roast Fennel; Cauliflower Puree; Orzo

I think the title of this one may be too much for Twitter.  We shall see!  It looks like a lot, but the only part that was any real work was the meatballs (the cauliflower I had in the fridge already).  dscn3814

The fennel was technically a recipe from The Whole Foods Market Cookbook, but…I sliced up a fennel bulb, tossed with salt pepper EVOO and put it in a hot oven for about 30 minutes.  It was delicious, but it’s not exactly a recipe, you know?  It’s just…cooking.

The meatballs were delicious.  They reminded me a little of a turkey meatloaf recipe I made once, only these were better because they had less sun-dried tomato and the always welcome addition of toasted pine nuts.  Everything is better with toasted pine nuts.

  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp fresh oregano, minced
  • 4 tbsp fresh sage, minced
  • 6 sun-dried tomatoes, reconstituted in hot water, then chopped
  • 1 lb ground turkey (dark meat is better)
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs

In a medium nonstick skillet, heat some olive oil.  Add celery and onion, saute until softened, about 3-5 minutes.  Add oregano and garlic, saute until fragrant, about 30-60 seconds.  Remove to a mixing bowl and let cool.  When cool, add all other ingredients and mix thoroughly without overworking.  Divide into golf-ball sized meatballs, bake in 350 degree oven for about 25 minutes.

We served these over orzo with a squeeze of lemon and they were just right.  I didn’t even miss cheese.

There was cheese in the cauliflower, which I made in the middle of the week to use up a head of cauliflower that was sitting in my crisper.  I cut it up, steamed it, and pureed it in the food processor with some heavy cream, cheddar cheese, salt and pepper.  It was <i>heavenly</i>.  I think if I were on a low-carb diet, I could have easily served the meatballs on top of the cauliflower puree and not missed the orzo.

dscn3817Dylan Report: ….but if I’d left out the orzo, Dylan would have gone hungry.  He took one bite of meatball, declared it “yummy,” and then proceeded to eat orzo, orzo and more orzo.  He was not at all a fan of the cauliflower and refused to even entertain the notion of tasting the fennel.  My little baby is becoming a toddler – oh joy!


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