I will admit that change is really hard for me to deal with. I’m a creature of habit and I hate when those habits have to be altered due to circumstances out of my control. Alright, ok, I’ll cop to that as well -- I hate it when there are circumstances out of my control! I’m a type-A control freak who likes to eat her breakfast at the same time every day and sit down in the same place while doing it. I do not handle change with grace. I handle it with meatballs.
Well, maybe that’s too specific. I come from a long tradition of comfort eaters who look for solace in familiar, warm foods. This is not the time for fancy recipes with long ingredient lists. This is not the time to flirt with vegan/gluten free baking techniques. This is a time for hearty peasant food, food that will fill your belly and make you feel just a little safer in the world that is whirling around you at breakneck speed. Food that your mother might have made for you when you were a child (Mommy, can I please have crunchy chicken and mashed potatoes?)
These meatballs help me feel solid, like not everything always has to change. Maybe the world is as simple now as it was when I was a child, gobbling up my mom’s spaghetti and meatballs. All I have to do is enter my own kitchen to find that lovely simplicity again.
Baked Turkey Meatballs
1 ¼ lb ground turkey
½ cup bread crumbs
¼ cup grated onion
¼ cup grated parmesan
1 minced garlic clove
3 tablespoons fresh herbs (parsley, basil, mint etc)
½ - ¾ tsp salt
pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Combine all ingredients lightly -- if you mix with a heavy hand, your meatballs will end up dense. Mixing the meat should be almost like a gentle fluffing. Do not overmix. Roll your meatballs into 1 inch balls and place on a lightly greased or lined baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes, or until they are cooked through.
These are also great freezer food! Let them cool completely on the baking sheet, then freeze the meatballs individually. Once they are frozen, store them in a tightly sealed bag or container. Thaw by lightly frying in a pan or by dropping them directly into your warming sauce.