I always thought I wasn’t a meatball kind of girl.
I hated the meatballs that sat on top of my spaghetti. The mere mention of them ruined a perfectly good meal. Maybe it was the cheese that was hidden in every single batch, or the mix of pork, veal, and beef that seemed ever present where we dined.
So it was out of complete desperation and boredom with our weekly menu, that I ventured into the world of Asian inspired meatballs.
I started with the Asian Quinoa Meatballs from Damn Delicious, moved into the Sweet and Sour Tempeh Meatballs from Oh My Veggies, and finally made my way into meatball obsession with the Kung Pao Meatballs from Fit Foodie Finds.
When I came across a recipe for turkey and sweet potato meatballs I was a little excited and a little nervous that the hubs wouldn’t like them. HE is a total spaghetti and meatball fan who never gets super geeked about turkey anything. But he’s a good sport, and (almost) always willing to eat what I put in front of him.
The good news? These were a huge hit with BOTH of us.
The bad news? There was only enough for one of us to have them again today. (Spoiler alert: it wasn’t the hubs.)
Do yourself a favor and make a double batch. That way, you won’t need to seek out couples counseling to help resolve any hurt feelings or lingering issues from the sheer heft of the disappointment you’ll feel when they are gone.
Tantalizing Turkey and Sweet Potato Meatballs
- 1 lb ground turkey or chicken
- 1 cup sweet potato cooked and mashed
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp garlic minced
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs or panko
- 1 tbsp dried minced onion
- 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped or 2 tsp dried
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 400°F.Spray large baking sheet with cooking oil and set aside.Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix with hands until all ingredients are just combined. Set aside momentarily.Heat a large skillet with 1-2 tbs of cooking oil over medium-high heat.Form turkey mixture into balls (I made about 18), and place into skillet. Cook until meatballs are browned on all sides before transferring to prepared baking sheet.Bake for 10-12 minutes, turn over, and bake for another 10-12 minutes (or until meatballs are no longer pink inside).Serve with BBQ sauce or Sweet Chili Sauce.