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Friday, January 29, 2010

Turkey-Bean Balls & Tennis Racquets

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Turkey Meat-balls are my go-to comfort food anytime of the year and especially this time of the year. A variation of this dish(Meatballs with raisins and marinara sauce) was posted during my first week of blogging. For this recipe though, meat-balls were made smaller with Sesame seeds, Turkey and Roman beans. Racquet-pasta was used to add a whimsical touch.Looks great and tastes great.
Ingredients:
  • Lean cut turkey - 1/2 pound
  • Stale wheat bread - 2 slices
  • Cooked Roman Beans or Red kidney beans - 1 1/2 cup (Soak overnight and pressure cook it with salt)
  • Garlic - 5 cloves, 3 if bigger, minced
  • Red onion - 1, small, diced
  • Baby Spinach leaves- 2 handfuls, cleaned and drained
  • Egg white - 1
  • Cracked pepper - 2 tsp or more
  • Salt - for taste
  • Racquet Pasta - 3 servings, cooked as per package instructions
  • Sesame seeds - 2 tbsp
  • Lemon - 1/2, juiced
  • Cilantro - 1 tbsp, fine diced
  • Olive oil - 3 tbsp
Procedure:
  • Toast the wheat slices and let it cool. Break the hard slices and grind it to coarse crumbs.
  • Smash half a cup of the cooked roman beans and set aside.
  • Toast the sesame seeds on a low flame until they are browned evenly. Grind 11/2 tbsp of it to a fine powder. Save the rest for garnish.
  • In a bowl, add the turkey, minced garlic, diced onions, powdered sesame seeds, pepper, salt, juice of a lemon, diced cilantro, smashed roman beans, egg white and finally the crumbs.
  • Mix all the above ingredients using hands and divide them into small marble-sized balls.Should come to 25-30 even balls.
  • In a deep and wide skillet, heat a tbsp of oil and slow cook the meat balls in batches for about 10-15 minutes per batch or until the center is no longer pink.
  • Remove the balls to a separate plate.In the same skillet, add the spinach,wilt it slightly and set aside.
  • In the same skillet, heat the remaining oil and add the remaining cup of beans and season with little cracked pepper.
  • Add the cooked pasta and the turkey-bean balls. Check for taste. Add pepper or salt if needed.
  • Switch off the stove and add the spinach. Mix gently.
  • Garnish with remaining sesame seeds.
  • Move to a serving plate and consume hot.
Makes 3 Servings.
    Enjoy!
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    9 comments:

    1. That looks so apetizing...I would have these meat balls as it is, straight from the pan ;-)

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    2. Wow!!! This sounds great..Looks so yummy too

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    3. Beautiful dish, kids will definitely love this..

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    4. wow beautiful dish.. looks so tempting....this will be crowd pleasing one...

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    5. Beans in meat balls is a great idea,love those cute rackets :D

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    6. Wonderful meal, love the addition of tukey meat...I hardly use it in diff' way...thanks for this lovley recipe:)

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    7. Yes, eye-pleasing for the kids and adults alike and tastes good too. You girls should give it a try.

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