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

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

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

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

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

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

    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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