Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Dinner Tonight: Spinach & Sun Dried Tomato Meatballs

My girlfriend Heather gave me this recipe while we were watching our girls at gymnastics practice.  (I get some of my best ideas from girlfriends.)  To me, these are like little Greek meatballs...feta cheese, tomatoes, spinach...delish!  You know how I cook by season and usually a meatball would be a fall/winter food in our house but these are light with the ground turkey and the little bit of lemon zest really brightens them up and made me think they were perfect for a summer supper.  Thanks Heather!

Shopping List
1 pound ground turkey (or chicken)
4 cloves garlic, grated
1 cup Panko (which is Japanese breadcrumbs but feel free to substitute with your favorite breadcrumbs)
1/2 cup Feta cheese, crumbled
1 package frozen spinach, thawed and drained
1 jar of sun dried tomatoes in oil, drained
2 teaspoons of lemon zest
2 eggs, beaten
Lots of salt and pepper
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

In a medium bowl, combine ground turkey, garlic, Panko, Feta, spinach, tomatoes, eggs, zest and lots of S&P.  Form meat mixture into golf ball sized balls and then place them on a lightly greased baking pan (I always line with foil for easy clean up!).  Drizzle about a tablespoon of EVOO over all of the balls.  Roast in the oven about 25 minutes or until brown.

Serve alone or over your favorite pesto pasta.

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Maureen W. (Maryland) said...

It is 9:45 AM and I am hungry just thinking about these! They will be a welcome departure from my ground turkey staples of burgers and tacos!

Danielle @ Clean Food Creative Fitness said...

This recipe looks awesome for summer! I love it and will definitely have to try it :)

Ally said...

So I guess I'm your blog stalker now, since I followed your regular blog to this one, and I am in LOVE with all of your recipes!! I especially love all of your sweets recipes... I have the biggest sweet tooth! Anyway just wanted to share TWO recipes with you, because I figured if you're a sweet tooth freak like me, you'd appreciate the following:

Dr. Pepper Cookies (you may have already made these/seen it on Pinterest, but it reminded me of your pop-flavored Bundt cakes so I thought I'd share with you for you to try. Here's the URL to the recipe: http://afewshortcuts.com/2012/06/dr-pepper-cookies/

Also, the second recipe is one I found on Pinterest a couple months ago, and tried out for myself. I am a terrible cook, but I made these with success and they are DELICIOUS. Tastes like oreo cheesecake cupcake heaven in your mouth! Here's the link to that recipe... you HAVE to try this one if you haven't already. Soooo delicious! http://catesworldkitchen.com/2010/01/oreo-cheesecake-cupcakes/

If you happen to try either one, let me know how they turned out! :)

Anonymous said...

Love your blog! How many meatballs does this make? Thanks so much!!

Mix and Match Mama said...

This recipe makes about 12 meatballs...give or take a few. It really depends on how large you roll them out. Enjoy!

Home of a Magnolia said...

Can't wait to try this recipe-my mom grew up in a Greek community and loves Greek food. This is the perfect recipe for her next visit-love the use of ground turkey. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I made these for dinner tonight - amazing!!! Thanks, love your blog :)

Mindy said...

I want to try these, however I am not a Feta Cheese fan. What kind of cheese do you suggest I substitute? Or should I just skip the cheese. Thanks again! :-)

Mix and Match Mama said...

Hi Mindy! If you don't love feta, substitute some grated parmesan cheese. They'll be just as good!

cheryl smith said...

i love all your recipes, ok I need to find ones that i can do sunday nights for the rest of the week. which ones can i make a head of time and put in the fridge till the night is right. how do i go about preparing and keeping fresh?

Melissa at Raised by Wolfs said...

I made this recipe last night and my husband and I both LOVED these meatballs! You were right -- they are so flavorful and light, and the lemon zest makes them really bright and fresh and perfect for the summer. I can't wait to try the burger version next!

Narci said...

Oh my goodness. We made these for dinner last night. They were delicious! All 5 people In my house loved them which is nothing short of a miracle! Great recipe! :)

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