What better combination is there than meatballs and beer? Easy Awesome Beer Turkey Meatballs will be a hit at your next party or around the dinner table with your family.
Reading cookbooks is a favorite past time of mine. I’d rather read a cookbook than a novel. When I do pick up a book to read, 9 times out of 10, it will be some sort of foodie fiction that includes recipes. When I was asked to review 20-Minute Italian by Andrea Soranidis, (and
GIVEAWAY a copy of the cookbook) I jumped at the chance. And the first recipe I couldn’t wait to make was Easy Awesome Beer Turkey Meatballs.
About the cookbook
Andrea Soranidis is the creator of the food blog The Petite Cook. Born and raised in Sicily, she grew up watching her mum make quick and delicious Italian dinners. She has recreated the meals from her childhood that are even easier, faster versions of classic Italian recipes. I love the idea of her cookbook as I also try to tweak traditional recipes such as jalapeno chicken and broccoli stir fry, spinach lasagna, and lemon and garlic shrimp scampi so they are easy to make on a busy night.
20 – Minute Italian appeals to busy home cooks who love to feed their families delicious Italian dishes. The cookbook contains 75 recipes including Antipasti, Pasta and Risotto dishes, Meat and Poultry recipes, Fish and Seafood main dishes, Soups and Grain recipes, Salads, and Side dishes. The only category missing that I would have liked to be included in the book is a few sweet dessert recipes.
The cookbook is easy to navigate. Along with a table of contents, there is an extensive index included at the end of the book. Beautiful photos accompany each recipe. What I love about each photo is that it looks like a dish the home cook can make in his or her own kitchen. The recipes are accessible and include every day ingredients found at the grocery store. Andrea has an easy conversational tone to her writing. She includes a personal anecdote, cooking tip, or ingredient suggestion with all of the recipes.
There are many recipes I am looking forward to making including ~
- Cherry Tomatoes Stuffed with Herbs & Ricotta
- Pasta alla Boscaiola
- Pistachio-Crusted Tuna with Orange Sauce
- 10-Minute Seafood Couscous to Feed a Crowd
- Apple, Celery & Walnut Salad with Gorgonzola Sauce
My review of the turkey meatball recipe
I prepared the Easy Awesome Beer Turkey Meatballs recipe, and they were easy to prepare and awesome. I had all the ingredients needed for the recipe at home except for the ground turkey. The addition of mashed potatoes to the meatballs gives them a little texture. I peeled a small potato, microwaved it for 3 minutes, and mashed it with a fork. And as promised by the title of the book, the recipe really took 20 minutes to prepare. I added the extra butter to finish the sauce as recommended by Andrea.
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Bite sized turkey meatballs are glazed with a beer and butter sauce and explode with flavor in your mouth.
1 large egg, beaten
1 cup (100 g) panko breadcrumbs
4 tbsp (22 g) grated Parmesan cheese
1 medium-small steamed floury potato (such as Russet), peeled and chopped
1 tbsp (3 g) fresh parsley leaves, finely minced (plus more for serving, optional)
10 1/2 oz. (300 g) ground turkey meat
Sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper
3 tbsp (23 g) all-purpose flour
3 tbsp (45 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
1 shallot, finely sliced
5 fl. oz. (150 ml) good -quality blonde beer
In a large bowl, combine the egg, panko breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, potato and parsley. Add the ground turkey and season generously with sea salt and black pepper. Mix gently, but thoroughly, with your hands to combine all the ingredients.
Take a small piece of meat mixture and gently roll it between your hands to form 1-inch (2 1/2 cm) meatballs (about 1 full tablespoon [15 g] each).
Place the flour into a shallow dish. Roll the meatball gently in the flour until lightly covered and arrange it on a baking tray. Repeat the process until all the meat mixture is used.
Heat the extra-virgin olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the shallot and cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Add the meatballs and leave them undisturbed until they are brown on one side. Shake the pan to loosen the meatballs, then turn each one with tongs to brown on the other side. Keep turning with tongs until they are completely and evenly browned.
Pour the beer into the pan and cook over high heat for 2 minutes. Cover the pan with a lid and continue to cook for 5 minutes, or until the sauce is reduced to your desired consistency.
Top with extra parsley and black pepper if desired.
Reprinted with permission from 20-Minute Italian by Andrea Soranidis
Page Street Publishing Co. 2019
Photo credit: Andrea Soranidis
- Category: entree
- Method: saute
- Cuisine: Italian
- Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
- Calories: 506
- Sugar: 2 g
- Sodium: 538 mg
- Fat: 26 g
- Saturated Fat: 7 g
- Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
- Trans Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 34 g
- Fiber: 2 g
- Protein: 33 g
- Cholesterol: 132 mg
Keywords: meatballs, turkey, beer, easy recipe, comfort food