Lemon-Rosemary Turkey Meatballs
From EatingWell: January/February 2011
Lemon and rosemary flavor both these turkey meatballs and their velvety-rich sauce. Thyme can be used instead of the rosemary if you prefer. Serve with whole-wheat pasta or mashed potatoes.
- 1 medium onion, cut into chunks
- 2 large cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
- 2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary or 1 1/4 teaspoons dried, divided
- 1 pound 93%-lean ground turkey
- 3/4 cup fresh breadcrumbs, preferably whole-wheat (see Tip)
- 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, plus more to taste
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup dry white wine (or substitute more chicken broth)
- 1 14-ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 4 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon butter
- Place onion, garlic and lemon zest in a food processor. Add 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary (or 1 teaspoon dried) and pulse just until the mixture is finely and evenly chopped (but not mushy).
- Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl and gently mix in turkey, breadcrumbs, Parmesan, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper until combined. Use a generous 2 tablespoons each to shape the mixture into 12 meatballs (about 1 1/2 inches in diameter). Place flour in a shallow dish and roll the meatballs in it to lightly coat. (Reserve the remaining flour.)
- Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium, add meatballs and cook, turning once, until brown, 3 to 5 minutes total. Transfer to a plate.
- Add wine (or 1/2 cup broth) to the pan, increase heat to medium-high and cook, scraping up any browned bits, until almost evaporated, 1 to 3 minutes. Add the can of broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and return the meatballs to the pan along with the remaining 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary (or 1/4 teaspoon dried). Cover and cook until the meatballs are cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the meatballs to a serving bowl.
- Bring the sauce to a boil over medium-high heat and cook until reduced to 1 cup, 4 to 8 minutes. Whisk lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of the reserved flour in a small bowl (discard any remaining flour); whisking constantly, add the flour mixture to the sauce along with butter and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Simmer, whisking, until slightly thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Strain the sauce through a fine-mesh sieve. Serve the sauce over the meatballs.
Tips & Notes
- Tip: To make your own fresh breadcrumbs, trim crusts from whole-wheat bread. Tear bread into pieces and process in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. One slice of bread makes about 1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs.
Per serving: 346 calories; 15 g fat (5 g sat, 3 g mono); 78 mg cholesterol; 20 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 29 g protein; 2 g fiber; 641 mg sodium; 446 mg potassium.
Carbohydrate Servings: 1
Exchanges: 1 starch, 3 lean meat, 1 fat
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- Total Time
- 1 hour or less
- Main Ingredient
- Preparation/ Technique
- Type of Dish
- Main dish, poultry
- Ease of Preparation
- January/February 2011