Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tasty Tuesdays: Turkey Meatballs with Spaghetti Squash

Welcome to Tasty Tuesdays!
I am cheating again this week - the recipe I am sharing today is from November 2010.
I made this a few weeks ago and it was delicious. It's a little different than the things I normally cook. First of all, there's meat! I don't even know if I've ever posted another recipe on my blog that included meat (other than bacon). I'm not really a vegetarian but I just don't cook meat much at home. I'm not really sure why? Anyways, the turkey meatballs were delicious. Even if you don't like the sounds of the squash, I would recommend making the meatballs. You could use them lots of different ways, definitely with traditional spaghetti.
{Recipe from the October issue of Martha Stewart Living}
•1 spaghetti squash (about 3 pounds), halved lengthwise
•salt and ground pepper
•1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
•1 onion, finely chopped
•2 garlic cloves, minced
•1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
•1/2 ounce grated Parmesan cheese (3 tablespoons)
•1 tablespoon dried breadcrumbs
•8 ounces lean ground turkey
•8 ounces mixed mushrooms, such as shiitake, cremini, and oyster, cut 1/4 inch thick (about 3 cups)
•1 cup homemade or store-bought low-sodium chicken stock
•4 ounces baby spinach (about 5 cups)
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Season cut sides of squash with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Bake, cut sides down, on a baking sheet until tender, about 45 minutes. Let stand until cool enough to handle. Scrape flesh into strands using a fork. Let drain, covered to keep warm, in a colander set over a bowl.
2. Meanwhile, heat 1 teaspoon oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Cook onion and garlic, stirring, until soft but not brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Add oregano; cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Divide mixture between 2 bowls.
3. Stir 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons cheese into 1 bowl of onion-garlic mixture. Mix in breadcrumbs, turkey, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper using your hands. Form mixture into 12 balls.
4. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Brown meatballs, turning, 4 to 6 minutes; transfer to a plate. Add remaining teaspoon oil to skillet. Cook mushrooms, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper, adding a few tablespoons water if skillet browns too quickly, until soft and beginning to brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Add remaining bowl of onion-garlic mixture, meatballs, and stock; bring to gentle simmer. Cook, partially covered, until meatballs are cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes. Add spinach; cook until just wilted, about 1 minute.
5. Divide squash and meatball mixture into 4 servings. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
I thought this recipe made for a perfect Fall or Winter meal. Enjoy!
What did you cook this week?
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  1. Hi Alissa, thanks for hosting! I linked up my post on Indian-spiced bean & tomato soup. Hope you have a great day :)

  2. Hi Alissa! Thank you so much for hosting this lovely party! I absolutely love all of your recipes...they look so, so good! This recipe looks delish, and I would love it, but my family would not eat the spaghetti squash part...boys! Wishing you a wonderful holiday season! Angie xo

  3. Good Morning Alissa,
    I must have slept in today, it was so nice. Your Turkey Meatballs look awesome, I can't wait to try them. Hope you have a great week and thanks for hosting!
    Miz Helen

  4. That is just beautiful! :]

  5. Oh my goodness. Those meatballs look divine!! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe - pinning to make soon! And thanks for hosting! I hope you're having a wonderful week so far!

    ~Jen @ Yummy-Healthy-Easy

  6. Thank you for hosting! Have a good week :)

  7. If I didn't have such a beef-loving husband, I would be the same way! I prefer chicken to beef almost always, and can easily do without meat! Except chicken broth for soups, it just tastes better :)

  8. Hi Alissa,
    Just found your blog and party through Dishing with Leslie. Love your Squash dish.. my kind of recipe. Thanks for hosting and I will be back.

  9. Thanks for hosting. The meatballs and squash look delectable. I am adding those to my dinner line up soon. Have a great week!

  10. Mmm looks so good!!
    New follower :)


  11. i love balls!! well, meatballs. seriously. they're in the top 5 all time favorite foods. yum yum yum!

    this week i've shared two recipes:

    A. Pan Seared Trout with Bacon Green Beans and Buttered Chive Gnocchi

    B. 5 Words: Molten. Chocolate. Lava. Fondant. Pudding. Cake. (okay, 6 words).

    And if you want, everyone is welcome to share their seasonal, local & whole/real food posts at my Wednesday Fresh Foods Link Up - hope to see you there! xo, kristy.


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