Remember the marinara sauce made from the slow-roasted winter tomatoes that I told you about on Friday? Well, this is what I used my sauce for: Italian Turkey Meatballs. Super simple, figure friendly (it’s turkey after all) and most importantly, finger-licking-good. I guess you would use a fork to eat these and not your fingers, so the more appropriate phrase would be ‘fork-licking-good’. But that just doesn’t sound as good. Let’s just say they’re incredibly hearty and flavorful and downright delicious. Because being filled with herbs and cheese and simmered in a slow-roasted marinara sauce, really does make them fantastic.
When the Buddy was about 2 years old, he ate meatballs like they were going out of style. I feel like I fed him meatballs at every single lunch for about a year. I wish I could say the meatballs I fed him were always homemade, but alas, I know he ate a ton of store bought, frozen meatballs. What can I say? I didn’t have a go-to meatball recipe back then. Now I do and wish I could tell the me from 3 years ago, ‘Hey, you! Yeah you, the one with the huge bags under her eyes. I know you’re tired, but it takes, like, no time at all to whip up a batch of turkey meatballs and they taste about 10x better than those ones you’re cooking up right now’. Because they really do.
Not that I get down on myself about things like that because in the end, we are all here and surviving and I can chalk it up as something I’ve learned over the years as a mom and wife. Recipes that seem complicated, aren’t always. And those uncomplicated recipes can taste utterly amazing; like something you worked all day making. Spoiler alert: These meatballs are one of those recipes.