World’s Best Turkey Meatballs in a 2-ingredient sweet-sour sauce is a kid-friendly meal that makes the adults smile, too.
My son wangles a dinner invitation at his friend Hannah’s house as often as possible. It’s just plain fun to eat over at a friend’s house, isn’t it? They set the table differently, they have different eating rituals, serve different food on different plates, with different forks, and they talk about different things than your own family does. It’s exotic!
But no small part of the draw, I have learned, is the world’s best meatballs, prepared by Hannah’s mom Michelle.
“Mom,” he shouts to me when he blows back home after the meal. “We had those meatballs!” as his eyes roll back in his head and he gets a dreamy look on his face. This delight has been going on for years. What can be in those meatballs, I wonder, but like most 12-year-old boys, he has absolutely no clue.
So I finally got up the courage to ask Michelle what the secret of her meatballs is. This, despite the fact that my son assured me she would never, ever tell me. “Oh, it’s a secret recipe?” I asked him. “Yes,” he said with some conspiratorial undertones. (Note to self: This kid has been watching too much “CSI.”) “It’s only for their family to know. Michelle will teach Hannah, and then she’ll teach Judah (her son) and then she’ll teach Leila (her younger daughter), and it will just be their family meatballs,” he told me.
Hmmmm…well, Michelle revealed that it IS a family recipe, gleaned from her mother-in-law, and much beloved at their house.
How to make World’s Best Turkey Meatballs
Chop your spinach (or chard). You want it to be in fairly small pieces so they don’t stick out of the meatballs in an ungainly fashion.
In a bowl, mix the turkey, egg, flax, onion, spinach and seasonings and shape using your hands into meatballs. You’ll make 18-20 or so.
Place them in the simmering sauce, spoon some sauce over them and put the lid on for 30 minutes.
Michelle notes that when she invites my son to stay for dinner, he always, ALWAYS asks if she’s serving “the meatballs,” and on those nights she isn’t, he might reflect a flicker of disappointment across his face, but then gobbles up everything on the plate. That’s my boy!
The meatball recipe DOES have a secret, which Michelle laughed about and so will you.
Read the “gourmet” sauce ingredients!
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This post was originally published March 23, 2014 and has been refreshed and republished today.
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