Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Turkey and Cheesy Courgette Meatballs

 turkey meatballs
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For the turkey meatballs:
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2tbsp vegetable oil
1 small courgette, grated
500g turkey mince
Breadcrumbs from 1 slice of brown bread 
1tsp paprika
 1tsp turmeric
1tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chilli flakes
1tsp garlic powder
1/4tsp ground black pepper
Pinch of salt
1 egg
40g grated cheddar cheese

For the tomato sauce:
1/2 onion, finely chopped
garlic cloves, crushed
tin of chopped tomatoes
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp oregano
Glug of olive oil
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Gently fry the onions and garlic with vegetable oil
Meanwhile grate the courgette
In a large bowl mix together turkey mince,courgette and breadcrumbs 
Add all the spices and the garlic powder
Add the egg and the grated cheese, mix together
Add half of the sautéed onions and garlic, mix
Form the mixture into small balls and place on a baking tray
Heat the oil and fry the meat balls for 15 minutes, browning on all sides.
Whilst the turkey meatballs are cooking make some tomato sauce
Using the rest of the sautéed onions and garlic, add the chopped tomatoes.
Bring to a simmer
Add the sugar, oregano and a glug of olive oil
Serve the sauce with the turkey meatballs and a warm pitta.
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Perfect for my Little Bird as it is a meal that can be ready within 30 minutes and I'm sneaking some vegetables in there too.
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This post is an entry for BritMums’ Summer Turkey Recipe Challenge
The Lean on Turkey website has lots of other exciting turkey recipes, nutritional advice and lots of hints and tips.


greenthumb said...

They look really good.

Love Emily said...

These look amazing, im gonna have to give them a go! Would love for you to link up to my new recipes/tutorials linky, You: The Expert, if you would like. http://www.emilydavieswrites.com/2013/05/you-expert-linky-290513.html?m=1 found you via Brit mums. X

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BavarianSojourn said...

These look delicious! What a great way to hide veg in something as well! Beautiful blog, now following! :) Emma

Toffeeapple said...

I like the idea of those, I shall ask my OH to have a bash at them. Would it be possible to cook them in the sauce, rather than frying them?

Happy Homebird said...

@Toffeeapple Oh yes, I'd do that too sometimes with meatballs just takes longer(had to be within 30 minutes for the challenge ;) )

kateonthinice said...

Some gorgeous ingredients in this recipe. Will be trying.
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Happy Homebird said...


Oh crumbs, thanks for the advice, thought I had done that but my link went to Photobucket! Cheers, much appreciated xx

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