No worries, I won’t take my sweet time to divulge it. The secret ingredient in the meatballs is… rolled oats! And, I have one word for you: WOW! I loved their texture and taste, no way you can detect oats in them (not that there’s anything wrong with it… ;-)). They are soft and tender, very light and flavorful. The meat? Ground turkey, white meat only, not the mixture of 50/50 white and dark I normally go for. Ginger and lime tie it all together. Smoked paprika adds some warmth.
TURKEY MEATBALLS WITH ROLLED OATS
(from the Bewitching Kitchen, inspired by my niece Raquel)
1 to 1 + 1/2 pounds ground turkey meat
1 egg white
1/2 cup dried quick oats
2 tsp grated ginger root
zest and juice of 1 lime
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt
black pepper to taste
ketchup for brushing (optional)
Place the ground turkey in a large bowl. Make a well in the center, then add all other ingredients. Mix well with your hands, but do not squeeze the meat too much.
With wet hands, form large balls and place them in a muffin tin or on a roasting pan covered with parchment paper. Brush the surface with a little ketchup, if you want. Cook the meatballs in a 375 F oven for about 30 minutes, turning them midway through cooking time and brushing the top again with ketchup. Serve them right away, or simmer gently in the sauce of your choice for 10 minutes.
Comments: I made these meatballs on a Saturday to freeze and enjoy later in the week. I thought they would go well with plain rice and a simple salad. But then, Phil saw them thawing in the fridge and got all happy about “spaghetti with meatballs”. Some major change of gears was needed, so I prepared a simple tomato sauce with some orange zest added to it. Simmered the meatballs in it for a few minutes, cooked some whole wheat pasta, and we were all set. Unexpected fusion of east and west…
I must thank my niece Raquel who raved about meatballs with oats and urged me to make them. A softer texture than breadcrumbs, they end up more like the traditional meatballs prepared with bread soaked in milk. But, of course, considerably lighter in terms of calories. Next I will be adding rolled oats to my meatloaf, I bet it will be equally awesome! And, by the way, feel free to add onions and garlic to your meatballs, by now those who follow my blog know that we use those ingredients sparingly.
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