The weekend was approaching, and I had a friend's housewarming party to attend to. I wanted to bring an appetizer, and was definitely not going to be the one to provide a giant veggie tray. I searched for Whole30 party meals and decided on some hearty meatballs!
I went with ground turkey for this recipe, and had to scrounge around the apartment a little for some substitutes. The meatballs had great texture and were perfect to add with any type of sauce. Overall this recipe ended up making about 45 medium sized meatballs.
What you will need -
2 pounds of ground turkey
1 - 8 ounce container of mini portebello mushrooms, finely chopped
1 jalapeno, finely chopped
1/3 cup of coconut flour
3 tbsp tomato paste
3 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp pepper
2 tsp salt
EVOO or cooking fat for cooking
Pre-heat oven to 410 degrees
Combine 3/4 of the mushroom and jalapeno mix, and saute in pan for about four minutes. Let cool before combining with rest of ingredients.
Mix all ingredients in a bowl with hands, including mushroom and jalapeno mix
Roll turkey meatball mixture into approximately one inch balls, and place aside
Heat 1 tbsp of EVOO in cast iron skillet until lightly smoking. Cook batches of meatballs until all sides of meatball have browned. Once browned, place in an oven safe dish until all meatballs have been cooked
Cook for about 10 minutes, or until insides are at 165
FUN OPTIONAL SAUCE!
As I was whipping up my meatballs, I had extra tomato sauce and mushrooms. I was feeling creative and made a spicy, curry like, sauce.
Combine 3 tbsp of tomato paste, a half cup of coconut milk, 1 tsp of garlic paste, 1 tsp of ginger paste, 1 - 2 tbsp of curry powder, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tbsp red pepper flakes, a few drops of fish oil, and rest of mushroom and jalapeno mix to a pan. Bring to a boil while stirring, and add water for desired consistency.
If you liked this recipe, check out the other recipes I have been using throughout my Whole30 journey!