French Onion style Turkey Meatballs
One of the best recipes so far!
4 T. olive oil
2 yellow onions, sliced very thin
1 lb. ground turkey
4 garlic cloves, minced
8 oz. block of gruyere cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
3 T. fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 cups beef broth or stock
1 T. flour
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
Add olive oil to a large oven-safe saute pan on medium heat. Using a mandolin, slice onions very thin. Add sliced onions and cook slowly about 20 minutes until onions are browned. Once the onions are golden and carmelized, remove to a plate and set aside.
Preheat oven to 350°. Chop half the caramelized onions - they will get added to the meat mixture.
In a large mixing bowl add turkey, minced garlic, 1/2 cup gruyere, parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, parsley, the chopped onions and pepper and mix gently to combine. Don't overmix or the meatballs will get tough.
Using your hands or a large cookie scoop, form 1-inch meatballs.
Using the same skillet that you cooked the onions in, add 2 T. olive oil and heat. Add meatballs and cook for 2 minutes per sides or until browned on the outside. You are not looking to cook completely since they are going in the oven.
Whisk together beef stock and flour until there are no lumps. Pour the mixture into the skillet with the meatballs. Add the remaining caramelized onions and 1/4 teaspoon of thyme. Top the meatballs with the remaining gruyere cheese.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the sauce is bubbling in the pan around the edges. Serve immediately. I made a fresh loaf of sourdough and ate the meatballs on a wedge of bread. YUM!
Also served with roasted bell peppers.
Preheat oven to 450°
Using mini bell peppers. Fill the bottom of a small casserole dish with peppers (approx 1.5 lbs peppers). Add about 1/4 cup olive oil and a few dashes of balsamic vinegar (3 T). Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss to coat the pepper. Roast until blistered and you see some brown spots - approximately 20-25 minutes.
You can roast these while you are preparing the meatballs.