Saturday, August 1, 2009

Lean Meaballs and the Congressman...

I like to be prepared should any member of congress drop in to discuss the stimulus bill that does not seem to be stimulating the economy in many areas of our great country. So what should a person serve during these lean and thrifty times especially to such an important person as a congressman? I have the perfect recipe. Lean and delicious turkey meatballs. I need to stimulate my congressman's taste buds to keep him around my table just long enough to hear my 2 cents. Honestly, I am lucky to still have 2 cents left in my wallet these days after my trips to the grocery store. Don't you agree? I discuss how beneficial it is to serve turkey meatballs to the American public instead of meatballs that are laden with pork. I point out how turkey will not clog arteries resulting in a much smoother run system.

When my congressman tastes my turkey meatballs he will agree that they are much more stimulating then pork meatballs and a healthier alternative. As soon as he returns to DC, he promises to tell his constituents in Congress that the American people do not need to eat any more pork laden meatballs. He will suggest that lean turkey is the perfect solution to help all Americans.

Ah, if only it was as simple as changing government one meatball at a time!

(low fat comfort food)

1 1/2 lbs. ground turkey
2/3 cups fine dry bread crumbs (I use Italian flavor bread crumbs)
1/4 cup finely chopped onions
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 egg or egg white or egg beater
Assorted herbs (oregano, basil, Italian parsley)
Salt & pepper (do not over salt as turkey will not need much salt)

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until combined.
Form into 2 inch balls, and place in a lightly oiled baking pan.
Cook 350 for 20 minutes.
Serve hot with sauce.
Makes 10 meatballs.

*I took a cooking class at the Kroger cooking school in Georgia many years ago and this recipe was included in our class. Since turkey has less fat then beef be careful with herbs and salt as it will not wash out. So less is more. The recipe never did come with the exact herb measurements.


  1. Yum! Yum! Judi and I just harvested our herbs. After drying we mixed up a batch of Italian herb mix. It works great for things like turkey meat balls, Soup and pizza. Good eats

  2. Looks great! I think I have some ground turkey that I should be using up. Now I know what I'm going to do with it :)

  3. Okay girl...Firt off the meat balls look great! I'm not to thrilled with the congressmen either but that "Birthday Present" on your side bar!... I'm all about that!! Whoo-hoo, xoxo~Kathy~ @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

  4. I've been browsing through your recipes and they all sound so good!


  5. I could use some of these meatballs right about now myself. ~ Robyn

  6. oh i made turkey meatballs recently for the first time, love yours and yep healthy to

  7. Yes, I agree, going to the grocery store these days takes careful planning. Sis and I check out all the weeks BOGO offers and since all the markets are within a few blocks of each other, we usually hit each one for their specials.

    I haven't had pork or beef meatballs for at least twenty years, I prefer turkey, chicken or meatless. Your recipe sounds excellent!

  8. We make turkey burgers with much of the same ingredients (less the Italian influence) and add a bunch of cilantro and a smokey chipotle hot sauce...Oh baby!

  9. This sounds good and delicious :D

  10. Your grandsons are precious too. I love seeing their activities too. That arranged marriage thing might work... AR's dad is never going to let her date!

    Love your post about the pork in Washington!! Someone just sent this prayer, attributed to Billy Graham, to my email so I could forward it to lots of people (which I never do) but it says a lot about what's wrong in Washington BESIDES all the pork-barrel spending:

    'Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have done.. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.. We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem. We have abused power and called it politics.. We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and Set us free. Amen!'

    Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on his radio program, 'The Rest of the Story,' and received a larger response to this program than any other he has ever aired. With the Lord's help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and wholeheartedly become our desire so that we again can be called 'One nation under God..'

  11. All of congress needs to cut the pork ..

  12. To Peg @ Bloomfield Farms .. I suggest you make your friend. That email you got is an urban legend . not true .. not at all

  13. Joyce, thank you for visiting my blog! I am happy to meet new food bloggers, and I will be sure to follow you on my reader!!

  14. LOL!!! You are a kind host to want to serve such a nice meal...I, however, would choose to serve up a little of what they dish out all the would be hot & steamy...a big plate of BULL CRAPP on a silver platter for him or her of the congress!!!

  15. Turkey meatballs are great... and indeed healthier than pork meatballs!


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