Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Turkey Meatball Sandwiches

I pulled some ground turkey from the freezer this morning and imagined what to do with it during the work day. My family usually complains about dinners made with ground turkey, so I sought to surprise them with a hearty, comforting meal. Inspired by Smitten Kitchen's recipe for meatball subs, I picked up some Gruyere cheese and hoagie rolls at Trader Joe's on the way home and got to work. My guys were charmed, and I was once again a hero at the dinner table.

Turkey Meatball Sandwiches

1 lb. ground turkey
1/4 cup parsley, minced
1 large shallot, minced
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1/2 tsp. hot red pepper flakes
1/2 cup Gruyere cheese, grated
salt and pepper to taste
1 jar your favorite spaghetti sauce
1 large onion, sliced
1 cup baby bell peppers, halved
Hoagie rolls
More cheese for garnish

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a large bowl, mix the turkey, parsley, shallot, egg, milk, hot red pepper flakes, milk, bread crumbs and cheese. Form into 1.5-inch meatballs; place on a piece of parchment paper on a large cookie sheet. On another cookie sheet, toss the sliced onions and peppers with a generous amount of olive oil; salt and pepper. Roast the meatballs and the peppers in the oven until the meatballs are cooked and the peppers and onions begin to caramelize. Meanwhile, heat the spaghetti sauce in a large saucepan. Remove the meatballs from the cookie sheet and simmer in the sauce for 10 minutes or until the flavors meld. While the meatballs heat up in the sauce, open up the hoagie rolls and pull some of the excess bread out of the middle of the rolls. Place three meatballs on each roll, nap with some of the sauce, and top with the roasted peppers and onions. Garnish with a bit more cheese. Serve with salad.

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