monster turkey meatballs with charred green beans

We did the monster meatball mash. It was a dinnertime smash. [We did the mash]. The green beans cooked in a flash. Are you singing yet? Good.

By: Anna Decker / 10/19/2015

These turkey meatballs stay light and fluffy with the addition of plenty of Parmesan. Just be sure to reserve some for serving. Served on top of toasted ciabatta and alongside some quickly charred green beans, this dinner has family fun written all over it. Do the meatball mash. Cook, relax and enjoy!

What you’ll need:

1.5 oz Parmesan 6.75 oz whole milk ½ cup panko ½ teaspoon dried oregano 12 oz ground turkey 1 red onion 2 cloves garlic 28 oz can whole peeled tomatoes 8 oz green beans 3 ciabatta rolls olive oil coarse salt freshly ground black pepper 1 large egg


large pot 2 rimmed baking sheets

Recipe steps:

  1. Make meatball base

    Preheat broiler with rack 6-inches from heat. Grate cheese. Mix ⅓ cup milk (reserve rest for another use), panko, oregano, 1 teaspoon salt, egg, and ⅔ cheese in a bowl. Add turkey, using a fork to incorporate. Divide into 6 large meatballs; place on a rimmed baking sheet.

  2. Make sauce

    Trim root from onion. Halve, peel, and finely chop. Peel and finely chop garlic. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large pot over medium-high. Add onion and garlic and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes.

  3. Finish sauce

    Add tomatoes, breaking up with a spoon, and season with 1 teaspoon salt and several grinds black pepper. Bring to a simmer, stirring often, and cook until slightly reduced, about 10 minutes.

  4. Broil meatballs

    Meanwhile, broil meatballs, flipping halfway through, until lightly browned on both sides, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer meatballs to sauce and continue to simmer until cooked through, 8–10 minutes.

  5. Broil green beans

    Trim green beans and toss with 1 tablespoon oil on a rimmed baking sheet and season with ½ teaspoon salt and several grinds pepper. Broil until lightly charred, about 6–8 minutes.

  6. Make toast and serve

    Split rolls in half and drizzle with olive oil. Broil, cut-side up, until lightly toasted, about 3 minutes. Top each half of roll with a meatball and spoon sauce over. Top with remaining cheese and serve with broiled green beans.

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