Really the Best Meatballs

I tried a new-to-me recipe for traditional meatballs at the end of last week.  It shouldn’t have happened, but it did.  You see, our favorite recipe for meatballs is just so amazingly fantastic that we shouldn’t ever stray from it.  Ever.

But I wanted to make spaghetti and meatballs (or spaghetti squash and meatballs), and I didn’t want to buy any additional meat products, so I strayed.

The meatballs in question are perfectly adequate.  They taste like meatballs.  But they aren’t special.  Giada’s Traditional Italian Meatballs?  Now those are special!  I never thought I would say that about meatballs.  They’re pretty basic, right?

photo from pinterest.com (on Giada's "Recipes I Love" board--a good place to look for recipes, if you ask me)

photo from pinterest.com (on Giada’s “Recipes I Love” board–a good place to look for recipes, if you ask me)

Not these meatballs.  I’m convinced that the perfection is in the meat combo–Italian sausage with ground turkey.  It manages to be a tiny bit healthy (the turkey) while being incredibly flavorful (the sausage).  Something about the texture is fluffier, too.  Om nom nom!

I hereby promise to be faithful to this meatball recipe in the future.  I’ll leave the ground beef for other endeavors.  I’ll also keep my fingers crossed that the rest of the week’s recipes fare better than the new meatballs.  Poor new meatballs.

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Happy Messy Midweek

Between a weekend away and normal life mess (read: two people who like to eat but not washing dishes), our house was getting pretty messy this week.  But then it got sunny, and it turned into my mid-week day off.  There are some advantages to Saturdays at work.

And yesterday, I made a discovery.  We have these two giant plants by our driveway entry.  Last year, I had no idea what these plants were.  Yesterday, I saw flowers:

ImageThey’re forsythia plants!!  They’re some of my favorite plants in spring, and soon ours will be covered in small yellow flowers.  That’s a good discovery for a Tuesday evening.

I followed up the garden happies with some cooking.  Today, after I destroyed 3/4 of my leftovers, it looked like this:

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Is it weird that I find a messy plate of spaghetti squash and tomato sauce beautiful?  I even like the tarnished fork tines and the one hiding meatball.

Whether you’re a fan of half-finished plates of food or not, I highly recommend this recipe.  I wanted to make turkey meatballs and spaghetti squash, and I decided to go with a very consistent recipe source–Giada.

She uses half ground turkey, half turkey Italian sausage, and that combo gives this dinner so much flavor!  There are tons of other tasty things mixed into the turkey mixture, too.  Mmm.  I’m a fan of baked meatballs.  I’ve made stovetop meatballs, and even though they’re equally delicious, they seem to take a fair bit of extra time.  There’s also a higher risk of your meatballs disintegrating into teeny tiny pieces if you go the stovetop route.  So baked.  Baked is the way to go.  The sauce is pretty great, too.

Now on this sunny day off, I’m babysitting a turkey on the smoker outside.  Fingers crossed on that one.  Scott is usually the turkey chef/babysitter in our family.  I’m hoping for crispy skin and smokey goodness.  Beginner’s luck?  Here’s hoping.

(P.S.  The option to add links isn’t working that well at the moment, but you can get to the two main Giada recipes by clicking on my picture above.  You can find tons of good recipes to help you roast spaghetti squash by searching online.  Martha Stewart’s recipe for roasted spaghetti squash is surprisingly simple and works just fine.)