TURKEY MEATBALLS AND OLIVE TAPENADE
Do you like olives? Do you like meatballs? Is eating healthy important to you? If you said, “YES,” you’re going to love these meatballs. Now, I must tell you up front, the homemade tapenade is a bit fancy, (meaning time consuming to make), but the taste is the best I’ve ever eaten, and there are left overs to enjoy later. I live in the country with fewer grocery store options, but you can buy ready made tapenade, or even pitted green olives ready to slice. My tapenade is spinach and olive made in the Pampered Chef manual food processor.
I rarely ever brag about how delicious my food is because I am a relatively new cook. (One of the reason’s I decided to become an Independent Pampered Chef Consultant.) But, OMG, this is has a great WOW factor. The fresh flavors made from scratch explode in your mouth. I’ve been used to eating black olives but these green olives is what I used.
Once you make the salty sauce, (tapenade), the rest is a breeze. I am a competitive chili cook. We like salt. Probably why I like this recipe because tapenade is salty. Any-hoo, making and cooking the meatballs is super simple, quick and easy. Using the MEDIUM SCOOP, is a dream is you don’t like to touch raw meat but you do like to eat it. The SMALL RIDGED BAKER, is my new best friend. I had no idea of the possibilities of cooking meat in the microwave until joining Pampered Chef and adding stoneware into my kitchen tool collection. (Just-wow!)
Pampered Chef stoneware is pretty famous…but this little guy has become one of my new best friend’s in the kitchen. Now, Turkey does not give off a lot of grease, but as I mentioned before, I love salty meat. Cooking bacon and country ham in this bad boy is awesome. The grease seeps to the bottom and your food does not float in it. Pampered Chef stoneware cooks meat in the microwave that tastes great! who knew? Of course, the stoneware is fabulous in oven, oh… I could go on and on. but won’t.
Cook the meatballs covered with parchment paper in the microwave 7 to 9 minutes. This is where your eyes can be deceiving. I am used to ground beef meatballs. Beef look’s brown in color. Turkey is white, and I slightly over cooked the first batch. I was looking for the brown color. Don’t over cook them. The second batch was much more moist.
As an Independent Pampered Chef Consultant, I am thrilled to share this fabulous recipe with you that our home office team developed. I hope you make it and tell me how you liked the results.
THE MILD FLAVOR OF TURKEY CREATES AN IDEAL CANVAS FOR BOTH SAVORY AND SWEET TAPENADES.
- 1 slice soft white sandwich bread
- 1 cup (250 mL) tapenade, any flavor (see Cooks Tip), divided
- 1 egg
- 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
- 1 lb (450 g) 93% lean ground turkey
- Tear bread; place in Manual Food Processor. Cover and pump handle until finely chopped. Combine bread crumbs, 1/2 cup (125 mL) of the tapenade, egg and salt in medium Bamboo Fiber Mixing Bowl; mix well using Mix ‘N Scraper®. Add turkey; mix well.
- Using slightly mounded Medium Scoop, scoop 20 meatballs directly into Small Ridged Baker in four rows of five each. Cover with Parchment Paper and microwave on HIGH 7-9 minutes or until internal temperature of meatballs reaches 160°F (71°C).
- Place remaining 1/2 cup (125 mL) tapenade in large Bamboo Fiber Mixing Bowl; transfer meatballs to bowl using Chef’s Tongs and toss gently to coat.
- 10 servings of 2 appetizers
Nutrients per serving:
Calories 110, Total Fat 7 g, Saturated Fat 1.5 g, Cholesterol 45 mg, Sodium 240 mg, Carbohydrate 3 g, Fiber 1 g, Protein 10 g
Spinach & Olive Tapenade, Roasted Red Pepper & Sun-Dried Tomato Tapenade, Artichoke Tapenade, Apple & Walnut Tapenade or Apricot & Fig Tapenade can be used in this recipe.
If using Apple & Walnut Tapenade or Apricot & Fig Tapenade, place 1/3 cup (75 mL) apple jelly into (1-cup/250-mL) Prep Bowl; microwave on HIGH 45-60 seconds or until melted. Combine with remaining 1/2 cup (125 mL) tapenade in large Bamboo Fiber Mixing Bowl; toss with cooked meatballs as directed above for a pretty, glazed finish.
U.S. Nutrients per serving (2 appetizers, average of sweet tapenades): Calories 140, Total Fat 4.5 g, Saturated Fat 1 g, Cholesterol 45 mg, Sodium 115 mg, Carbohydrate 15 g, Fiber 1 g, Protein 10 g