dijon blue poppyseed turkey meatballs w/ mixed greens

In appetizers, culinary experiments, dinner, lunch, side dishes, tapas on 04.14.11 at 9:16 pm

homemade meatballs = the ultimate weeknight culinary experiment. i don’t know what compelled me to make homemade meatballs from scratch that evening, especially with not much time to prep dinner. but i suppose once you start, there’s no turning back! :)

what surprised me about this culinary experiment was that you don’t necessarily need an egg to make meatballs stick together. (read: i didn’t have any eggs in the fridge at the time and need to go grocery shopping.) the mustard blend & a dash of olive oil seemed to do the trick! holla!

meatball seasoning:
combine the following ingredients in large prep bowl & set aside.
– 1 tomato (diced)
– 2.5 tsp dijon mustard
– 2.5 tsp old-style mustard
– dash of salt
– 1/2 tsp quatre épices (four-spice blend of ground pepper, cloves, nutmeg & ginger or cinnamon)
– 1 tsp blue poppyseed
– 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil (evoo)

meatball mixture:
– add 1 cup breadcrumbs (crushed in mortar & pestle) to meatball seasoning in large prep bowl
– add 1 pkg extra-lean ground turkey
– drizzle 1 tsp evoo
– mix ingredients until fully incorporated, using your hands to combine well

– heat 1 tbsp evoo in large saucepan on medium heat
– roll meatballs (about 1.5 inches in diameter) and place on large plate or baking sheet to set. makes approx 18-20 large meatballs.

– cook 10-12 meatballs in saucepan on medium heat, for 7-8 min (turning from side to side) until golden brown all around and cooked through.
(tip: be careful not to crowd the meatballs in the saucepan, so they can cook evenly through. best to check if the meatballs are cooked by cutting one open to check for no pinkness inside.) 

food styling:
– plate with a bed of organic mixed greens
– no need for salad dressing, since dijon meatball seasoning is quite flavorful already.
– i’m guessing these meatballs would also be a fantastic addition to a pasta dish.

  1. Looks like a cool twist. I bet this would be a good approach for a meatloaf too.


    • they were definitely jam-packed with flavour! good call on a meatloaf variation. i’ve never made meatloaf before, but i guess there’s a first time for everything! :)


  2. Excellent post thanks for sharing. Food is something I can enjoy all around. If I’m not eating it. I’m reading and looking at pictures about it.

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