Texas Recipes: Life-Changing Turkey Meatballs with Vodka Sauce and Spinach

Monday, December 23, 2013
Seriously. Life-changing.

If you're wanting to wow the crowds, wow yourself, woo a potential husband, or prove to your father that you can whip up a mean meal, MAKE THIS DISH.

My dad was already a fan of my Cajun Bouchées à la Reine and my Strawberry Pizza Christmas Cookies, but I think this recipe is what made him a true believer. And folks. It's ridiculously easy to make. And it's healthy! Win/win! Especially because if you're anything like me during this holiday season, you probably need a break from All of the Fatty Foods and Chocolate.

First, preheat your oven to 350. Then get your old fashioned oats, and process them until you've got you some fiiiine lookin' oats....


And if you don't have any oats around, you can substitute them for a 1/4 cup of breadcrumbs. I just happen to have like 4,000 tubs of oats lying around my kitchen, soooo....

Then you chop up (or process if you're lazy like me/sob like an idiot any time you are within 2 feet of an onion) your onion until you've got you some fiiiine lookin'....


Then combine the aforementioned oats and onions, along with the ground turkey, egg, salt, pepper, parsley, and oregano. And I don't care what your political affiliation is, go totally liberal with those seasonings.

Seriously, who gave this girl a blog?

Get your hands in there. Mix that stuff like there's no tomorrow. And form the cutest little meatballs this side of the Mississippi.

Give your non-stick pan a little spray of oil (listen, sometimes it's best to play it safe), and fry those puppies up over medium-high heat, until they're good and brown on each side, roughly 5-10 minutes.

Pop those beautiful little meatballs into your finest casserole dish that may or may not have a giant chunk missing from one of the handles because you may or may not have accidentally smashed it against a subway pillar in New York a year ago.

I cropped the handle in question out of all of these photos so you'll never know....

Pour the entire jar of your favorite vodka sauce all over those ground turkey delights. I used store-bought, but if you're fancy and ambitious, by all means, make your own!

Pop 'em into the oven, and let them cook for roughly 40 minutes, or until their internal temperature reaches 165.

While they are cooking, feel free take a nap under your favorite chair and manage to look equal parts adorable and ridiculous:

Or you can whip up some snazzy sides:

Pictured: Sauteed asparagus with seasoned salt
Get out your spinach.

Top your meatballs with said spinach, and pop them back in the oven for a few more minutes. You may even want to broil them (I know I did). Do this until the spinach wilts. Allow yourself time to take an "artsy" picture.

And wow the crowds!

Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays everyone!


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