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Sunday, December 13, 2009

baked chicken {or turkey} meatballs.

i found this recipe on smitten kitchen, which is my favorite food blog. some of the recipes are a little too fancy for me, but i love to look at her gorgeous pictures of food!! check it out. oh and the meatballs turned out great! i'm sure you could use the same recipe with ground beef if you're not into ground poultry :)

3 slices italian bread, torn into small bits {1 cup}
1/3 cup milk
3 oz sliced pancetta, finely chopped {can be substituted with canadian bacon}
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 small clove garlic, minced
1 large egg
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 lb ground chicken or turkey
2 Tbsp tomato paste, divided
3 Tbsp finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

preheat oven to 400. soak bread in milk in a small bowl until softened, about 4 minutes.

cook pancetta, onion, and garlic in one Tbsp olive oil with 1/2 tsp each of salt and pepper in a large skillet over medium heat until onion is softened, about 6 minutes. cool slightly.

squeeze bread to remove excess milk, then discard milk. lightly beat egg in a large bowl, then combine with chicken {or turkey} 1 Tbsp tomato paste, pancetta mixture, bread & parsley. form 12 {large} meatballs and arrange in a 9x13 baking dish.

stir together remaining Tbsps of tomato paste and olive oil. brush over meatballs, then bake until meatballs are cooked through, about 20 minutes.

i served them with pasta & marinara sauce. yuuummm!

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