A blast from the past: Cheesy Turkey Meatballs

I think there is a special place in the after world for people who spend their days creating viruses for the sole purpose of destroying other people’s computers.  My computer is 100% completely blotto right now; to the point where I can’t even bring up Windows.

It all happened so quickly I barely had time to realize.  One minute I’m hunting around the internet for a recipe using a whole chicken and tomatoes (it was delicious by the way) and the next I’m staring at a black screen wondering what just hit my computer.

As a result, I’m now operating on my 6 year old’s  7 year old Dell computer with no picture editing software and no access to my server where I store all my pictures. I’m sure you can hear the whining violins setting in about now, no?

So, I’m going to do the only thing I can do at this point.  Run around the neighborhood cursing the virus gods, and then come back inside and, with as much grace as I can muster, throw up an oldie but goodie as a place holder until we can get the problem solved.

I looked back at the past 10 months (can you believe it’s been that long?  I sure can’t!) and decided I would revive my Cheesy Turkey Meatballs for another run at the glory.  I picked this recipe, because not only are they delicious, kid friendly, and easy, but they will make a great appetizer for your upcoming holiday soirees.

Here’s what you’ll need to put them together.

Ingredients Needed:

1 Pound of Ground Turkey
1/2 Cup of Breadcrumbs
1 Egg
1/2 tsp of Salt
1 tsp of Worcestershire
1/4 Cup of Milk
1 Carrot, Shredded
1/4 Onion, Chopped
1/2 Cup of Shredded Cheddar
1 Clove of Garlic, Minced
1/4 tsp Pepper
1 Cup BBQ Sauce

Add together in a large bowl your turkey, breadcrumbs, egg, salt, Worcestershire, milk, carrot, onion, cheese, garlic and pepper.

Mix it together well. I actually use my hands to mix it together (after a good washing of course). It’s just easier and you’re going to need to get dirty anyway to make the meatballs. Once you’ve mixed it up good, grab small handfuls of your meat mixture, roll them into balls.

Heat up about a tablespoon of oil in a large skillet on medium high heat. When the oil is heated up, drop your balls into the pan.

Cook ‘em up for about 5 to 10 minutes, flipping to all sides, until they are cooked through. Once they are cooked up, drain any leftover oil and add in your bbq sauce.

I used a homemade version that I found in my Better Homes and Gardens grilling cookbook, but you can, of course, use any sauce that fits your fancy. Let the balls and sauce heat up and then serve. And it’s just that simple.

Wish me luck on this computer recovery.  Hopefully I’ll have it fixed and running again by Wednesday!

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Cheesy Turkey Meatballs

Ingredients:

1 Pound of Ground Turkey
1/2 Cup of Breadcrumbs
1 Egg
1/2 tsp of Salt
1 tsp of Worcestershire
1/4 Cup of Milk
1 Carrot, Shredded
1/4 Onion, Chopped
1/2 Cup of Shredded Cheddar
1 Clove of Garlic, Minced
1/4 tsp Pepper
1 Cup BBQ Sauce

Directions:

Add together in a large bowl your turkey, breadcrumbs, egg, salt, Worcestershire, milk, carrot, onion, cheese, garlic and pepper.

Mix it together well. I actually use my hands to mix it together (after a good washing of course). It's just easier and you're going to need to get dirty anyway to make the meatballs. Once you've mixed it up good, grab small handfuls of your meat mixture, roll them into balls.

Heat up about a tablespoon of oil in a large skillet on medium high heat. When the oil is heated up, drop your balls into the pan.

Cook 'em up for about 5 to 10 minutes, flipping to all sides, until they are cooked through. Once they are cooked up, drain any leftover oil and add in your bbq sauce.


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21 Responses to “A blast from the past: Cheesy Turkey Meatballs”

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    Katerina — December 6, 2010 @ 8:18 am

    I just hate when something happens to my computer especially to this high extend as your damage. I hope you will be able to restore it. These meatballs look delicious.

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    Kim @ Quit Eating Out {Recipes to Make Dining Out a Choice, Not a Chore} — December 6, 2010 @ 8:56 am

    I can’t believe that happened to you! Do you know how you got the virus {ie: clicking on a site, etc}?? Oh I hope you can get it fixed… That’s gotta be so frustrating. However, I LOVE this recipe and am super happy you brought it back. I’m trying to make healthier recipes for dinner {to combat my ever growing thighs as I cook/eat my way thru the holiday season}… and using ground turkey is a great way to do that. Thanks for sharing. Best wishes to getting your computer fixed asap!!!

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    Faith — December 6, 2010 @ 9:58 am

    I am sorry about the problems with your computer. My hubby is in the networking security department so he takes care of thses problems. He recommends Kaspersky Antivirus.

    Now to the good part. Those meatballs are like little drops of heaven. I really love how you’ve combined turkey with cheese to make this wonderful dish. Great job as usual Jolie!

    Have a great week ahead.

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    Jessica Nunemaker — December 6, 2010 @ 12:38 pm

    Oh how awful! Nothing worse than computer problems!

    Just two words for you: Firefox and WOT (Web of Trust). It lets you know what sites are rated “risky” so you know if a site is a fake or trying to take your info, etc. Very useful (and free).

    These look pretty good! I might just have to make these, too. You haven’t steered me wrong yet!

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    Anna Johnston — December 6, 2010 @ 1:54 pm

    Oh gosh.., I’m so sorry to hear your computer is doing the death rattle…, I get really stressed when I loose my computer fretting about loosing stuff I’ve saved on it. Fingers cross all will be well.
    Lovin’ the oldie but goldie….. your so right…, can this recipe ever get old… I think not.

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    Sommer @ A Spicy Perspective — December 6, 2010 @ 2:18 pm

    Hey I didn’t see them the first time around, so I’m glad you brought them back!

    Sorry about the computer issues! I know that stinks! I could tell you where those people go, but it wouldn’t be polite! ;)

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    blackbookkitchendiaries — December 6, 2010 @ 5:15 pm

    wow this meatballs looks so yummy!! thanks for sharing this.

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    Bibi — December 6, 2010 @ 5:27 pm

    Computer crushes are the worst. It happened to me few times and I was like a fish out of the water.

    Those turkey meatballs look absolutely delicious.

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    Biren @ Roti n Rice — December 6, 2010 @ 6:08 pm

    Sorry to hear about your computer. I can totally sympathize with you as I had my computer woes not too long ago. I ended up getting a new computer. Hope yours can be easily resolved.

    This cheesy turkey meatballs are just what I need for this cold weather.

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    Juliana — December 6, 2010 @ 6:30 pm

    Julie, what a great idea of adding cheese into the meatball, must taste SO SO good :-) Sorry to hear about the computer issues…

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    rebecca — December 6, 2010 @ 10:51 pm

    they look great love re visiting great recipes so sorry about your computer hugs Rebecca

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    5 Star Foodie — December 6, 2010 @ 11:01 pm

    I love the cheese in the meatballs and very delicious with the bbq sauce too! hope your computer problems get solved very soon!

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    debbie — December 7, 2010 @ 9:04 am

    I just can’t comprehend what people get out of creating those viruses. Like you, I believe there is a special place for them!
    Came over from SITS to say hi.

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    Emily Z — December 7, 2010 @ 9:48 am

    I am SO sorry to hear about your computer. If we lived closer, I’d offer up my husband’s computer services… he does IT for a living and fixes computers on the side. I do hope you get things resolved soon, you will be missed in the meantime. And these turkey meatballs look delicious! Hang in there!

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    Joey @ Big Teeth & Clouds — December 7, 2010 @ 10:04 am

    Those look yummy! I’m sorry that happened to your computer. I tried explaining computer viruses to my daughter the other day. My computer has a woman that periodically says, “virus database has been updated” and Julia wanted to know all about it. There’s just no explanation for it. People are randomly mean.

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    Laura in Cancun — December 7, 2010 @ 12:59 pm

    My mom makes cheesy sausageballs… these look similar, but healthier!

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    Christina — December 7, 2010 @ 1:07 pm

    Those sound delicious! Sorry about your computer, hope you get it back up and running again soon!

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    Monet — December 7, 2010 @ 4:22 pm

    Bless your sweet heart. Viruses are the worst (both computer and the bodily variety). I will be sending healing thoughts your way. I hope you can get your computer up and running again. These meatballs are delicious though!

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    grace — December 8, 2010 @ 1:48 am

    i’m not sure which i hate more–viruses infecting me or viruses infecting my computer. :)
    these little orbs of meat are awesome, by the way. i like ‘em cheesy.

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    Victoria — December 8, 2010 @ 11:48 am

    I made these and didn’t have time to put any sauce on them before my two boys (15 and 16) and my husband pounced. They liked them just as they were and so that is how I served them. This recipe is definitely getting into my book. Thanks so much for sharing.

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    Maranda — December 12, 2010 @ 6:23 pm

    Oh those do look yummy. Thanks for reviving them. Sorry about your computer!

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