Over the past few months, Kenya has veered away from eating meat and chicken for the most part. However, for whatever reason, there is one meat dish I make which he finds hard to resist_ meatballs. Especially these Meatloaf Meatballs.
I'm not sure if Kenya's general aversion to meat is a texture or taste issue. He devours fruit, vegetables and carbs, but meat just seems less and less enticing to him. Interested to figure out why, last week I made a batch of one of his old favorite recipes, Teriyaki Meatballs, just to see if it still held any appeal. It did and then some. He inhaled a dozen, so I surmised he still must have a taste for turkey and beef that's ground, bite-sized and well seasoned.
Playing around with more meatball ideas that Kenya might like, I merged two classics, meatloaf and meatballs, into....Meatloaf Meatballs! They're made with everything you'd expect to find in meatloaf, like chopped bell peppers, onions, herbs and ketchup, only conveniently packaged in an easy-to-hold ball shape.
These were a total hit with both kids. To add a bit more fun to this dish, I serve the meatballs skewered with toothpicks so the kids can easily dip them in ketchup or BBQ sauce. They're also an ideal leftover addition to the lunchbox. The recipe name may sound like a mouthful, but isn't that a good thing? Even my little vegetarian seems to think so.
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Meatloaf Meatballs (makes 30 meatballs)
- 1/2 onion, diced small
- 1/2 bell pepper, diced small
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 pound ground turkey, dark or light meat
- 1/2 teaspoon italian herbs
- 1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
1. Preheat the oven to 375F degrees.
2. Heat the oil in a saute pan over medium heat.
3. Add the onions, bell pepper, and garlic, and cook for 5 minutes, until the veggies are soft.
4. Remove the veggies from the heat and allow to cool.
5. In a bowl, mix together the cooled veggies, ground turkey, italian herbs and salt, until well combined.
6. Using a 1 tablespoon measure, form the mixture into meatballs, and place in a greased baking dish.
7. Bake for 20 minutes, until cooked through.
Note: You can also sauté the meatballs over medium heat for 4-5 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally, and cover for 1 additional minute.