OMG!!!!!! Fall is coming!
You know all of those things going around the internet making fun of people who like the fall? I am all of those things. I get so giddy this time of year, why can’t every season be fall?!?! I’ll drink way too many PSL and eat too much pumpkin based pastry but I’ll love every minute of it. I have already sent the hubby a list of fall activities that I must do. The only downside is that Fall ends as quickly as it begins. I have to hurry up and get it all in before the snow comes and forces me to sit in the house under a blanket…that doesn’t actually sound horrible.
As a result of the seasonal change I am really inspired to make food that warms my entire body. You know, the kind of food that makes you say MMMMMMmmmmmmm the moment you put a forkful in your mouth. I can curl up on a couch with a bowl of this and never move.
The only downside to all of this seasonal change is that I sort of refuse to change out my wardrobe. As a result of moving, I haven’t successfully put away all of the clothes I had out for summer. The idea of switching everything out for fall is too much for my head to handle. Perhaps as the weekend approaches I’ll feel brave enough to take on this task. For now, I’ll continue to believe that it will be 80 degrees outside.
Also, yes for giant meatballs!!!!! I think I’ll only make giant meatballs now. Meatballs have been making waves in the food scene, I think every city has a meatball place now. I don’t mind jumping on the bandwagon of that trend.
I keep talking about the meatballs that I am forgetting that perfect of what makes this dish so comforting is the tomato sauce. This sauce could not have been easier to make. All I did was roast tomatoes and garlic in the oven and blended them to make a sweet, tomato, garlic sauce that pairs perfectly with these mashed potatoes.
Turkey Meatballs Over Parmesan Mash
1 Pkg. Ground Turkey
1/4 Onion Diced
1/2 Cup Plain Breadcrumbs
1/2 Tsp. Paprika
1/2 Tsp. Salt
1/4 Tsp. Rosemary
1/4 Tsp. Oregano
1/2 Tsp. Garlic Salt
1/2 Tsp. White Pepper
2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1 Tbsp. Butter
Parmesan Mashed Potatoes (Recipe Below)
Roasted Tomato and Garlic Sauce (Recipe Below)
Combine ground turkey and all ingredients up through egg in a small bowl. Mix everything together with hands being careful not to overwork the meat. Grabbing a handful of turkey, lightly form the turkey into balls and set aside. In a skillet heat olive oil over medium heat. Add butter and melt. Add meatballs to the pan and brown on all sides. Remove meatballs from the pan and place on a cookie sheet. Continue to cook meatballs by placing in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until done (165 degrees). Place 2-3 meatballs on top of a healthy scoop of potatoes and ladle sauce on top. Sprinkle with additional parmesan cheese and enjoy! You may also serve with peas or other veggies.
Parmesan Mashed Potatoes
4 Medium Potatoes Peeled and Quartered
3 Tbsp. Sour Cream
2 Tbsp. Butter
1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
Salt and Pepper
Place potatoes in a pot and cover with water. Cook until potatoes are done, they should be tender when you poke with a fork. Drain potatoes and return to pan. Add remaining ingredients to the pan and mash together, careful not to overwork your potatoes they can get gummy. Season with salt and pepper to taste. If needed add a little milk to create a smoother texture.
Roasted Tomato Garlic Sauce
4 Large Tomatoes Quartered
3 Large Cloves of Garlic Peeled
2 Tsp. Balsamic Vinegar
2 Tsp. Grated Parmesan
Salt and Pepper
Heat an oven to 375. Line a sheet pan with foil. In a small bowl combine tomatoes, garlic, balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Lightly toss to ensure everything is coated in oil. Spread tomato and garlic on sheet pan and place in the oven. Roast in oven for 20 minutes or until the tomatoes start to wrinkle. Carefully remove tomatoes and garlic and place in blender, pulse until smooth. Add parmesan cheese and salt and pepper to taste. You can pour sauce into a sauce pan and keep warm until ready to use.