I’m Baaaaack with Spicy Turkey Meatballs

Ina Garten's Spicy Turkey MeatballsOK folks, I know I’ve been a way for quite some time.   Over the last few months, we had a lot going on in the H. household!  We *FINALLY* moved into our new home (with my awesome new kitchen)!  I’ll be sure to post some new photos — as soon as I finish unpacking all of the boxes!  Between the packing, moving and the holidays it’s been a zoo around here.  For the past 2 months or so we’ve been eating out almost every night.  And, not only is that expensive, but it gets old…really quick!  I missed my stove.  I would actually lay in bed at night thinking about all of the dishes I wanted to cook when my kitchen was ready.

One thing I noticed as I unpacked my pantry items was that I had waaaay too much pasta!  So, that meant spaghetti and meatballs!  And, I knew right where to look to find a new recipe to try….Ina Garten’s (the Barefoot Contessa) newest cookbook, How Easy is That?  I had that amazing opportunity to meet Ina in person at a book signing (you can read about it here)!  I absolutely adore her!  What I wouldn’t give to watch a living taping of her show!  This recipe is the first recipe I’m testing from her newest book!

 

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These meatballs were perfect!  You would never know that they were turkey either.  There is so much flavor packed into this recipe, with a little zip from the crushed red pepper.  Just enough to amp up the flavor factor but not too spicy.  I absolutely LOVED the texture too!  The whole family liked these.  It gets an enthusiastic thumbs up from my clan!

I highly recommend picking up a copy of Ina’s cookbook too!  It’s definitely a keeper!  The recipes are pretty easy and she really shows you how to entertain effortlessly!  And, there are so many great recipes in there — like Lemon Chicken Breasts and Cranberry Apple Cake and Garlic Roasted Cauliflower and….(I could go on and on and on)!

Do you have this cookbook (or any other Ina Garten book)?  If so, what’s your favorite recipe?

Christina

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