Wednesday, December 5, 2012

You Gotta Burrata

After seeing this heavenly picture on Pinterest, I made a dash for the store to see if these Spicy Turkey Meatballs with Burrata lived up to their photogenic hype.  Sure enough they did and shockingly they're even better in person if you can believe it.  It's a match made in heaven. If only dating had been this easy back in the day.

Since I knew I would be tight on time with cooking, I bought pre-made turkey meatballs from Whole Foods and Mario Batali tomato sauce.  It made my prep about 5 minutes tops.  Since I was serving it with burnt broccoli, the entire meal cost me about 30 minutes.  Pretty affordable if you ask me.

The recipe after the jump (adapted from Ambitious Kitchen)

12-16 pre-made turkey meatballs (raw)
2 cups tomato sauce (I recommend Mario Batali)
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
4-5 large basic leaves, chopped
4-6 oz Burrata cheese, cut to layer the dish

1) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
2) Bake meatballs as directed.  I baked mine for about 25 minutes until they had an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
3) Meanwhile, as the meatballs are baking, heat a medium saucepan on medium-low heat and add tomato sauce, oregano, and red pepper flakes.  Allow to heat through.  Sauce will thicken.
4) Once the meatballs are done baking, add them to an 8" x 8" baking dish; spoon the tomato sauce generously over the meatballs and add the basil. 
5) Top with sliced burrata 
6) Bake for an additional 5-10 minutes until bubbly. 

If you can't find pre-made meatballs, here's the recipe for some from Ambitiouskitchen:
1 lb 93% ground turkey
1 egg
2 tbsp breadcrumbs
1 tsp dried oregano
2 tbsp fresh basil, minced
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp dijon mustard
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients.  Roll into 16-22 meatballs. 

 PC: Ambitious Kitchen

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