Polenta with Turkey Meatballs & Marinara


Hey there– Home from our trip to Wisconsin (I’ll be sending along more travel pictures later.  I’m one of those moms who over-take photos, just ask my kids!).  I think I use this blog as a combination recipe file & family scrapbook.  So fun to look back at good fun & food memories. Anyway, so now we’re back to real food made in a kitchen, instead of fun nights out with the kids!

And this is a fine dinner (with more leftovers for other dinners!) that I found on Jasmine’s blog– at http://therichmondavenue.com  Her photos are beautiful, and it’s chock full of good practical recipes.  I think you’d like it.


1 pound ground turkey
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 egg
1/3 cup breadcrumbs
2 tab. parmesan cheese
1 tsp. dried basil
3/4 tsp. garlic salt
freshly ground pepper

Marina Sauce:
2 tab. olive oil
1 yellow onion, minced fine
6 cloves garlic, minced
28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. brown sugar (optional)
2/3 tsp. salt
freshly ground pepper

4 cups water
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup polenta cornmeal
3 tab. butter
1/2 cup parmesan cheese

To make the meatballs, combine the turkey, 2 cloves minced garlic, egg, bread crumbs, 2 tab. parmesan cheese, dried basil. garlic salt and a few twists of pepper.  It works best to just mush it all together with your hands!

Then form balls and set them on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray.  It makes about 20.  Pop them into a 400 degree oven for 15 to 20minutes until they are nicely browned and cooked through.

While they are cooking, make the marinara sauce.  Heat the 2 tab. of olive oil in a pan and then add in the chopped onion  Cook it for 3 to 4 minutes until it’s golden and then add in the 6 (!) cloves of garlic and cook for a minute more.  Then add in the crushed tomatoes, basil, sugar, salt and pepper.  Simmer for just 4 or 5 minutes while you start the polenta.

In a pan bring the 4 cups of water and 1/2 tsp. salt to a boil.  Then stir in the polenta and butter and cook, stirring for a few minutes until it thickens.  Then mix in the 1/2 cup parmesan.

To serve it all up, mix the cooked meatballs into the sauce.  On a platter, spread out the polenta and top it with the sauce and meatballs.  That’s it!  Supper on the table.


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