Sunday, June 12, 2011

Turkey Meatballs

Dick & I have been married almost 5 years, and just recently made my first batch of meatballs.  And I mean very first, like never in all my life before this have I made meatballs.  It was so easy, and they were so good, that I'm sure this won't be my last time.  In fact, Miss Betty Crocker gives this bit of advice to make the whole process that much more simpl:  "To save time, instead of shaping mixture into balls, pat mixture into a 9 x 3-inch rectangle in ungreased rectangular pan, 13 x 9 x 2 inches.  Cut into 1 1/2-inch squares; separate slightly.  Bake uncovered 25-30 minutes.  You can also use an ice cream scoop to form meatballs."  Sadly I did neither of these things because I tend not to read directions fully until it's too late.  But next time, I'll be set.

Turkey Meatballs
From Betty Crocker's Cookbook: Bridal Edition

1 lb. lean ground turkey
1/2 c. dry bread crumbs
1/4 c. milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 small onion, chopped (1/4 c.)
1 large egg


1. Heat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Mix all ingredients.  Shape mixture into twenty 1 1/2-inch meatballs.  Place in ungreased rectangular pan, 9 x 13 x 2 inches, or on a rack in broiler pan.
3. Bake uncovered 20-25 minutes or until no longer pink in center and juice is clear.

Serve with spaghetti, or as mini meatloaves.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

dream cheese-stuffed strawberries

my good friend mj is a whiz in the kitchen.  she really comes up with the most delicious recipes, and they are always a wonderous sight to behold, too!  this is one of the creations i've borrowed from her throughout our friendship, and i know that, like me, you won't be able to stop yourself from wolfing down about a million of them.  but we can justify all that cheese and sugar with the fact that we'll get all of our fruit servings in one sitting :)
i've already made these a few times this year, and they've been a HUGE hit with family & friends!

Dream Cheese-Stuffed Strawberries
From Michaela Johnson

24 large strawberries, washed & hulled
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 c. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla

1. mix the cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla together in a medium mixing bowl.  scrape it into a large ziplock bag & snip one of the corners off with scissors.
2. pipe the cream cheese mixture into the hulled strawberries.
3. refrigerate until ready to serve.
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