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green curry turkey meatballs

I spent the past week in Portland, soaking up rainy weather and over-indulging in some of the most delicious meals I’ve ever eaten. In a lot of ways, Portland was a reset of inspiration for me. Food there is fantastic, but not showy, covered with intentionality and quality. Each time I ate out, I noticed that the food there was mindful and local- created to be an experience of dining. I loved it. Truthfully, that is half of the reason I love food so much- the experience and the memories we create over a dinner together are life lasting, and good food is a vehicle to set the stage for those experiences.

With experience in mind, I love creating dishes that are comforting and inviting. This green curry turkey meatball dish is one that I first made with two of my best friends in Madison. It was a lazy September afternoon, and we ended up cooking for hours, and eating even longer, together over whiskey and wine. It’s a pretty simple dish that is tactile and delicious, and a perfect one for a comfortable and memorable evening in.

Green Curry Turkey Meatballs
Makes 18 meatballs

Ingredients:

Meatballs:
1lb ground turkey
2 tablespoons mayonaise
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup spinach, finely chopped
3 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
1 egg
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup breadcrumbs

Curry Sauce:
2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 can(13.5-ounce each) unsweetened coconut milk
2 tablespoons green curry paste
Juice from two lemons
1 tablespoon coconut sugar

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
Grease a large baking sheet with olive oil or spray.
In a large bowl, combine all of your meatball ingredients.
Using your hands, mix all of the ingredients until well combined. Form the mixture into 18 tablespoon size meatballs.
Place on your baking sheet and pop in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until they are fully cooked through.

While your meatballs are baking, make your green curry.
In a saucepan, lightly brown your garlic in your olive oil. Add coconut milk, curry paste, and sugar and bring to a simmer while stirring lightly.

Once your meatballs are cooked, add them into the sauce and simmer for 6-8 minutes. Add your lime juice and serve warm over rice or pasta.

Photos by the bests. Paper Antler.

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