But as I was rooting around in the freezer, I ran across some ground turkey and a light bulb went on over my head.
OK, so I hit the light switch with my elbow.
I wanted to give it some Asian style oomph so I did what any self respecting cook would do. I typed Asian Meatballs with Ground Turkey into a search engine and found several sites. And they all had something in common, actually they had a lot in common.
this one then this one, with the exact same recipe. And the final site I checked out.
They all had turkey, green onions, bread crumbs, sesame oil and an egg in common.
I figured I was on track then. I had all the ingredients so I went to town.
Well, not really, I didn't want to go to town, I just wanted to use what I had on hand.
So, I thawed out a pound of turkey, and added an egg, some panko bread crumbs, sesame oil, chopped green onions (scallions if you prefer), chopped cilantro, soy sauce, some grated ginger and a little more sesame oil. Mixed it all up and fried a little of the meatball mixture to see if I had the seasoning right.
The time to correct seasonings is before you cook it all up, not after.
Believe me when I say I've done that before and really regretted it. That is, cooked the whole thing and didn't taste test it first.
1 lb. Ground Turkey
1 large egg
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
2 teaspoons Sesame Oil
2 teaspoons Soy Sauce
4 green onions, finely chopped
1/2 cup Cilantro, finely chopped
1 tsp. ginger, grated. (I keep a ginger root in the freezer all the time, and just use my Microplane on it when I need ginger)
Mix together well, and then take a little bit out, fry it and taste for seasonings. I didn't add any salt or pepper to this, as there is a fair amount of salt in the Soy Sauce.
And after all that, I then decided that maybe, if we had a crowd that I might not have enough. So I grabbed another pound of turkey out, defrosted that and made another batch.
However, I didn't realize that I'd used up all the green onions in the first batch, so I pulled a Vidalia onion out of the cupboard and grated up about a quarter of it, and added that to the turkey along with the seasonings.
Sweet Chili Sauce, but...
And this end of the dish (complete with note) had the fried, gluten free meatballs.
I really loved how they tasted, both versions that is, and would do them again.
However, next time, I'm frying them.