Turkey Meatballs Florentine

Prep time:     Cook time:     Total time:     Yield: 6 - 8 servings

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These Turkey Meatballs were amazingly moist, thanks to the spinach and ricotta. I honestly, never thought ground turkey could be so good. My surprise really is that me, Cap'n Ron, a Red Meat eater, would actually make these again. That's how good they are.
1.    Thaw out the spinach, then dry it out over high heat in a Teflon coated fry pan. Keep stirring it, because it'll burn real quickly, once the moisture has evaporated. When it's all dried out. Place it in a bowl large enough to hold all of the ingredients.

2.    While the spinach is cooking, you can cut up the onions. Add a little vegetable oil to the pan, and cook them over a medium heat. You just want to get them soft and translucent, not brown and caramelized.

3.    Add the onions to the spinach, stir it up, and place the bowl in your refrigerator until it's cool, about 20 - 30 minutes.

4.    While the onions and spinach are cooling, it's a good time to make up the sauce, if you're using it. Dice up the onions, and celery, place them in a small pot, along with a little oil. Cook over medium heat until they're real soft, and almost beginning to brown.

Add the rest of the ingredients, bring it to a simmer, and cook for about 30 minutes.

5.    After the spinach and onions are cool enough to handle, they don't have to be ice cold, Bring the bowl out of your frig. and add the Ground Turkey, Bread Crumbs, Ricotta Cheese, Whole Egg, Egg Yolks, Italian Blend, and Crushed Red Pepper.

6.    Mix it up well, I use a food service glove for doing this, or wash your hands real good both before and after the mixing. Set it back in your Frig, until it's good and cold. If the meat balls are cold when you bake them, they'll stay together better.

Ron's Note:
I did all of the above the day before I made the meatballs, just cover the bowl real good with plastic wrap, and you can refrigerate it overnight.

7.    When the Meatball mix is good and cold, it's time to begin forming the meatballs.

Begin by mixing up the Parmesan Coating. Just mix both ingredients in a small bowl and set it aside.

I used a 2 2/3 oz. portioner to get them all the same size. Which was the perfect size to make 2" Meatballs.

8.    As you make the meatballs, roll them in the Parmesan Coating, and press it in with your hands.

9.    To Cook:
Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees. Set the meatballs on a parchment lined sheet pan, and cook for 35 minutes.

Add little Marinara Sauce to the top of each one, and a small slice of Mozzarella Cheese. Place the pan back into the oven for another 10 minutes.

10.    To serve them alone, you can lay down a bed of the sauce and place individual meatballs on top. They would make a great appetizer if you serve them singly, or serve them with your favorite pasta dish.

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