Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Turkey zucchini meatballs.

Healthy, delicious turkey meatballs from chef Yotam Ottolenghi
Yogurt Sauce
½ cup sour cream *
⅔ cup lowfat plain Greek Yogurt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 small garlic clove, pressed or finely minced
1½ tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon sumac
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 pound ground turkey (white or dark meat)
1 large egg
1 large zucchini, grated
6 scallions, sliced thin
2 tablespoons chopped mint leaves
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves
2 large cloves garlic, pressed or finely minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
Vegetable oil for sautéing

* For a lower fat sauce you can swap out the sour cream for low fat yogurt.
The taste is a bit more tart but still delicious.
Make the Sauce Combine all ingredients.
Set aside or refrigerate for up to 3 days, until needed.

Preheat oven to 210C.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl combine turkey, zucchini, scallions, egg, mint, cilantro, garlic and spices.
Using your hands, shape the meatballs (about 2½ tablespoons per ball) by gently squeezing them and tossing them from hand to hand.
Set formed meatballs on a large plate. (makes about 18)
Heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium heat in a large skillet.
Slice half the meatballs into the pan and brown them on all sides, about 4 minutes.
Carefully transfer them to the baking sheet.
Repeat with the rest of the meatballs, adding extra oil to the pan, if needed.
Slide the tray into the center of the oven and cook for 6-7 minutes, until cooked through.
Serve with lemony yogurt sauce.

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