Monday, February 14, 2011

Turkey: Asian Inspired Meatballs (Gluten Free)

I received my first request on the Savor and Nourish Facebook Page a few days ago! Yippee! The request was for some Gluten Free Turkey meatballs. So I did some research and tested two methods. I think you could also try a third method and just skip the breadcrumbs and milk without replacing them, but where's the fun in that? Besides I don't the texture would be quite the same.

The first method involved Gluten Free Bread and milk, but I'll talk more about that tomorrow. The second, and my preference, involved Gelatine and water. Gelatine is the same stuff that Jello is made of. The version used in this recipe is unflavored. It comes in little envelopes and is a fine granular texture. When added to water, it'll puff up a bit, or "bloom". When used in cooking, it'll hold things together without using breadcrumbs and milk!

I asked my non-gluten-free siblings to taste test this operation, and both recipes passed with flying colors.

Inspired by a Gluten-Free request from a dear friend and Skinny!

Gluten Free Asian Inspired Turkey Meatballs
(makes 5 servings)
(200 calories per serving)

1 1/4 lb ground turkey breast
1 package gelatine (about 1 tbs)
1 tbs water
1 egg
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tbs ginger, minced
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
3 green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 tbs low sodium soy sauce
1/2 tbs hoisin sauce
2 tsp sesame oil

Dipping Sauce
2 tbs soy sauce
2 tbs hoisin sauce
2 tsp sesame oil
1 green onion, thinly sliced
2 tbs lime juice
2 tsp water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

1. Combine gelatine and water. Allow it to bloom for about 1 minute.

2. Combine all other meatball ingredients and mix in bloomed gelatine. Roll mixture into 20 meatballs

3. Heat large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. If it's not really non-stick be sure to spray with cooking spray or use a small amount of oil. Brown meatballs about 1 minute per side (assume there's 2 sides even though it's technically a sphere). Place on tin-foil-lined cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Bake 15 minutes, or until cooked through.

4. Combine all Dipping Sauce ingredients. Pour over meatballs, or serve in a small bowl along side the meatballs.

5. Enjoy!

Suggestion: If you want to use this as an appetizer, form smaller meatballs to yield more and serve the dipping sauce along side the meatballs.

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