Saturday, February 15, 2014

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs


3 pounds ground chicken or turkey
1 cup breadcrumbs
4 tablespoons chopped onion
2 tablespoon chopped parsley
1 cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
salt to taste
pepper to taste
2 clove garlic, minced
2 teaspoons fennel seeds
2 egg, whisked
zest of half a lemon
6 tablespoons olive oil
1 14-ounce can pizza sauce
4 ounces mozzarella or 1 bag shredded

Preheat oven to 400°F, setting rack to upper third part of oven. In a large bowl, using your hands, gently mix together first 11 ingredients.

Shape into golf sized balls  and place a few inches from each other on a foil-lined baking sheet. In a small bowl, mix one spoonful of your pizza sauce with olive oil. Brush this mixture on top of each meatball. Bake for 15 minutes.

Remove meatballs from oven, at this point if you want to freeze the meatballs this is where you would do so.  I took out the amount we wanted to freeze and placed them in a freezer container to use later in the week. 

When ready to use, remove from freezer and defrost (or put directly in oven but you may need to cook longer) follow remaining directions.

Spoon some more sauce on top of each meatball, and cover each with mozzarella cheese, you can use sliced or shredded cheese. Bake another 15 minutes until cheese is bubbly and golden.  Heat remaining sauce in a small saucepan. Serve meatballs by themselves, with spaghetti or on a meatball sub...yummy!


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