and i’m back in the game!
does anyone recognize that quote? it’s from one of my favorite movies, 10 things i hate about you. you remember the part when joseph gordon-kevitt’s (the guy from (500) days of summer) character kisses larisa oleynik’s (alex mack) character and then she gets out of the car and he says, “and i’m back in the game!” and then he hits the steering wheel. i used to watch it on vhs over and over again when i was younger. sooo good.
anyway, we’re back to slow cooker/crockpot recipes with these crockpot italian meatballs from skinny taste. i hadn’t ever made meatballs in the crockpot before – i used to just bake them. but after trying this recipe, i think this may be the only way i make them. the turkey meatballs were so tender and flavorful. plus the tomato sauce was equally delicious.
since the recipe makes quite a bit of meatballs, we had them 2 ways – first we made meatball subs and then we just had the meatballs and sauce over some pasta (i forgot to take a picture. sorry!)
first up, the sauce. just pour the crushed tomatoes into the slow cooker and add the roasted garlic and bay leaf (i also may or may not have added about 1/4 cup of red wine too). mix to combine.
now, the meatballs. put all of the meatball ingredients in a large bowl – ground turkey, egg, parsley, parmesan cheese, garlic, salt, pepper, and italian seasoned breadcrumbs (i didn’t have any in my pantry so instead i used panko breadcrumbs and 1/2 tsp of italian seasoning).
mix everything together…
and form the meatballs. i used about a rounded tablespoon of the ground turkey mixture of each meatball. then plop them into the sauce.
set the slow cooker to low and cook for 4-6 hours. once the meatballs are done, add salt and pepper to taste along with some chopped basil (i used my trusty basil in a tube).
if you want to make some meatball subs like we did, all you need to do is put about 4-5 meatballs on a sub roll.
then sprinkle some mozzarella cheese, garlic powder, and italian seasoning on top.
finally, broil the sandwich until the cheese is melted and the bread is toasted.
nom nom nom.
for the recipe for these simply delectable crockpot italian turkey meatballs, please visit skinnytaste.