Spicy meatballs are here! These are a great companion for pasta, or can be eaten all on their own. Unless you really like things extra hot, we recommend removing the seeds and placenta of the pepper, and just using the pepper body.
You will need…
- 12 ounces ground turkey meat
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 3 tablespoons bread crumbs
- 2 tablespoon Italian seasonings, dried
- 1 Carolina Reaper pepper, finely diced
- 1 small sweet onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh garlic, minced
- 1 egg, beaten
- Olive oil
Heat a saute pan to medium heat and add the onion with a splash of olive oil. Saute the onions for about 5 minutes, or until onions become soft and translucent. Add minced garlic, and roast it for about 2 more minutes. Then remove the pan from heat and allow it to cool. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground turkey, diced Carolina Reaper, Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, Italian seasonings, and beaten egg. Mix them all by hand, and then add the cooled onions and garlic, and continue mixing.
Form the mixture into roughly 12 small meatballs, and begin heating your saute pan back up. Add about 1 more tablespoon of olive oil, then add the meatballs and sear for about 1 minute, then flip and sear the other sides. Make sure they become nice and brown, then reduce the heat to low and let them simmer about 12-15 more minutes, or until they are cooked through. Or, if you want to flavor them in a sauce, you can simmer the seared meatballs in the sauce of your choice for a bit less than 30 minutes.