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Turkey Pesto Meatball Sandwiches #kidsinthekitchen

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“Mom, how about we make up our own cookie recipe for kids in the kitchen?”. That was Shae’s idea for this week’s post. I told her we needed a little more time to research existing cookie recipes to see what would work. Instead we made a family dinner that everyone loved, Pesto Turkey Meatball Sandwiches with Tomato Jam.Turkey Pesto Meatballs #recipe #kidsinthekitchen #foodie #cookingwithkids

Who doesn’t love a meatball sandwich loaded with  melted cheese and sweet and spicy tomato sauce for dipping? We do so it was a fantastic plan.  We used ground turkey but any meat would work for this recipe.

I did the onion chopping because I wanted them fine but Shae worked the food processor, mixed the meat and formed them into meatballs. She wasn’t crazy about handling raw meat but she was a trooper.  She even mention how much work was involved in making homemade meatballs. This is exactly why I don’t make them.

Ingredients

Meatballs

  • 1 1/3 lb ground turkey (or any other ground meat)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 6 button mushrooms, stems removed, finely chopped
  • 2 tbls prepared pesto
  • 1 crushed garlic clove
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Tomato Jam

  • 2 lbs cherry tomatoes, washed
  • 2 cloves chopped garlic
  • 2 tbls olive oil
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

Directions

In a large saucepan over medium heat add all of the tomato jam ingredients and simmer till mixture is reduced to a thick sauce, approx 45-60 minutes.

In a large mixing bowl gently fold all of the meatball ingredients until combined.

Gently form the meat into the size you prefer, do not squeeze.

In order to maintain a good round shape you should refrigerate your meatballs before forming. We did not care about the shape so we went from bowl to pan.

In a large skillet arrange enough meatballs to fill the pan without touching and brown on all sides.

Transfer to 300 degree oven to finish cooking for 10-15 minutes.

Serve on your favorite roll, topped with cheese and tomato jam.

Turkey Pesto Meatballs #recipe #kidsinthekitchen #foodie #cookingwithkids

Turkey Pesto Meatballs #recipe #kidsinthekitchen #foodie #cookingwithkids

Turkey Pesto Meatballs #recipe #kidsinthekitchen #foodie #cookingwithkids   Turkey Pesto Meatballs #recipe #kidsinthekitchen #foodie #cookingwithkids

*When making anything meatball or meatloaf related take a small bite size amount of meat and cook in a pan to make sure seasonings are just right.

Turkey Pesto Meatball Sandwiches #kidsinthekitchen

Turkey Pesto Meatball Sandwiches #kidsinthekitchen

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 lb ground turkey (or any other ground meat)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 6 button mushrooms, stems removed, finely chopped
  • 2 tbls prepared pesto
  • 1 crushed garlic clove
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 lbs cherry tomatoes, washed
  • 2 cloves chopped garlic
  • 2 tbls olive oil
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat add all of the tomato jam ingredients (cherry tomatoes to red pepper flakes) and simmer till mixture is reduced to a thick sauce, approx 1 hour.
  2. In a large saucepan over medium heat add all of the tomato jam ingredients and simmer till mixture is reduced to a thick sauce, approx 45-60 minutes.
  3. In a large mixing bowl gently fold all of the meatball ingredients until combined.
  4. Gently form the meat into the size you prefer, do not squeeze.
  5. In order to maintain a good round shape you should refrigerate your meatballs before forming. We did not care about the shape so we went from bowl to pan.
  6. In a large skillet arrange enough meatballs to fill the pan without touching and brown on all sides.
  7. Transfer to 300 degree oven to finish cooking for 10-15 minutes.
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Shae woke up the next morning asking if there were any meatballs left. HA, no way. They couple that were left were gobbled down by Rob when he found them in the fridge floating in the leftover tomato jam. This is something we’ll make again. Turkey Pesto Meatballs #recipe #kidsinthekitchen #foodie #cookingwithkids

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Comments

  1. Those look so yummy! Steven Starr has something like that on a few of his menus. It may be hard work, but it looks like the work of a great chef. Bon apetit!

  2. your daughter cooks better than a lot of people I know :) thanks for the party!

  3. These sorts of meals go over really big in my family! I will have to try these!

  4. Those look fun. My kiddo loves smashing, shaping, and mixing things in the kitchen

  5. These look really tasty! The tomato jam would not be a favorite for my kids, but the sandwiches look amazing. We may have to try to adapt this to our tastes, my kids love meatballs!

  6. Hello cute lady! Thank you for hosting such a fun party. Please come and party with us. We would be tickled to have you! http://loulougirls.blogspot.com/
    Happy Friday! Lou Lou Girls

  7. These look really good! Meatball sandwiches are a favorite around here.

  8. Those look great. Of course I’d have to nix the mushrooms. My kids always get freaked out when I have them roll the raw meat.. I love it.

  9. Those look adorable, and those little buns? Yes please. Adorable and also yummy looking, will be trying!

  10. Oh gosh, I just love these. The perfect snack meal.

  11. These look really tasty! Perfect Thursday is Turkey Day!

  12. Looks like fun little snacks for kids. It is great that the kids help in the kitchen

  13. I’ve never had anything like this, but it sounds delicious! I will have to try this recipe out immediately!

  14. Well they’re cute and I love that the kids can help make them. I bet my crew would find them tasty too.

  15. That looks so yummy!! I think I am going to have to try that.

  16. These look so amazing! My mouth is watering right now thinking about this. YUMMY YUMMY

  17. Susanna @Zealous Mom says:

    My boys love, love to cook! They also love meatballs, so we will certainly try this recipe. Pinned.

  18. These look really tasty – I never thought to make meatball sandwiches like these. Such a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  19. That sound very delicious, and original. Never heard of anything like this before, but would love to give it a go for my family one night soon.

  20. Everyone in our family likes meatballs of all kind.This is a new recipe and topping I would like to add to my meatball aresenal.

  21. Turkey and pesto sounds like a delightful mix! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  22. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    I love these. Looks fairly simple to make. I like that you involve your daughter with cooking. It is such a great skill to learn. I am looking forward to the cookie recipe.

  23. These look really tasty! I think they would be a great addition to something like our Super Bowl party this year!

  24. These sound so yummy. They’re the perfect size for kids and I think they would also make great party food!

  25. These look really yummy. We may have to try these one day! Thanks for sharing.

  26. Turkey and pesto? Yes, please! Those look delish! I’ve never heard of tomato jam before. :D

  27. I just love that you added a little red pepper in there. These sandwiches would hit the spot!

  28. Rebecca Orr says:

    These look so good! Great job cooking Shae!

  29. I will have to try these as well, except with out the turkey meat. I think I would like them with hamburger instead. I too have no idea what tomato jam is. Hmm.

  30. These would make great apps for a party! I love meatballs

  31. Aww, I bet she had a blast making these! And they look so good, I bet my kids would love this.

  32. I love making recipes the kids can help with. This one looks and sounds like a good one!

  33. Yum! These look good. I think I just got an idea for the ground turkey in my freezer!

  34. These sound really good. We have actually never tried turkey burgers or anything like that before so it would be interesting to see if we like it.

  35. That is a neat twist. Looks good and fun.

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