Amy‘s is one of the very first blogs I read and I can remember closely studying her posts before I made my maiden journey into Aldi. This recipe of hers has been a hit in my family for about three years now, though I have altered the proportions over time. We have served this to our kids from when they were babies and we’ve even made it for guests. Don’t let the simplicity (or cheapness) fool you- this one is a universal winner and one of my definite “go-to”‘s. Here’s how I make it, with my tweaks and years of experience under my belt :
- 1 pound ground turkey (or ground chicken)
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs, separated
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- dash black pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon basil
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- oil, for frying
- 3/4 cup spaghetti sauce (plus more for with your pasta side!)
- 4 oz. mozzarella, shredded (I shred my own- here’s why.)
- 2 tablespoons parmesan (fresh, shredded is best, but if all you have is the green can, just roll with it)
- Heat 1/8″ – 1/4″ cooking oil (vegetable, canola, olive, etc.) in large skillet over med-high heat.
- Combine ground meat, 1 cup breadcrumbs, egg, salt, pepper, and spices in large bowl. You can do this with your hands or a large spoon- either will do the job. Ground poultry is stickier than beef, so I sometimes prefer the spoon.
- Pour remaining 1/2 cup breadcrumbs on large dinner plate.
- Using a 1/3 cup measuring cup, scoop out portions of meat mixture and flatten into patties.
- Thoroughly coat each patty in the plated breadcrumbs.
- Once oil is shimmering, carefully place patties into pan (usually 3 or 4 will fit) and cook until crisp and brown, about 3 minutes each side. Removed to paper towel or cloth-lined plate.
- After all meat has been used up and patties cooked, arrange patties on a cookie sheet or baking pan. Top each with a tablespoon or two of spaghetti sauce. Evenly distribute both cheeses over the tops. (At this point, the meal can easily be tossed in the fridge until later- this is what I usually do since I love to do prep in the early mornings.)
- Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes until heated through and cheese is melty. Serve with your favorite pasta with additional spaghetti sauce.
Delicious! My husband will tell you that this is the absolute best way to use ground turkey. Honestly- even the stuff you can buy frozen for about a buck a tube turns out tasty in this one. It is a fabulous way to stretch your dollar.