A few weeks ago I came across a YouTube channel hosted by a young chef, Byron Talbott. He features all sorts of recipes, from pasta to drinks to cakes to sandwiches. And everything he makes looks SO good. Seriously, you should check it out. He makes all his recipes feel approachable and manageable, even French macarons! Anyway, I knew I had to try one of his recipes, and I selected his version of Homemade Spicy Meatballs for my first attempt.
Garlic, basil, thyme, and parsley . . . all essential ingredients for this dish. AND I even used the fresh basil from my garden.
The garlic and herbs were used for both the meatballs and for the herb olive oil dressing for the bread. This meatball recipe would work with pasta, but I chose to serve it with fresh rosemary olive oil bread from Wegman’s (my absolute favorite).
So for the meatball mix I used ground turkey, grated parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, the garlic and herbs from above, fennel seeds (interesting touch), and red chili peppers. The YouTube video featuring this recipe lists all the ingredients in case you are interested (click here).
The adorable cherry tomatoes are from my garden as well.
In the meantime, I also broiled some sliced zucchini from my garden to add some green to the table.
These were truly delicious! I was very curious how the meatballs would turn out since I used turkey meat, but I honestly loved them. They had great flavor, really wonderful heat, which also translated well into the sauce so that you had just the right amount of spiciness in every bite. I ate them whole and I also mashed them onto my slices of bread for an even more intense mouthful of deliciousness.