Meatballs & Gravy

I created these for a potluck; they were the hit of the party.  This is a great make-ahead recipe.

 

2 pounds ground turkey (or meat of your choice)

1 cup bread crumbs

1 cup loosely-packed spinach leaves, stems removed & finely chopped

2/3 cups sliced mushrooms, finely chopped

2 eggs, beaten

1 teaspoon celery seed

1/4 teaspoon ground mustard

2 teaspoons poultry seasoning

1/2 teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt

1/8 to 1/4 fresh cracked pepper (to taste)

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/8 teaspoon onion powder

4 tablespoons Homemade Gravy Mix (for best taste, use bouillon to match meat – eg:  beef with beef & chicken with poultry)

9 tablespoons Melt (or your favorite butter substitute)

2 cups warm water

1 teaspoon celery seed

1/4 teaspoon ground mustard

2 teaspoons poultry seasoning

1/2 teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt

1/8 to 1/4 fresh cracked pepper (to taste)

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/8 teaspoon onion powder

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Combine ground meat, spinach and mushrooms; add seasonings, and combine well.  Using a scoop to make even portions, roll into balls and place on parchment-lined, rimmed baking sheet.  Bake for 30 minutes (small meatballs; you’ll need longer for larger balls).  Repeat with any remaining meat.   For the gravy, melt butter substitute in sauce pan; add gravy mix, and  whisk for about 2 minutes or until lightly browned.  Add water and bring to a boil, whisking until thickened; add remaining seasonings and cook 1-2 minutes more.  Pour over meatballs.

 

Tips:

To make ahead:  cook meatballs; cool completely & freeze on baking sheet.  Once frozen, remove from baking sheet and place in freezer bag until ready for use.  To use:  remove from freezer and defrost ahead of time, or to use the day of, defrost on 50% power in microwave until meatballs are thawed and slightly warmed.  Make gravy while defrosting.

These are great in a crock-pot.  Pour thawed meatballs into crock-pot; pour gravy over, and heat – low for a party a few hours away or high for a more immediate use.

These are great served with mashed potatoes.

Enjoy!

 

 

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