Turkey Meatballs in Beer – Butter Sauce + Review: 20-Minute Italian by Andrea Soranidis

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Turkey Meatballs in Beer Butter Sauce are easy, comforting and take little time to prepare.  The beer adds a lively flavor and a hint of butter stirred in at the end creates a luscious, velvety sauce!

Page Street Publishing provided me with a complimentary copy of this cookbook to provide a review.

Photo of Easy Awesome Beer Turkey Meatballs in white skillet garnished with fresh parsley.

Hey, all!

I have something super fun and special to share with you!  My food blogging friend, Andrea Soranidis of The Petite Cook, just came out with her first cookbook, 20-Minute Italian, Your Traditional Favorites, Faster, Easier and with a Modern Twist.

I think you’re going to love it!

Photo of the cover of 20-Minute Italian by Andrea Soranidis.

(Photo credit:  Andrea Soranidis)

Andrea shows you how to create classic Italian dishes without spending hours simmering a sauce or slaving over a hot stove.  More importantly, she shows you how to do it without sacrificing any of the amazing Italian flavors you love.

About the author:

Andrea is Italian-born and her recipes have been featured in magazines and on websites such as The Guardian, Parade, Country Living and Elle.

She was raised in Sicily and grew up in admiration of her mother’s ability to quickly put together a delicious and classic Italian meal.  After Andrea became a mother, she found she could no longer spend hours and hours in the kitchen and went back to her roots–the meals of her childhood.

Photo of Andrea Soranidis.

(Photo credit:  Andrea Soranidis)

In 20-Minute Italian, Your Traditional Favorites, Faster, Easier and with a Modern Twist, Andrea shares 75 simple, delicious, healthy and traditional Italian recipes for cooks of all levels that can be done in about 20 minutes.

20-Minute Italian has elegant and authentic meals made simple that provide the means to add flavor to home cooking no matter how hectic someone’s schedule is.

How about:

  • Creamy Pumpkin and Smoked Pancetta Pasta
  • One-Tray Prosciutto-Wrapped Cod Fillets with Tomatoes
  • 10-Minute Mediterranean Couscous Salad
  • White Wine Veal Scaloppine
  • Easy Spaghetti alla Carrettiera

All perfect to impress family and friends!  Among these wonderful recipes is Andrea’s Easy Awesome Beer Turkey Meatballs this recipe for Turkey Meatballs in Beer – Butter Sauce is based on.

You’ll love this dish for a quick, weeknight dinner, easy appetizer for unexpected guests or to add to your game day gathering!

Photo of Easy Awesome Beer Turkey Meatballs garnished with fresh parsley and shallots in white enameled cast iron skillet.

How to make Turkey Meatballs in Beer – Butter sauce:

Turkey Meatballs in Beer – Butter Sauce are easily made on the stovetop.  However, if you don’t have the time to watch the meatballs, simply form into meatballs, pop into the oven and bake!  If you bake the meatballs, make the sauce on the stovetop and then pour over the meatballs.

Love, love, love the addition of leftover potatoes to the turkey meatball combination!  One of the things I love about Italian cooking is nothing ever goes to waste!  If you don’t have a leftover potato, Andrea advises using bread soaked in milk and torn by hand.

Photo of Easy Awesome Beer Turkey Meatballs in white enameled cast iron skillet garnished with parsley.

Meatballs are easily formed by hand.  However, one little gadget I’ve found to be super-handy for making meatballs when cooking for my clients is a cookie scoop.  Simply grab a handful of the meatball mixture, scoop it with the cookie scoop and drop it onto a baking sheet.  Then, simply go back later and form into neat little meatballs.

Close-up photo of Easy Awesome Beer Turkey Meatballs in white enameled cast iron skillet with serving spoon lifting one out.

Although Andrea doesn’t have the butter in the actual recipe, she suggests adding a touch of butter in the introduction to the recipe.  I did that and was very glad I did!  The touch of butter at the end put these turkey meatballs over the top!

We served with a little spicy mustard on the side, too!  SOOO GOOD!

Close-up photo of Easy Awesome Beer Turkey Meatballs with one on serving spoon.

Friends, I think you’re really going to love adding this cookbook to your collection!  Find it on AMAZON here!  20-Minute Italian by Andrea Soranidis

More great meatball recipes!

The recipe is reprinted with permission from 20-Minute Italian by Andrea Soranidis and Page Street Publishing Company – 2019.

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Turkey Meatballs in Beer - Butter Sauce

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By: Carol | From A Chef's Kitchen
Turkey Meatballs in Beer - Butter Sauce are easy, comforting and take little time to prepare.  The beer adds a lively flavor and a hint of butter stirred in at the end creates a luscious, velvety sauce!
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Chicken and Turkey
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Calories 362 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 large egg - beaten
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 4 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 medium Russet potato - steamed, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic - minced
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 10 1/2 ounces ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium shallot - finely sliced
  • 5 ounces blond beer
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, combine the egg, panko breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, potato, parsley, garlic and cayenne. Add the ground turkey and season with salt and black pepper. Mix gently but thoroughly with your hands to combine all ingredients.
  • Take a small piece of the meat mixture and gently roll it between your hands to form 1-inch meatballs, about 1 full tablespoon.
  • Place the flour into a shallow dish. Roll the meatball gently in the flour until lightly covered and arrange on a baking tray. Repeat the process until the meat mixture is used.
  • Heat the extra-virgin oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the shallot and cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Add the meatballs and leave them undisturbed until they brown on one side. Shake the pan to loosen the meatballs, then turn each one with tongs to brown the other side. Keep turning with tongs until they are completely and evenly browned.
  • Pour the beer into the pan and cook over high heat for 2 minutes. Cover the pan with a lid and continue to cook for 5 minutes or until the sauce is reduced to desired consistency.
  • Swirl in the butter.

Notes

TIP FROM ANDREA: You can freeze these meatballs for a quick, last-minute dinner. Thaw in the fridge overnight before using them.
Because most ground turkey is sold in 1-pound packages, use a large Russet potato and 1 cup beer for a 1-pound package.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 362kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 841mg | Potassium: 551mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 223IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 121mg | Iron: 3mg

These are estimated values generated from a nutritional database using unbranded products. Please do your own research with the products you're using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.

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  1. You had me at beer! I love cooking with beer — it adds such great flavor, so I can imagine how delicious these meatballs are. Thanks so much for sharing!