Turkey Meatballs with Braised Cabbage

finished dishWe killed 4 old turkeys on Sunday. As they were a bit old I didn’t want to roast them so I cut the meat from the carcass and minced it.

savoy cabbage2

We also are currently eating a lot of cabbage as we had to dig up the cabbage bed to make space for the raised strawberries. I used a savoy cabbage but you could use any white cabbage or kale. If I had had more sense I would have added lemon zest to the meat balls and lemon juice and parsley to the finished dish – but I was exhausted and wanted to eat. I added a little chopped leftovers of streaky bacon for flavour and fat – I don’t think this is really necessary though. We also had the meatball mix as burgers the night before with a coleslaw made from kohlrabi, cabbage, and carrot from the garden.

savoy cabbage

Turkey meatballs with braised cabbage: 250g of turkey mince, bit of streaky bacon chopped, handful of breadcrumbs, spring onions, garlic, cumin, 1 cabbage, 1 litre of chicken/turkey stock, seasoning, oil, 1 egg. Serves 2 greedy people

Mix the minced turkey with breadcrumbs, egg, chopped spring onions, crushed garlic, 1/2 tsp of cumin and seasoning. Shape into little balls

raw meatballs

Fry in a little olive oil.

fried meatballs

Pour over the stock, bring to the boil, add the shredded cabbage, cover and let simmer gently for 10 minutes or more until the cabbage is cooked. Serve over spaghetti

meatballs and cabbage

This is really really good.

But all meat means an animal dies so it is best not to waste anything and not to eat too much. We got more than 4kg of minced turkey from the birds – there is enough carcass (along with the cabbage stalk and outer leaves) to feed Kainaat for a few weeks, some heart for lunch for me today, and liver for something exciting later – thank you turkeys.

dead turkeyI reckon the 4kg of mince will provide at least 32 meals for one person – this is more than enough turkey for us for a year – we only eat meat about twice a week. Anyway more on this later ….

N.B. Carcasses generally get shared between us for stock and Kainaat for food.

4 responses to “Turkey Meatballs with Braised Cabbage

    • I just pan fry the hearts in a little olive oil, deglaze the pan with balsamic vinegar and add a little hedgerow jelly for sweetness. I had them on a bed of lettuce from the cold frame. I should try some Japanese recipes but normally I am too greedy and want to eat them straight away – maybe next time. Our older turkeys are the hens that bred last year. We don’t waste any animal product. Older meat often has more flavour and can be just as nice if cooked slower.

      • That sounds really good! I’ve had chicken hearts cooked yakitori style which were amazing and smokey. My friend thought they tasted like bacon! I bet turkey hearts cooked yakitori style would be even better.

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