Monday, October 25, 2010

Halloween Recipe: Turkey Pesto Eyeballs

One cannot survive on sugary sweets alone so today I have a creepy yet delicious meal for you that is simple, healthy and the kids will love it as much as you do, I promise. I have made these turkey pesto meatballs a few times now, but it wasn't until recently that I thought of making them into eyeballs by pressing a sliced olive into it. Pretty clever huh? Not only are they spooky, but they come together within minutes and are baked rather than fried. They're done in 20 minutes, plus a little prep time. Does it get any better than that?

I found the recipe for these turkey pesto meatballs on Cassie Craves. I just love her recipes. It seems that what Cassie Craves, I also crave! I want to be invited over for dinner-- I'll bring the dessert! Anyway, back to these meatballs...they really are very good even if you don't make them into eyeballs. I couldn't even taste the olives so don't let that be a reason you don't make them. I used 99% fat free turkey and they don't have any additional fat added to them besides the oil from the pesto, but they are not dry in the least since they're baked in the sauce.

This recipe was enough to feed four people. I did find that it needed more than 2 cups of sauce though so I increased that to 3 cups, but feel free to add as much or as little as you like. Speaking of sauce, I used the Arrabbiata Sauce that was provided to me by Bertolli through the Tastemaker program at Foodbuzz. I liked it just fine but I think it could have been spicier so I added some red pepper flakes to it. Again, that's just a personal preference. Please don't wait for Halloween to make these. Make them now and make them all though out the year. They are eyeball-popping good!

Turkey Pesto Meatballs adapted from Cassie Craves

  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup pesto
  • 1/4 cup Italian-style breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 cups marinara sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place all the ingredients except marinara sauce in a bowl and using your hands, combine until everything is incorporated.

Using about 1 tablespoon of the mixture per meatball, roll into balls and place on a plate.

Pour the marinara sauce into a 9 x 9 inch baking pan and top with the meatballs.

Cover the baking pan with foil and bake until meatballs are no longer pink and are firm to the touch, about 20 minutes. Serve.

To make Turkey Pesto Eyeballs: Press one black or green olive slice into the top of an uncooked meatball. Roll around in between your hands to make sure the olive is secure. Place olive side up in sauce.

Eye see you!

30 comments:

Abby said...

Adorable! Kids would get a KICK out of this!

x3baking said...

Brilliant idea! It does look a bit creepy...but I would still eat the meatballs.

Avril said...

LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!

vanillasugar said...

oh my gosh this reminds me of Globe Trekker; the episode where he had to eat a lamb or goat eyeball. LOL

Leslie Limon said...

I LOVE it! :) How fun! I'm going to make these for my kiddies this weekend. :)

Julie said...

I feel a little uneasy looking at those, especially since they are looking back at me! Very fun :D

tamilyn said...

"Eye popping" *slapping knee* you crack me up!

These look a little c-r-e-e-p-y..

Michel-lee said...

Those are so freaky. It's like the eyes are following me as I was reading your blog. LOL

candice said...

if you roll the "eyeballs" all over in the marinara sauce, it makes it even more eerie but anyhow, its Halloween... can scare a couple of people with this... haha..

Keeley said...

Scary, but cute! I don't even like olives, but I'd brave 'em for this recipe.

buttersweetmelody said...

wow that looks so freakish! but cool! I think my friends would love this!

-Amalia

http://butersweetmelody.wordpress.com

Kirby said...

Love these, they would probably scare the heck out of my kids but ohh welllll...haha!

elizabeth said...

Spoooooky! Love it. I am SO making these. We're having my 10yo son's bf over for dinner - trick or treating. Of late my son says I am so boring (wah, but I am still not hanging bloody/gory things up for Halloween)) -- this will do the trick! (ha ha) -- I AM a fun and cool (albeit, a bit strict) mama!! ;-)

Thanks ever so much!!

eko

vickdn said...

Luvs it! They really do look like eyeballs! Your presentation is gorgeous as always (or should I say, scary?!) lol! Thanks for sharing!

Cassie said...

Those are awesome! And yes, please come over for dinner anytime...I wouldn't FORCE you to make dessert, although I certainly wouldn't say no to one of your delicious creations! :)

Becca said...

mmm these really do look delicious :D i havent made meatballs in a long time, maybe this will inspire me to make them.

and i love your plating with everything just by the way. it looks so pretty er...as pretty as turkey eye balls can get.

Kristen said...

oh my gosh, my kids would get a kick out of this! (and they love meatballs!)

Donna-FFW said...

No, Monica, it doesn't get much better than that! This would be a HIT over here for sure.

Chef Bee said...

Big Halloween Hit. Perfect to take to a pot luck Halloween party.

Plan B

Katie said...

Oh WOW! How cool and creepy ae they!! Fantastic!

Ingrid said...

EW! I'd have to eat these with my eyes close.
~ingrid

Maranda said...

Hahahahaha!!! These are awesome! I am going to have to make these soon. I have really been craving spaghetti and meatballs so this is perfect!

Natasha @ Saved by the Egg Timer said...

Ewwwww! Hahahaha...I could totally not eat these even though I am sure they tasted wonderful! I should trick my kids ;)

oneordinaryday said...

Oh my gosh, Monica, they're really gross! haha How awesome!

Stephanie said...

How fun are these?! Pinned!

Stephanie
chocolatecoveredbuttons.blogspot.com

Mama said...

I highlighted this cute recipe on my little blog at http://wadelmat.blogspot.com/ Thanks for sharing!

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Meow Opre said...

I was looking for more Halloween Recipes and found your blog site. I hope it’s fine with you if I could pin some of these photos on my Pinterest boards. Thank you and keep sharing :D They look yummy than scary btw! Haha

Sally Harris said...

I'm making these for my daughter's Halloween party tomorrow! I'm going to pre-bake them however, and then warm them in the sauce in the oven tomorrow night so I have more time during the party to....well, party! Thanks for the great inspiration. Happy Halloween!

andee506 said...

I made these with ground lamb.Since lamb is fatty I baked them half hour,drained the grease then poured on the marinara and put them back in for half hour.I had never made meatballs with pesto before.These were sooo delicious.I wasn't making them look like eyeballs so I sprinkled pizza cheese on top when I took them out of the oven.

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