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July 17, 2013

Baked Plantain and Turkey Balls


Check out my balls….aren’t they pretty? Well, let me just throw it out there that this was a total experiment gone right. My typical week night includes either ground turkey, turkey burgers, or chicken of some sort. So tonight I felt lie some variation was needed and I happened to have a yellow plantain available.

What you need:

  • 1 yellow plantain
  • 1/3lb ground turkey
  • ¼ c almond meal (separated)
  • 1 egg white
  • ¼ organic maui onion (chopped)
  • 1/3 yellow squash (chopped / optional)
  • Ground cumin
  • Garlic Powder
  • Fresh thyme (optional)
  • Organic marinara sauce (optional)
  • Fat or oil of choice – I used duck fat

What you do:

Preheat your oven to 350˚. Grease a pan with your fat then cook your ground turkey, onions and yellow squash in a pan with your added seasonings (mine included ground cumin and garlic powder and fresh thyme). Then let it sit and peel your plantain and mash it with fork (if still bit tough, boil for a few minutes to soften). Then add your egg white and half of your almond meal and mash together. I found it bit easier (yet messier) to use my hands to mash everything together. Either way you’ll need your hands right after. Then add some ground turkey into the mix slowly as you form balls with the meat mixed in. My one plantain yielded 4 medium sized balls. Place on foil lined baking sheet (learn from my forgetful mistake and make sure to oil up the sheet) and bake for about 15-20 minutes (varies by oven so keep checking it). Use the toothpick rule – if it comes out dry then it’s done.

Verdict? Yummy! For this round I decided to add organic marinara sauce drizzled on top with a side of steamed Brussels sprouts but I think next time I will have it with guacamole on the side. I just love the plantain + guac combo and sad I didn’t think of it before my marinara idea. Balls themselves were very good (that’s what she said) and not dried out like I was afraid the might turn out.

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