Saturday, 29 August 2015

Turkey Kiev Balls

I don't know about you but I do love a change!  I made some little changes to our diets over the last 12 months, both Scott and I were trying to loose a little weight. One of the things we tried was swapping out beef mince for either turkey or chicken mince as it was leaner and a little better for you.  

These Kiev balls are one of the ways I found to use turkey mince. These balls can be made ahead and frozen or cooked from fresh.  This is a great thing you can have on hand in the freezer for one of those busy work week evenings when you cannot be bothered.

The garlic butter balls are also easy to make ahead and stick in the freezer.  You can then use then for well, anything from garlic bread, Kiev to topping a nice steak.

If you haven't tried turkey mince or even chicken mince, give it a go it works really well as a burger, just add some grated carrot and zucchini and watch the kids devour them!

Garlic Butter Balls

250 gm salted butter, room temperature
1 cup chopped parsley
1 large or 2 medium cloves of garlic, grated

Turkey Balls

500 gm Turkey Mince
1 egg
3/4 cup bread crumbs, I use fresh of fresh frozen as the case may be.
1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper
1 cup dried bread crumbs for coating.

Place butter, parsley and grated garlic into your mixing bowl.

Beat until combined.

Scoop a teaspoon of butter into balls and place on lined baking sheet, freeze for an hour.  If you are not using these straight away you can bag them and keep in the freezer for later use.

In a mixing bowl place all your turkey ingredients and mush together as you would with burgers.

Divide into 6 equal portions.

Get your production line together.  In a bowl place your dried breadcrumbs and grab your butter balls from the freezer.

Slightly flatten out your turkey.

Stick your butter ball in the middle.

Bring the sides around your butter ball and close up well, to form a nice ball.

When you have all your turkey balls complete.

Roll them in the dried breadcrumbs.

If you are making these for use today just stick them in the fridge and let them hang our for an hour. If not stick them on a baking tray and freeze.  Once solid bag and label your Kiev balls.

Bake your Kiev balls on 180C for 20 minutes if fresh and 35 minutes if frozen.  I give mine a gentle and light spritz with a spray olive oil before i stick them in the oven just to make them crispy.

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