Juicy and flavorful Chicken Sausage Meatballs to go with almost any Italian themed sides.
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There’s something about meatballs. Perfect for a versatile, easy meal yet also the perfect star to complete a more involved and homestyle dish.
I almost always have meatballs in some form or another in the freezer: turkey meatballs, beef, pork, combinations of the above. I’ve been known to heat some up to serve on top of mac ‘n cheese for an easy dinner. Yet when I have more time I also love cooking them in sauce or roasting them to top a pasta, farro, or quinoa dish.
With as many meatballs as I eat, I was looking for some that would have more pop and flavor-- to have the oomph to stand as the main attraction of a dish and not just a supporting actor.
I tried playing around with different seasonings in beef and turkey: sun dried tomatoes, herbs, garlic, salt. The flavor was there, but they still didn’t steal the show when it came to dinner time.
Then, when defrosting some italian chicken sausage for another dish, I hit me: what if I was able to step up the flavor of the sausage even more in a meatball?
I was on a mission. After de-casing the sausages, I mixed in breadcrumbs, parsley, onion, sun dried tomatoes, eggs, cheese, and garlic.
Without telling Chris (hubby) what I did differently, I served them up for dinner when he got home. After taking a few bites of other things, he took a bite of meatball and immediately exclaimed “Oh man, this is good!” And I knew I had reached my goal.
Serve these beauties on top of butternut squash farro (soon to come) with top it all with crispy parmesan breadcrumbs or go more simple and serve these up with garlicky angel hair pasta.
- I like my meatballs more rustic with larger chunks of onion. It's still finely diced but it doesn't blend in entirely. If you want your meatballs more uniform, grate your onion.
- Use gluten free panko to make these guys gluten free.