Turkey Meatballs Stewed with Vegetables

I'm on a bit of a roll with "things that get simmered in some kind of sauce or sauce-adjacent mixture" at the moment. Eggs, fish, chops, meatballs... simple and straightforward, and usually just needs a judicious quantity of carbs to round out the meal. I see some take on spaetzle or noodles with these, but potatoes or rice would be just fine, or even some good crusty bread. Actually, how about Rye & Spelt Naan? That would be lovely!
 
4 servings

Turkey Meatballs Stewed with Vegetables

Make the Meatballs:
1 medium leek
1 medium carrot
2 cloves of garlic
500 grams (1 pound) ground turkey
1 large egg
1 teaspoon salt
freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 teaspoon rubbed savory or thyme
2 tablespoons barley or wheat flour
 
Wash, trim, and shred the leeks fairly finely. Peel and grate the carrots - you might as well do the ones that don't go into the meatballs at the same time, but keep them separated. Peel and mince the garlic. Put these in a mixing bowl with the remaining ingredients and mix well by hand. Form in to 32 equal balls, putting them on a plate as you work. 
 
Prepare the Vegetables & Stew:
1 medium leek
1 medium carrot
4 cups chopped green or Savoy cabbage 
3 tablespoon mild vegetable oil
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoons barley or wheat flour
2 cups unsalted chicken broth
salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste
 
If you have not already, wash, trim, and shred the leek, and peel and grate the carrot. Wash, trim, and finely chop the cabbage. 
 
Heat half of the oil in a large skillet and cook the meatballs until browned on all sides. Remove them back to the plate (but WASH it while they are browning, duh). 

Heat the remaining oil, and add the vegetables. Cook over medium heat until softened and reduced in volume. Add the seasonings once they are going well, then mix in the flour. Once the flour is well mixed in with no remaining specks of white, slowly stir in the broth. Return the meatballs to the pan, nestled down into the vegetables, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, until the meatballs are cooked through - it's a good idea to turn them halfway through. Serve at once.





Last year at this time I made Rye & Spelt Naan, which calls for Bread Spice.

Turkey Meatballs Stewed with Vegetables