Monday, February 6, 2012

Cornmeal Jalapeno Turkey Meatballs

Oh yes! Its secret recipe club time again. As a part of the club, each month you’re assigned another Secret Recipe Club blogger to make a recipe from. If you want to join, click here to sign up.

This month, I was assigned the blog The Recipe Taster. The blogs author has lived in Florence and is just an amazing chef. His recipes look flawless. I ended up going with one of his simpler dishes, polenta burgers.  I made a few adjustments to the recipe so that I could make the burgers into meatballs, and baked them in the oven instead of pan frying them.


  • 1 lb ground turkey or beef
  • 3 tablespoons marinara sauce
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1/2 jalapeno, chopped
  • 1 egg;
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs (note: you made need to adjust the amount of bread crumbs based upon your meat choice)
  • Cooking Spray

In a large bowl, mix together marinara, onion, jalapeno, egg, cornmeal, and panko. Add in meat and mix until just combine. Form into meatballs a little smaller than a golf ball (I got approximately 25 meat balls). Place a cookie cooling rack on top of a baking sheet and spray with pam.


Bake for ~20 minutes or until cooked through.


Serve with vegetables or pasta and sauce.



These SMELLED like Thanksgiving while they cooked. The jalapeno was an interesting flavor add in, but I might do without it next time.

Have you tried any fun new recipes lately? Are you a fancy chef? Or do you stick to simpler recipes?

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