Day number two of 12 Days of Oscar brings us the 2009 animated film Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. The film takes place in Swallow Falls, where, ever since the closing of the sardine cannery, the residents have been dining on the surplus of sardines left behind. Flint Lockwood (voiced by Bill Hader) has invented a machine that can mutate water into food. The people of Swallow Falls start requesting one food after another, and it all rains from the sky. A number of foods weather events (including an ice cream snowstorm) happen,until a spaghetti tornado threatens the town.
I decided meatballs were the obvious choice, considering the title, and that Flint’s food mutating machine becomes surrounded by a large meatball. I like turkey meatballs and have found a way to keep them moist and flavorful. These work really well with any pasta sauce and lend well to freezing. You could make a double batch, freeze what you won’t use, and heat them up at a later time for a quick weeknight meal. As a bonus, these are baked, not fried, so they’re that much better for you.
- 1 lb. lean ground turkey
- 1 medium onion , chopped
- 3 cloves garlic , minced
- 1 egg
- 1/4 C. bread crumbs
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. ground pepper
- 1 1/2 Tbs. fresh minced parsley
Heat oven to 400 degrees.
In a bowl, combine all ingredients. Mix thoroughly (I use my hands).
Shape the mixture into balls that are 1 1/2 inches in diameter.
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
Place the meatballs on the baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes, until fully cooked through.
Makes about 15 meatballs.