Paleo Turkey Meatballs in Mushroom-Sherry Sauce

So, my fiance started eating Paleo style.

Have you heard about that?

It’s where people eat like cave people used to eat – things like seeds, meat, and vegetables. They eschew things like dairy, refined carbohydrates, and sugar.

And they make their loved ones feel like Hannibal Lecter if said loved ones so much as look at a blueberry muffin.

So, in an effort to be supportive, I invented the below recipe. And I have to say…necessity is the mother of invention.

Because these are absolutely awesome!

Paleo Turkey Meatballs in Mushroom-Sherry Sauce

2013-09-23 paleo meatballs Ingredients:

1 lb. ground turkey breast

10 oz. sliced mushrooms

1 tbsp. olive oil

1 onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, diced

1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

1/3 cup sherry

rew sprigs each thyme and rosemary, chopped

salt ans  pepper, to taste

1.5 tbsp. mayonnaise

splash of almond milk

paleo meatballs 014 1. Heat the oil in the pan until small bubbles arise, then toss in the onion and garlic. You want them to sizzle and turn translucent, but NOT to brown or color immediately – if that happens that means that those babies are burning.
paleo meatballs 015 2. When the onions start to give off a savory scent and are soft (after about 10 minutes), throw in the mushrooms and herbs.  paleo meatballs 016 After another 10 minutes, they should look like this. There will be a lot of water now, from the shrooms. You need that.

paleo meatballs 019 3. While the shrooms saute, combine the turkey, Worcestershire, mayo, and a bit of salt and pepper – not TOO much salt, because the Worcestershire is mighty salty.
paleo meatballs 021 4. Form the meat into ping pong sized balls, put them into the pot, turn the heat down to medium low, and cover for 25 minutes, or until the largest meatball is totally opaque when cut.  paleo meatballs 027 5. Add the wine and the tomatoes. Allow the meatballs to cook for about 5 minutes more, until the tomatoes burst.

paleo meatballs 029 6. Add the almond milk, stir, and taste for seasonings – I added quite a bit more pepper to mine.  paleo meatballs 030 7. Serve.

These are so good that I almost wouldn’t think that they are healthy. They are juicy and soft, thanks to the mayonnaise. They go perfectley with the creamy, savory wine sauce. It is reminiscent of chicken Marsala with a pop of unexpected brightness from the burst tomatoes. And the almond milk…wow. It has a sweet taste on its own, but it becomes rich and…yes, you guessed it…downright NUTTY in this sauce. It’s so creamy that I would never guess it’s a dairy substitute.  paleo meatballs 034 In fact, served over mashed cauliflower, I would never guess that this is an entirely Paleo meal.

The cave people never had it so good.