Let me ask you a question. Is there any gift that says I love and cherish you more than a meatball? A round, savoury, ball of love meat. I think not. Here's my review of Blue Apron's Turkey Meatball recipe.
No. The answer to that question is no. There is no gift in the world that says I hold you dear to my heart and would gasp my last breath for you ... more than a meatball.
Spaghetti and meatballs, swedish meatballs, sweet and sour meatballs, Frikadeller, Kofta, Polpette, allll of them the greatest gift to mankind.
On occasion a gift of a matzo-ball can be substituted (provided it's in homemade soup).
My own regular repertoire of love bites include Italian American meatballs, sweet and sour meatballs and Frikadeller (Danish meatballs). This seems like an obscenely short list of meatball recipes to rely on.
So when Blue Apron (you remember them from my "For people who F'n hate figuring out what to make for dinner") asked if I'd like to work together with them on another sponsored post for this week, cupid started dancing in front of my eyes when I saw one of the featured recipes for this week is for MEATBALLS. And a type of meatball I've never, ever, ever, ever made. Asian Turkey meatballs. Meatballs! Made out of turkey! With an Asian twist!
If nothing says I love you more than a meatball then Blue Apron loves us all very, very much. Upon further meatball digging I found Blue Apron has,
36 different meatball dish recipes. I'm gonna need a little black book because that's a lotta love to be able to call on, on any given night.
After talking about Blue Apron in April all kinds of you have signed up for the food service and from what I'm hearing from you, you love it. Like, love it. Meatball love it.
For those of you who are all, Huh? What? I didn't see that first post and I don't know what you're talking about, Blue Apron is a food service that delivers fresh ingredients and recipes to your door. You can get the meal plan for either 4 people or 2 people. If you're single, like I am, you can get the 2 person plan and instead of cooking it for 2 people you cook it for yourself and have leftovers. Which means it works out to be really inexpensive and you cut your weekly cooking time in HALF.
I worked it out and for a single person using Blue Apron you could get 24 of your meals for the month for $240. That's all the meat, vegetables, spices, and interesting ingredients you could never find anywhere else (like pink lemons) all delivered to your door with the recipes and step by step instructions included. Oh. And everything is portioned.
It's a cooking enthusiast's dream. Because even though, personally, I love cooking, I love a lot of other things too, like reading and gardening and running (hahahah I actually hate running). So even though I love spending time cooking I do not always love spending time figuring out what to eat, finding recipes and searching out 4 different grocery stores to find the bag of Indian spices I need.
Blue Apron is for the person who loves to cook but loves other things too!
It all comes in a refrigerated box so when you get home from work it's all there fresh and ready to cook. I mean they're delivering things like strip loin steaks and wild caught salmon, not boxes of cereal, so they're making sure the ingredients stay fresh and delicious for you.
Oh! And the final sales pitch for Blue Apron before I get to the MEATBALLS ... If you don't like the recipes for any week coming up you can just skip it. No charge. Going away for a month in the summer and plan to only eat hot dogs, marshmallows and minnows? Skip it for the month and start up again when you get back.
Want to hear the really, really bad news? I'm in Canada so I can't get Blue Apron. They're in the U.S. But Canada has other similar services so look them up, it's a GREAT solution for people who love to cook high quality, high end meals but are also looking to save time.
The really, really good news is if you're in Canada (or anywhere else for that matter) you can easily go to the Blue Apron website and use any of their recipes. I've tried many of them and all of them have been good. I know. Because this is a sponsored post you're thinking "Uh, yeah, well as if you'd say their recipes are shit if they're paying you". You're right. I wouldn't. I would never say something was good if I didn't think it was. EVER. But I also wouldn't mention how good they were either. I'd just leave it out.
So they're all really good recipes.
I wanted to try the turkey meatballs because I've never had turkey meatballs before and I loved the idea of them being Asian inspired. The other reason I wanted to give this recipe a shot was because it features zucchini and in a few short weeks I'll have so many zucchinis from the garden that I'll be forced to use them in unusual ways. Like as lawn bowling pins. Or hats.
I gathered all my ingredients onto my kitchen island and started the timer because the Blue Apron website claims you can make any of their recipes in 40 minutes or less.
I stopped counting at 5 hours.
Mind you, I had to measure everything out and you don't have to do that when you sign up for Blue Apron.
Plus you're probably not going to have to stop every 30 seconds to style, shoot and reset the camera for a new photo.
I don't think.
I made the Turkey Meatball recipe and it made 2 huge servings, one of which I took over to Betty because I'm building up good daughter points so she buys me a good Christmas present. A pair of Gucci shoes made out of money for instance.
Once the ingredients are prepped for the Spicy Hoisin Turkey Meatballs you get to start making meatballs.
The recipe called for a certain amount of Panko bread crumbs, but I happen to like a few more in my meatballs so I added more. You can do that. The Blue Apron fairies aren't going to crawl out of the box the food was delivered in and slap the breadcrumbs out of your hand. If you're confident cooking, just do what you want to do. If you aren't ... follow the recipe, at least the first time you make it.
This recipe for Spicy Hoisin Turkey Meatballs portions 7 meatballs a person! Per meal! 7 of them! Your belly will be full of balls.
Looking good so far? Liking it? Good. Because there's a discount to Blue Apron coming up for you.
Maybe this will sway you ...
A couple of hours after I brought Betty over her bowl, she called me saying how much she loved this. LOVED it. Her only complaint was she'd like a bit more sauce for the rice. She wanted saucy rice. That would just be a matter of making a bit more sauce and putting it on the rice, so no big whoop there.
As I type this it's the day after I made the Blue Apron recipe and I'm really wishing I hadn't given my second portion to Betty. I could have had it for dinner tonight.
But that's what good daughters who want good Christmas presents do. They give of themselves and their food.
And as we all know, nothing says I love you, like a ball of meat.
Interested in becoming a Blue Apron subscriber and having boxes of ingredients and recipes delivered to your door? The Art of Doing Stuff readers get 3 meals for free when they sign up.
PLUS, if you signed up for Blue Apron last time, let me know how you like it. What's great about it. What you'd change. And how many times you've made meatballs.