Saturday, May 29, 2021

Meatballs Marsala #Recipe @PegCochan

This recipe comes from Skinnytaste although I made a few adaptations. You can easily substitute ground turkey for the ground chicken, which can be difficult to find although you can grind a breast or two in your food processor. Also, our store doesn't offer the widest array of mushrooms so I substituted baby bellas for both mushrooms in the recipe. If you can find the others though, I'm sure it would be delicious! And finally, I didn't have any Pecorino cheese but found that Parmesan was just as delicious.

This is a great recipe for meal prep--you can make and freeze the meatballs in advance and then finish the dish the night you plan to put it on the menu.


8 ounces mushrooms – Cremini, regular, baby bellas (divided)
1 lb. ground chicken or ground turkey
1/3 cup bread crumbs with Italian seasoning

¼ cup Pecorino or Parmesan cheese

1 large egg, beaten
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 TBL chopped parsley
Salt and ground pepper to taste
½ TBL flour
½ TBL unsalted butter
¼ cup chopped shallots

3 ounces sliced shitake mushrooms
1/3 cup Marsala wine
¾ cup chicken broth


Preheat the oven to 400F.

Finely chop half of the Cremini mushrooms (or mushrooms of your choice) and transfer to a medium bowl with the ground chicken or turkey, breadcrumbs, Pecorino, egg, 1 clove of the minced garlic, parsley, 1 teaspoon kosher salt (or to taste) and black pepper, to taste.


Gently shape into 25 small meatballs, bake 15 to 18 minutes, until golden.


In a small bowl whisk the flour with the Marsala wine and broth.

Heat a large skillet on medium heat.

Add the butter, remaining garlic and shallots and cook until soft and golden, about 2 minutes.


Add the remaining mushrooms, season with 1/8 teaspoon salt (or to taste) and a pinch of black pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 5 minutes.


Add the meatballs to the pot, pour the Marsala wine mixture over the meatballs, cover and cook 10 minutes.

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  1. This sounds delicious.
    A question. "8 ounces mushrooms" "3 ounces sliced shitake mushrooms" "Finely chop half of the Cremini mushrooms" "Add the remaining mushrooms"
    Do we start with a total of 8 oz or 8+3 oz mushrooms? Chop half of which amount? How many remaining mushrooms should there be?

    1. Math was never my strong suit lol! That is how it's stated in the original recipe and I believe it is meant to call for 11 ounces of mushrooms. I put half the mushrooms in the meatballs and then put the other half in the sauce. I just bought one container of baby bellas, which I believe was 8 oz. I didn't worry about buying 3 more ounces. It's fluid--you can put in as many mushrooms as you like and any variety you enjoy.

    2. Thanks.
      Food can be so forgiving...unless it's fussy baking!

  2. Laughing at your substitutions. It's become a joke with my son whether I have all ingredients called for in a dish. This sounds delicious but I would probably substitute ground beef, since I never have ground poultry on hand.

    1. I think it would be delicious with ground beef. We try to limit red meat so I went with the ground turkey.

  3. Who doesn't love meatballs?! I'm always trying them different ways and this definitely fits the bill. Thanks, Peg!