Creamy Spinach Casserole with Turkey Meatballs
Turkey Meatballs in a Creamy Spinach Casserole
Turkey Meatballs in a Creamy Spinach Casserole
Turkey Meatballs in a Creamy Spinach Casserole
Turkey Meatballs in a Creamy Spinach Casserole
Chicken Breasts with Creamy Spinach Puree
Chicken Breasts with Creamy Spinach Puree


600 g turkey meat, ground
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp chili lime
1 small onion
300 g spinach, cut in strips (go for 500 g if you have that much)
50 g mozzarella
300 ml heavy cream
30 g butter
1 clove of garlic
1 tsp dill
2 eggs
Kitchen fails can turn into delicious meals more often than not. Creamy spinach Casserole with Turkey Meatballs is just such an example.


1.Preheat the oven to 175°C / 350°F
2.Season ground turkey meat with salt, pepper and other spices. I decided to use chili lime to give it a kick
3.Start making small meatballs, size of a bite (about 3-4 cm / 1-2 in in diameter)
4.Heat a frying pan over medium heat. Add some oil or lard for frying meatballs. For frying meat I always go for lard.
5.Fry the meatballs until they are browned on all sides and cooked through, about 10-15 minutes.
6.While you are frying meatballs, put butter into a cooking pan on medium heat, add some olive oil and add onion and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook until onion softens, 3-5 minutes.
7.Add heavy cream and mozzarella; cook, stirring, until cheese is melted and smooth. Stir in spinach strips and dill.
8.Let it cook on low heat for 5-10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
9.Take a medium size casserole, put the meatballs on the bottom and cover them with creamy spinach. Pour previously mixed egg on top of it and sprinkle it with some grated parmesan.
10.Put your casserole in the oven and let it broil for about 30 minutes or until it gets nice yellowish brown color on top. Let it cool for 15 minutes and serve it to your guests.

Whenever I am making meatballs, I go for either beef or pork meat. This time I found ground turkey meat, so I decided to give it a go. To tell you the truth, my family and I have never been big turkey eaters. Since I am in the experimenting mood these days, I also went for creamy spinach as a side dish, which resulted in a casserole!

Sometimes a kitchen fail turns out to be super-delicious recipes in the end. This cream spinach was supposed to be an excellent side dish, initially. However, I started preparing the meal before realizing I have just 300g of spinach! It was already too late for going back to the supermarket, so I had to make the most of it.

Casserole seemed like a logical next step. I spread the meatballs on the bottom, covered with spinach cream I previously cooked for a few minutes and added an egg on top. This part is entirely optional; you can serve the meatballs with creamy spinach as it is.

Moral of the story – never throw away food, you can recreate it into something else more often than not.

EDIT: I’ve made this creamy spinach with chicken breasts, pork chops and it is still one of my favorite side dishes. Since summer is here, I rarely use my oven, so casserole is not an option. I double the amount of spinach, and I have a tasty side dish.


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