Memorial Day is nigh! The day of picnic food and BBQs and cookouts. Fun fact: Texans get REALLY confused when you call a cookout a Barbecue. "Wait so... you don't smoke the meat? Where's the sauce? Or the spice rubs? What do you MEAN you just have burgers and dogs?" Then I ask for a seltzer and we're just all confused.
Thankfully, Honeysuckle White is here to take your cookout or picnic beyond mere burgers and dogs. Want to take your burger to the next level? Turkey is a lean, tasty substitution for summer foods traditionally prepared with beef or pork such as sausages and burgers. Their turkeys are raised without growth-promoting antibiotics, plus Honeysuckle White works with 700+ independent farmers to produce these awesome turkeys.
Check out their Memorial Day Recipe contest, and if you feel so inclined, vote for my Spicy Turkey Meatball Sliders! They're a unique addition to your picnic table for sure, but a tasty one :)
And if you vote for them, you might as well make a batch. You won't be sorry ;)
Spicy Turkey Meatball Sub Sliders
- 1lb Honeysuckle White ground turkey
- 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp habanero hot sauce (or hot sauce of your choice--sriracha works well too!)
- 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 tbsp olive oil
For the sandwiches
- 6 dinner rolls
- 2 cups of your favorite marinara sauce
- 6 slices provolone cheese
-To make the meatballs: preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine all ingredients (except olive oil) for the meatballs and gently fold together until well mixed.
-Form the meatballs into 2-inch wide balls. Pack together gently.
-Heat olive oil in a skillet over high heat. Sear the meatballs on all sides, then place in a greased glass baking dish so that meatballs are touching, but not crowded in the dish.
-Bake for 15 minutes, or until the meatballs are firm to the touch and 165 degrees F when tested with a meat thermometer.
-To assemble the sandwiches: Crank up the oven to broil. slice the dinner rolls in half from the top to about the middle of the roll. Pour in about 1/8 cup of sauce in the slit, place 2-3 meatballs on top, then pour 1/8 cup of sauce over them. Place a Provolone cheese slice on top of each sandwich.
-Pack sandwiches into a baking dish and put in the oven for 2-3 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve.