2 teaspoons of salt
1 teaspoon of black pepper
The first step I tackled was chopping up the onion and green peppers. I like to get all of the prep work done and the recipe called for 2 minced green peppers and 1 minced onion. Easy right? I thought I'd just pull out my handy dandy Bullet and mince those bad boys, but instead I got green baby food with giant chunks.
So by hand it was - which added more time to the overall process...
After all that chopping, I needed a nice glass of Diet Dr. Pepper!
In a large bowl, I combined 2.75lbs of ground turkey, two handfuls of the chopped green pepper, two handfuls of the onion, the two packets of ranch seasoning, 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce, 2 eggs, and 2.5 cups of bread crumbs (you could probably get away with just 2 cups if you like a firmer meatball). I also sprinkled in some black pepper and garlic powder.
Then, using my hands (remember to remove any jewelry), I combined all of the ingredients together until it looked like this:
Still using my hands, I formed the meat into large (approx. 2inch) balls and placed them into a 9x13 casserole dish that I had greased with extra virgin olive oil so the meatballs wouldn't stick.
I placed the meatballs in a 375F oven and moved on to the fun part, the sauce! In a large pot ( I used a pot because I thought I would have to heat up the sauce, but you don't, so a large bowl would work as well), I put in the rest of the onion and green pepper, 2 cups of ketchup (I will use tomato sauce next time I do this recipe - I think the ketchup is too sweet), 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce, the whole can of diced tomatoes (the recipe called for 2 cups, but it turned out fine), a teaspoon of salt, a tablespoon of black pepper and garlic, and the finishing touch - 24oz of Diet Dr. Pepper.
This is what the concoction looked like after I added the Diet Dr. Pepper:
And after I mixed all of the ingredients together:
I let the meatballs rest for another 10-15 minutes and paired with some white rice and seasonal vegetables.