You guys, I’m so stuck on seasonal flavors right now. Really if I could just make everything I cook pomegranate or cranberry flavored, I think I’d be one happy woman. And while some of my fancier dishes seem to be wowing when I entertain, I’ve been looking for ways to give my favorite comfort foods a seasonal flare. So when General Mills® challenged me to do just that through a sponsored post, I couldn’t wait to see what I could come up with.
When I think of comfort food, one thing comes to mind….meatballs. Since I was a child tasty little meatballs served on a toothpick have been an absolute favorite of mine. In fact, making my own meatballs is my immediate response whenever I want something truly yummy. Over the years I’ve found all types of ways to use my beloved meatballs – in spaghetti, in subs, served alone – so when I started thinking of a seasonal comfort food, of course they were on the list. Then as I played around with flavors and combinations, I came up with an idea that had me drooling – Turkey Meatballs with Pomegranate Brown Sugar Glaze!
Knowing that this dish had to be made immediately, I pulled out the ingredients that I know as well as the back of my hand. As I lined up each item on my counter, I anticipated the can’t miss flavor of this comforting meal. But it wasn’t until the Progresso™ Bread Crumbs from Walmart came out that I truly got excited.
This staple in my pantry is my go to item with it comes to all of my favorite comfort foods. Whether it’s bread crumb topped baked mac and cheese, meatloaf, chicken parmesan or even classic breaded chicken nuggets, it’s my starting point for food that’s warm and delicious and delivers a little bit of crunch. And with it’s simple yet delicious flavor that saves me time but tastes homemade, I knew that my turkey meatballs just wouldn’t be the same without the addition of this pantry staple!
After ensuring that I had plenty of Progresso™ Bread Crumbs for all my holiday comfort food creations, I started putting together my simply amazing recipe.
What You Will Need:
1 Pound of Lean Ground Turkey
1/2 Cup of Progresso™ Plain Bread Crumbs
1/4 Cup of Milk
1 Teaspoon of Worstershire Sauce
1/4 Teaspoon of Salt
1 Tablespoon of Oregano
1 Large Egg
1 and 1/2 Cups of Pomegranate Juice
6 Teaspoons of Brown Sugar
3 Teaspoons of Balsamic Vinegar
How to Make It:
I started by adding my ground turkey, Progresso™ Bread Crumbs, milk, worstershire sauce, salt, oregano and egg to a bowl. I have to say Progresso™ Bread Crumbs are always my first choice when creating comfort food because they are so easy to use and taste like I’ve made them from scratch. I love that they are perfect for adding crunch, act as a binder and enhance the flavors of all of my favorite meals!
Next I mixed in my diced onions and mixed all of the ingredients together with my hands.
Once everything was well combined, I pinched off golf ball sized pieces and rolled them into balls.
With roughly twenty meat balls made, I lined my baking sheet with aluminum foil and sprayed it with cooking spray and then added my meatballs, ensuring that there was room between each one.
Into the oven my meatballs went for twenty minutes on 400 degrees.
While my meatballs were cooking, I added my pomegranate juice, brown sugar and balsamic vinegar to a pot and brought the mixture to a boil. Then I allowed it to cook down the entire time my meatballs were cooking until it began to bubble and had a thick consistency.
With my meatballs and my glaze completed, I was ready to assemble my dish. For me, creating something that looks as good as it tastes is super important so I started by arranging my meatballs on a serving tray.
Next, I spooned my glaze over the top of the meatballs, allowing it to run down them for a beautiful look that was sure to taste amazing!
Finally, I added fresh pomegranate seeds, a little goat cheese and some fresh mint to finish off my dish.
I have to say, it had only been halfway intentional that my end product looked almost like a decorated Christmas tree but that just added to the festive fell of this amazing meal!
As I added toothpicks to the side of my dish and prepared to serve it to my waiting family, I felt even more festive than usual thanks to the fact that I had been able to give one of our favorite comfort foods a holiday makeover.
And as they tasted my amazing creation which was completed by the addition of the Progresso™ Bread Crumbs, I knew that they agreed with my new desire to give all our favorite meals a holiday makeover.
This holiday season, I encourage you to get festive in the kitchen and try creating classic comfort foods using the versatility of Progresso™ Bread Crumbs. Start with my meatballs if you want because I can promise they are a seasonal dish that you won’t soon forget!
Then whether you love my meatballs, crave mac and cheese or have your own favorite recipes, discover that all comfort foods (even seasonal ones) start with Progresso™!
Now that I’ve shared how I’m turning one of my favorite comfort foods into a seasonal treat with Progresso™ Bread Crumbs, tell me….what is your favorite way to use breadcrumbs?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Progresso™ The opinions and text are all mine.