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Playing Turkey or Veal Meatball Stroganoff


  • 1 1/2 cups fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/4 pounds ground turkey or veal
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons grated onion
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley, plus more for garnish
  • 1 rounded tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated or ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice or ground cloves
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 pound thinly sliced cremini or button mushrooms (2 1/2 cups)
  • 2 shallots, chopped or very thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cups turkey or veal stock
  • 1/2 pound extra-wide egg noodles
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill


Serves: 4


In a small bowl, mix the breadcrumbs and milk. In a large bowl, mix the turkey or veal, egg, onion, 2 tablespoons parsley, Dijon, garlic, nutmeg and allspice; season with salt and pepper. Squeeze the excess milk from the breadcrumbs. Discard the milk; add the breadcrumbs to the large bowl. Mix to combine. Roll into walnut-size balls.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the noodles.

In a large, deep skillet, heat the olive oil, two turns of the pan, over medium-high. Add the meatballs; cook until browned, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Add the butter to the skillet. When it foams, add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 5 minutes. Add the shallots and stir until softened and slightly browned, 1-2 minutes. Season. Add the tomato paste and stir for 1 minute. Add 2 cups stock and bring to a simmer. Slide the meatballs back into the skillet and simmer until cooked through, 3-4 minutes.

Salt the pasta water. Add the noodles and cook until al dente. Drain the pasta and transfer to a large bowl. Stir the sour cream into the skillet. Mix a few spoonfuls of the sauce into the noodles. Top noodles with meatballs and remaining sauce. Garnish with parsley and dill.