Holidays are always a fun time to experiment with seasonal dishes. One of our favorite holiday pastimes is trying to come up with recipes (or new twists on recipes) that are visually representative of the holiday as well.
Few holidays provide more opportunities to “dress up” your dish than Halloween. So for this year, one of our ideas was to modify the classic meatball to make spaghetti a little “spookier”. We fully admit to being influenced to the “feel boxes” full of cold spaghetti from our grade school days, by the way.
So for this dish we adapted a meatball recipe and formed the meat around a soft boiled egg to create an effect like eyes veering out from your otherwise normal pasta dish!
As a final note, we encourage you to bake the meatballs in a muffin tin so as to keep them upright and organized while you’re cooking.
- 1/3-1/2 a box of spaghetti (if you need help portioning, you can buy a pasta portioning tool)
- 1/2-3/4 jar of Wholesome Goodness® Roasted Garlic Pasta Sauce
- 1 lb ground turkey
- A splash of white distilled vinegar
- Green or black olives, sliced (you’ll need 8 total slices)
- 1 Tbsp chili powder
- 1 Tbsp Wholesome Goodness® Quick Cook Steel Cut Oats
- 1 tsp plus a pinch of salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 F degrees.
- In a medium pot, add a splash of vinegar to 1 quart of cold water.
- Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer.
- Gently add eggs one by one. Cook for about 7 minutes.
- Remove eggs and place in a bowl. Put eggs in the refrigerator for later.
- Roll turkey mixture into balls about the size of a golf ball in your hand and then flatten them out onto a counter or cutting board.
- Remove the eggs from the refrigerator once they have cooled and VERY GENTLY remove the shells, the whites will be a little softer than hard-boiled eggs.
- Place the egg yolk-side up in the center of a turkey patty and then form the meat up around the egg, so that the yolk remains exposed. Place a sliced olive in the center of each yolk and place onto a greased muffin pan.
- Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
- After about 20 minutes, replace the water in the pot with about 2 quarts of water and add a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil.
- After the water has reached a boil, add spaghetti and cook to desired texture.
- Dump the spaghetti into a colander to strain excess water and then put back in the pot.
- Once the meatballs are done, turn on the broiler for 5 minutes. Once done, remove from heat and set aside to cool.
- Pour Wholesome Goodness® Roasted Garlic Pasta Sauce into the pot and toss with tongs to coat the noodles.
- Portion out pasta into bowls and then add two meatballs each, with the yolks facing up.
- Enjoy a spooky Halloween treat!