Friendsgiving: Quick and Easy Turkey Meatballs and White Cheddar Mash
with green beans and cranberry sauce
Prep & Cook Time:40-50 min.
Cook Within:5 days
Spice Level:Not Spicy
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You've just been invited over for Friendsgiving. Great! Wait, what's Friendsgiving? It's a potluck-style gathering of friends, usually the week before Thanksgiving. Sounds great, but what should you bring? Home Chef has you covered with an almost-traditional spread of turkey meatballs, white cheddar mashed potatoes, green beans, and cranberry sauce. Whether you end up sharing it with family or friends, this quick and easy feast will make you the hero of any gathering.
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You Will Need
Medium Non-Stick Pan
Before You Cook
Make the Potatoes
Peel and quarter potatoes. Bring a small pot with potatoes and enough lightly salted water to cover to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until easily pierced with a knife, 17-20 minutes. Drain potatoes in colander and return to pot with half the butter (reserve remaining for green beans), ½ tsp. salt, shredded cheese, and ¾ the cream. Mash with a potato masher or fork, adding remaining cream 1 Tbsp. at a time, until desired consistency is reached. Cover and set aside. While potatoes cook, make meatballs.
Make the Meatballs
Trim ends off green beans. Combine turkey, ¼ tsp. salt, and meatloaf seasoning in a medium mixing bowl. Divide mixture into six portions. Roll into six golf ball-sized meatballs and transfer to prepared baking sheet. Wash bowl with hot, soapy water and reserve.
Bake the Meatballs
Bake meatballs until browned and they reach a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees, 15-20 minutes. While meatballs bake, make almonds and green beans.
Cook the Almonds and Green Beans
Heat a medium non-stick pan over medium heat. Add remaining butter and almonds to hot pan and cook, stirring constantly, until light brown and aromatic, 1-2 minutes. Remove almonds to a small dish and return pan to medium-high heat (no need to wipe clean). Add 2 Tbsp. water, 2 tsp. olive oil, ¼ tsp. salt, and beans to hot pan. Cook until bright green and tender, 4-6 minutes. Transfer beans to plate with almonds and reserve pan; no need to wipe clean.
Make the Gravy
Return pan used to make green beans to medium-high heat. Combine cornstarch, turkey base, and ¾ cup water in reserved mixing bowl. Add to hot pan and cook until thickened to gravy consistency, 2-3 minutes.
Plate the Dish
Place meatballs and a scoop of mashed potatoes on a plate. Ladle gravy over potatoes and arrange beans next to meatballs, garnishing beans with almonds. Serve cranberry sauce on the side.