“Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” and Oven-Baked Turkey Meatballs!

Reading Group: 5 – 8 years old

What would you do if one day the sky started raining hamburgers, snowing mashed potatoes, and blowing in gusts of chicken noodle soup? What if the clouds above were made of fried eggs?

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Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” by Judi Barrett (with illustrations by Ron Barrett) (1988) tells such a tale. The story is set in the town of Chewandswallow: a place where no one needs grocery stores because everything they eat comes right from the sky!

A typical day in the town of Chewandswallow.

A typical day in the town of Chewandswallow.

To go with “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs”, I decided to make some hand-packed, oven-baked turkey meatballs. Delicious!

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs’ Fast and Friendly Turkey Meatballs

These meatballs are lovely because they they’re nice and crispy, but you don’t have to fry them in a lot of heavy oil to get that texture.

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 (454 gram) package ground turkey (I decided to use ground chicken instead)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/3 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish with 2 tablespoons olive oil and place it in the oven while it’s pre-heating.
  2. In a medium bowl, use your hands to mix together ground turkey, egg, and breadcrumbs. Spoon the meat with an ice cream scoop and form it into golf ball-sized meatballs. Place the balls roughly 1-inch apart in the hot baking dish. Press down on the balls to slightly flatten their bottoms.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven, flip them over, and continue baking for 5 to 7 more minutes (or until somewhat crispy on the outside).

Try sprinkling the meatballs with a little bit of cheese for an extra kick! Or, throw them on a tiny bun with a little lettuce and tomato to make wee turkey burger sliders.

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What do you think? Would you still eat these meatballs if they came out of the sky and you had to collect them off of your front lawn?

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