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Prima Colazione - Breakfast Meatballs

Breakfast, your entry into the day. Once a meager "breaking of the fast" with a chunk of bread, a piece of cheese, today breakfast is now claimed to be essential part of the day and a chance for a weekend meet-up with menus that can be very elaborate. By our standards a typical Italian breakfast would be considered light, standing at the bar for a cappuccino or espresso with a cornetto. On occasions the Italian colazione can be more lingering with a selection of cured meats, breakfast cakes, yogurt and fruit especially on holiday.

Although the following recipe for Breakfast Meatballs sounds somewhat contradictory by Italian standards (meatballs for breakfast?) it seems perfectly natural for those of us looking for an Italian-inspired breakfast especially during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Giorno del Ringraziamento Breakfast Meatballs

• 1 lb ground turkey

• 1 lb ground seasoned breakfast sausage

• 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped

• 3/4 cup peeled and grated apple

• 1/2 cup frozen or fresh wild blueberries

• 2 Tbsp Bourbon Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup, plus more for serving

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with sides with tin foil. Add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix well. Using a small ice cream scoop, make meatballs about the size of a golf ball and place onto a prepared pan. Bake for approximately 20 minutes, or until cooked through. Serve with a drizzle of maple syrup.

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