Turkey Meatballs

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Ok, confession time. Two foods that I really don’t like, but still eat: boiled potatoes (Why do that to a potato?) and frozen meatballs. There is just something about those frozen meatballs that just doesn’t taste right. This is especially true of the frozen turkey meatballs. I think it’s the texture that really turns me off. That’s why I like to make my own and really we all should be making our own turkey meatballs. It’s a little time consuming, but so worth it. This recipe makes a really flavorful meatball that has tons of uses. Serve these with some good jarred marinara sauce and have them alone as appetizers or over some penne pasta for a hearty dinner. Break some up in a pan and add some scrambled eggs for a nice breakfast omelette. These even taste great crumbled over a salad for lunch. With so many uses, you’ll probably run out quickly so don’t be afraid to double the batch and bake them up all at once. 

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 1/2 pounds ground turkey

  • 1/2 yellow onion, finely diced

  • 1/2 cup parsley leaves, chopped finely

  • 1/4 cup basil leaves, chopped finely

  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 2 eggs, beaten

  • 1 cup breadcrumbs

  • 1/2 cup pine nuts

  • Good marinara sauce for serving

METHODS

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a sheet pan with non-stick aluminum foil. Set aside. 
  2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients together. With hands, mix until all is well combined. 
  3. Using a 1 ounce scoop, portion out meat and roll in the palm of your hands to make a nice sphere. 
  4. Place rolled meatballs on sheet pan in rows, ensuring that they do not touch each other. You will end up with around 40 meatballs.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165°F.
  6. Allow to cool in pan for a few minutes before moving to serving platter. Top with a jar of your favorite marinara sauce that has been warmed.
  7. Enjoy!