Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Italian Turkey Meatballs

This is a recipe that has become a fall back in our house. It is a quick, clean, and healthy option for a weekday dinner. You can use ground beef for the recipe, but I actually prefer the ground turkey as the meatballs come out moist on the inside and lightly browned on the out.


Italian Turkey Meatballs

1/2 small yellow onion
1 and 1/4 pound ground turkey meat
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp basil
1 cup bread crumbs
1 egg, beaten

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line large baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine all ingredients in medium bowl and mix till well combined. I use my hands to mix as nothing else seems to do as good of a job. Roll mixed meat into heaping one inch balls and bake for 30 minutes.

If serving with marinara, place meatballs in skillet with enough sauce to cover meatballs and heat for 10-12 minutes over medium heat.


I serve the meatballs with a red marinara sauce over my favorite whole-wheat pasta topped with freshly grated parmesan. Speaking of freshly grated parmesan, its hard to admit, but up until now I have used the grated parmesan in a jar. I know, don't hate me, it was just easy. There is such a difference and I promise from now on to always use freshly grated parmesan!



Does anyone own one of those rotary cheese graters? I am trying to figure out if it is worth the investment and if it really works that much better than a regular box grater.

15 comments:

  1. Great and simple recipe. I have an Asian turkey meatball recipe that is just as easy- some lemongrass, mint, shallots, garlic, and cilantro and served in a lettuce wrap with some other veggies- delicious! I love simple easy things, particularly in the summer when you don't really want to spend too much time in the hot kitchen.

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  2. Baking is the way to go..less clean up as well. I line tray with foil!

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  3. Yum, turkey meatballs are so good, these look great!

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  4. This looks outstanding. As my daughter is on a meatball kick, I'll have to give it a try. Regarding the graters, I have both and can't tell you where the rotary one is. I do know exactly where my box grater and flat grater are though. 'Nuff said. :)

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  5. I've never tried them in the oven, I will have to see how they come out. I have a Zyliss, my girls eat cheese all the time so we use it often. I just keep it in the fridge, so it doesn't get lost in a drawer. A handheld mico grater works great too.

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  6. Looks delish!

    I do like my rotary grater, but it doesn't replace the box grater. My rotary grater is small, and we use it all of the time for grating cheese at the table.

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  7. Hi! Great work, turkey meatballs are awesome. I always bake mine, too, so easy and good and healthy and I love the part where I fold up a piece of aluminum foil and throw it out and call it "cleaning". My recipe is a simple one derived from my busy and wonderful mom, and it's pretty similar to yours: Mommy's Super Easy Meatballs. Try sneaking in a dollop of tomato paste or ketchup into the mixture next time, it's lovely!

    - Lauren, Lauren's Little Kitchen

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  8. @Mom Chef, spcookiequeen, and Kath: Thanks for all the advice, I think I am going to try out my hand-held grater for a while and maybe I'll get a rotary one soon!
    @Lauren: That is an excellent idea to add in tomato paste, I will have to try it next time!

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  9. That looks yummy right about now! Funny, I also bake my meatballs to get rid of unwanted/unnecessary fat before stewing them in a tomato sauce. To be honest, although the rotary grater looks cool, I like to use my microplane grater to grate parmesan because I already have one.

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  10. I love turkey meatballs, and agree with you, they're better than those made with ground beef!

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  11. As soon as you say meatball you know it's gonna be good. This recipe sure looks like it delivers the goods.

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  12. Delicious! I love Italian inspired meals! And you have been awarded the Sunshine Award for your love for baking and sharing your idea's! Please stop by my blog to receive it!

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  13. I use ground turkey in alot of my cooking, but when I made turkey meatballs they came out dry so I am looking forward to trying your recipe, I also serve them over whole wheat pasta. As far as the cheese I prefer a good hard block of
    parmesan/romano cheese and I use a small flat cheese grater and it works great! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. What a wonderful and healthy dinner choice!

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  15. What a nice and healthy twist on a classic:)

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