Easy Turkey Meatballs

Saute the meatballs until they are browned and cooked through (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Turkey Meatballs -- Sauteed and Browned and Ready to Eat! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Turkey Meatballs — Sauteed and Browned and Ready to Eat! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Are you trying to cut down on red meat? If so, my Easy Turkey Meatballs should help you meet your goals! Meaty and cheesy, my turkey meatballs are a cinch to make! No eggs are used in this recipe. The cheese helps to hold the meatballs together.

Our dog loves meatballs -- this time served with linguini in a butter sauce with Parmesan (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Our dog loves meatballs — this time served with linguini in a butter sauce with Parmesan (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

These meatballs can be served with my Rustic Roasted Tomato Sauce, my Year-Round Tomato Sauce, or over linguini tossed in a garlic butter sauce and topped with Parmesan. These meatballs also work well as bite-sized appetizers with a dipping sauce.

Easy Turkey Meatballs in Roasted Tomato Sauce served over Spaghetti (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Easy Turkey Meatballs in Roasted Tomato Sauce served over Spaghetti (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Start with a pound of ground turkey breast.

Fresh Ground Turkey from Whole Foods Market (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Fresh Ground Turkey from Whole Foods Market (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Add minced sweet onion, finely chopped parsley, minced garlic, shredded or grated Parmesan cheese, and salt and pepper.

Turkey meatball mixture ready to be formed into meatballs (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Turkey meatball mixture ready to be formed into meatballs (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Just mix it all together and form meatballs.

Ground turkey meatballs ready for the pan (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Ground turkey meatballs ready for the pan (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Saute the meatballs in olive or canola oil until browned on the outside and cooked on the inside.

Saute the turkey meatballs in some olive oil (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Saute the turkey meatballs in some olive oil (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Saute the meatballs until they are browned and cooked through, turning over once (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Saute the meatballs until they are browned and cooked through, turning over once (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

And serve!

Turkey Meatballs over Spaghetti with Roasted Tomato Sauce (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Turkey Meatballs over Spaghetti with Roasted Tomato Sauce (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

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From the kitchen of A Food Lover’s Delight….

Easy Turkey Meatballs

Ingredients:

1 lb ground turkey
1/4 c minced sweet onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 T finely chopped parsley
1/4 c shredded or grated Parmesan
1 t salt
1 t cracked black pepper
2 T olive oil

Method:

1. Combine the ground turkey, onion, garlic, parsley, Parmesan, salt and pepper.
2. Wet your hands with a little bit of water and roll the turkey mixture into meatballs, about an inch in diameter for small, and up to 3 inches in diameter for large.
3. Heat the olive oil over medium-low heat in a non-stick pan. Working in batches, saute the meatballs until their outsides are browned and they are cooked through, 10 – 15 minutes depending on the size of the meatballs. Keep the batches warm under some aluminum foil until ready to serve.
4. Serve!

Makes 24 – 36 small meatballs, or 12 larger ones. Serve over spaghetti with my Rustic Roasted Tomato Sauce or my Year-Round Tomato Sauce. Heat the meatballs in the sauce for a few minutes before serving. Make several batches and freeze them for a quick future meal. Just thaw, heat and serve.

Variations: Use a mixture of ground turkey breast and ground turkey thigh meat. Add some ground veal to the ground turkey. If your meatball mixture is very soft before cooking (your formed meatballs sort of flatten out), you can add some breadcrumbs to the mixture. Omit the Parmesan cheese and use a beaten egg and 1/4 cup breadcrumbs for binding. Use fresh thyme instead of parsley. You can bake the meatballs on a non-stick baking sheet at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 – 15 minutes instead of cooking in the oil. Skip the sauce and serve the meatballs over plain spaghetti with a generous portion of shredded Parmesan. As an appetizer, serve the warm meatballs on toothpicks with a dipping sauce for a party.

Sauteed Turkey Meatballs -- ready to eat! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Sauteed Turkey Meatballs — ready to eat! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Spaghetti and Meatballs is an easy weeknight meal.  Smother with parmesan!  (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Spaghetti and Meatballs is an easy weeknight meal. Smother with parmesan! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

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