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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Easy Baked Turkey Meatballs

It is always great to have those easy delicious go-to recipes when you are racking your brain for what to make that week for dinners. I've developed this easy baked meatball recipe from an assortment of other meatball recipes by simplifying the ingredients. I love when we have most of the ingredients on hand and don't have to add much to the grocery list. I'm sure this recipe would work with ground beef too if turkey isn't your thing. I've made these a day ahead of time, stored the raw meatballs in the fridge and baked them the next day and they turned out great. I haven't tried freezing them yet but I don't see why that wouldn't work.

Easy Baked Turkey Meatballs
Serves 6 with a side salad or 4 without

- 1 large egg
- 1/3 cup milk (I've even used Almond milk before and it did fine)
- salt and pepper
- 1 medium yellow onion finely chopped
- 1/3 cup Italian breadcrumbs
- 1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan
- 1/2 cup chopped flat leaf parsley (this time I actually substituted with fresh basil since my plants are producing a ton)
- 2 garlic cloves finely chopped (or sub with garlic powder to your liking - sometimes we use both!)
- 1.3 lb lean ground turkey
- fresh basil for garnish (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees*. In a large bowl whisk together egg, milk and salt and pepper to your liking. Stir in onion, breadcrumbs, cheese, parsley and garlic. Then add the ground turkey, mixing well. Form into 1-1/2 inch balls. I ended up with about 30.

Spray a baking sheet or use parchment paper. Place meatballs on baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes until cooked through.

 *You can also cook these in a skillet on medium heat covered in sauce for about 8 minutes.

Serve with your favorite sauce. We love Trader Joe's Roasted Garlic. Garnish with the fresh basil. We like to serve these meatballs over Barilla Plus or Ronzoni Smart Taste Whole Grain spaghetti (and with a side salad). But they'd also be great just in the sauce by themselves or in a meatball sub. Eric likes to spice his up by adding crushed red pepper or cayenne pepper.


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