Friday, October 19, 2012

Homemade Turkey Meatballs


Aren't meatballs the greatest invention? You can pack them in a sandwich, throw them on top of pasta, stick them on toothpicks, roll them in a wrap, dunk them in soup, or my family's favorite--pick them up straight off the cookie sheet and pop them right in your mouth. I think homemade meatballs are divine, especially when they are savory and flavorful instead of bland, and tender instead of squishy. We polished these perfect meatball specimens off very quickly, and I can't wait to start bringing them to the slew of holiday parties on the calendar in the next few months!

BTW and FYI, the meatballs pictured here are nestled in a bowl of Ina Garten's Italian Wedding Soup, which is delicious. You should make it.

Homemade Turkey Meatballs
a mish-mash of Ina Garten's meatball recipe and my mom's turkey sausage recipe

1 1/4 pounds ground turkey (NOT ground turkey breast!)
2/3 cup fresh white bread crumbs
4 teaspoons minced garlic
3 teaspoons dried parsley
2 teaspoons ground paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons whole fennel seeds
1 teaspoon dried italian seasoning
a pinch of crushed red pepper
1/4 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
3 Tablespoons milk
1 large egg
1 1/2 teaspoons Kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Using your hands, gently but thoroughly mix everything, being careful not to overwork it. Using a small scoop or Tablespoon, form mixture into balls and space evenly on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes until browned and cooked through. Makes around 4 dozen meatballs.

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  1. We love meatballs as well in our house. In fact, had some chicken pesto meatballs last night - so good!

    1. Chicken pesto meatballs sound delicious! I hope you'll post your recipe!

  2. These look and sound delicious, your meatballs appear to be in a soup of some kind, perhaps an Italian Wedding Soup, will you be sharing the recipe. I'll definitely be trying the meatballs out.

  3. Hi nfaband. It IS Italian Wedding Soup! I linked to the recipe at the top of the post just before the recipe title.

  4. These look great! Just found your blog, looking forward to reading more of your posts!

    1. Hope you have fun looking around Steph, and that you find lots more recipes you want to make!


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