Turkey Meatballs

My first attempt at making meatballs was a total disaster.  As soon as I put them in the pan, they all fell apart and I felt completely defeated.  This time around, I used a Joy of Cooking recipe (using ground turkey rather than ground beef), and they were delicious.  I left out tomato paste because I didn’t have any.

(adapted from Joy of Cooking)
1 pound ground turkey
1 garlic clove, mixed
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs
1 large egg, beaten
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp dried oregano or Italian herb blend
2 tbsp olive oill
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 cup Marinara sauce
Preheat the oven to 375
Mix all ingredients well, except oil, flour and Marinara.
Form into 2″ balls, and dredge in flour.
Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large skillet or frying pan.
Brown the meatballs, turning while cooking.

Place in a baking dish and cook in the oven for about 10 minutes.
Warm the marinara in a sauce pan, and add to the cooked meatballs, stirring gently, to serve.
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7 Responses to “Turkey Meatballs”


  1. 1 Mrs. Ashworth September 2, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    Yummmy! I love turkey meatballs!

  2. 2 KMAYS September 2, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    Ooo, those look so good.

  3. 3 Steph September 2, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    The first time I made meatballs was a total disaster too. I didn’t know I had to pan fry them first and just threw them in the spaghetti sauce, which of course crumbled. Your turkey meatballs look really nicely browned.

  4. 4 Ali (a.k.a. Cynical Nymph) September 2, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    Sometimes I put mine in the oven (or broiler, or toaster oven) instead of the pan. Of course, then only one side gets brown, unless you turn them. I love this recipe! The Joy of Cooking is like my bibl.e

  5. 5 Adam September 3, 2008 at 12:37 am

    The turkey meatballs look really nice, and it’s great to see them as a healthy alternative 🙂

    Nice site you have here, I like your take on the recipes. I’ll be back to check you out.

  6. 6 That Girl September 3, 2008 at 2:41 am

    I’ve had meatball failures and meatball successes. I completely believe it depends on the recipe.

  7. 7 Jaime September 3, 2008 at 4:17 am

    sorry your first attempt didn’t work, but these look great! you should try the one in my blog – you can throw them in a red sauce, or try the sweet/sour version 🙂
    http://www.goodeatsblog.com/2008/01/sweet-and-sour-meatballs.html


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