Italian Turkey Meatballs Recipes

Turkey meatballs recipes are perfect alternatives to other meatball recipes filled with red meat. The turkey is much leaner, and using turkey will help you cut back on some unwanted calories.

Turkey meatballs can be served along with a red sauce or can include ricotta for a moister turkey meatball. You can also experiment with making them smaller in size to serve at parties, allowing guests to eat them with toothpicks.

Turkey Meatball Recipe
Ingredients You Will Need:
1 ½ pounds ground turkey
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tablespoon onion powder
½ cup of Italian breadcrumbs
½ tablespoon dried basil
½ tablespoon of dried oregano
½ teaspoon garlic powder
Salt, pepper to taste
1 egg
1 tsp olive oil

Start off by putting the ground turkey in a large bowl, and add in the chopped garlic. The fresh garlic will add great flavor to the turkey meatballs. Next, add in the seasonings: the onion powder, breadcrumbs, dried basil, dried oregano, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Then, add in the egg. With your hands, combine all the ingredients. The egg should be sopped up by the breadcrumbs and meat. If it doesn't look like that, add in a sprinkle of more breadcrumbs. Next, roll the turkey mixture into small balls. It depends on how big you like your meatballs, so you can experiment with the sizes if you're not sure.

Next, take a frying pan, and add in the olive oil. Then put the turkey meatballs into the pan, and let cook over medium heat for roughly 10 to 12 minutes. Be sure to turn them to make sure each side is browning. When you think they're done, test a turkey meatball before removing them from the pan. Pat the meatball down with paper towels, and take a bite. If it is finished, take the rest out, and transfer them to a large bowl. Pat all the others down to remove the oil, and they're ready to serve.

Turkey Ricotta Meatballs
When cooking turkey, you need to make sure your meat doesn't dry out, but this recipe helps solve that problem. Take 1 pound of turkey, and put it in a large bowl. Add in a ½ cup of Italian breadcrumbs, ½ cup of ricotta cheese (can be low-fat or fat-free versions), 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of pepper, 1 teaspoon of dried basil, ¼ teaspoon of garlic powder and ½ teaspoon of dried oregano. Combine all the ingredients, and roll them into balls. Next, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Heat a frying pan with a teaspoon of olive oil, and brown the turkey meatballs on all sides for about four to six minutes. Then transfer the meatballs into a greased baking sheet, and bake for 15 minutes.

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