I can't remember the last time I bought pre-made meatballs. These turkey meatball are so delicious and I will often make a triple or quadruple batch of them. Once they are cooled, lay them flat on a cookie sheet and place them in the freezer. Once they are mostly frozen, you can just put them in food storage bags and put them back in the freezer. Never buy pre-made frozen meatballs with unknown ingredients in them again!
My recipe is not really a recipe. It started out as one (actually, it was a Weight Watchers recipe),but I have tweaked it over time and now I just kind of “throw it together” from memory. My family goes nuts for these and are so used to them they long ago stopped asking me for beef meatballs(good thing, because I haven’t been able to hold down hamburger since I was pregnant with my first child!).
I usually double or triple this recipe and freeze the extras.
The Recipe (sort of)
- 1.5 lbs ground turkey (I try to use 93% lean, but my family likes it better when I use 85%)
- 1 egg or 2 egg whites
- 1 small onion, chopped very fine (depending on how picky your kids are when they see “chunks”)
- about 1 cup rolled oats, put in the food processor to make them in to “breadcrumbs” (I have also done half oatmeal, half Fiber One cereal) You can also use commercial breadcrumbs or I also save the ends of loaves of bread in the freezer to make homemade breadcrumbs.
- 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley (more or less to taste – can use dried, but fresh is super cheap. If using dried, only use 1/8 cup)
- 2-4 cloves garlic, put through a garlic press or VERY finely minced
- 2 tbsp dried oregano (optional, since I usually forget to put it in)
Preheat the oven to 350
Combine everything in a bowl, mixing just to combine. Don’t overmix! Add more “oatcrumbs”/breadcrumbs if needed. You want the meatballs to hold their shape, but not be too dry.
Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray.
Form the meatballs so that they are about the size of a golf ball. Place on cookie sheet.
Bake about 20 minutes
Remove from oven and remove from cookie sheet immediately to prevent sticking.
My husband’s favorite sauce for the meatballs
This sauce is great for meatball sandwiches or even serving the meatballs as “cocktail meatballs”. It’s a little sweet to have over pasta, although I have been known to do it! I usually make extra sauce because my husband likes it for dipping bread as well.
- 2 cans tomato sauce
- 1/4 cup spicy brown mustard
- 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 12 packets Splenda (can use sugar if you want)
- 1/2 tsp hot pepper sauce (although I use one that is so hot that I use 2 drops)
As soon as you put the meatballs in the oven, mix the sauce together in a pan large enough to hold the meatballs. Heat over a slow heat.
When the meatballs are done, put them in the sauce and continue to heat.for about 10 minutes.
This recipe is MUCH better if you make it a day ahead and let the meatballs & sauce marinate in the refrigerator overnight!