Tuesday, January 7

Ridiculously Practical Meals: Turkey Meatballs

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When I don't know what to make for dinner, the first place I turn is Joy The Baker. Yesterday her new Baked Turkey Meatballs caught my eye and I knew I had to have them.

I ran to the grocery store and picked up the ingrediants I didn't already have. This took me approximately 1 hour to make. It probably would have been faster if I were more organized, or a better chef. I slightly altered her recipe so I could be a little more lazy and use what I already had around the house.

1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
2/3 cups whole milk
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1.25 pounds ground turkey
1/2 cup egg beaters
1 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or more to taste
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/3 cup coarsely chopped fresh parsley
3 to 4 cups tomato-basil pasta sauce

Using these ingredients I then followed her instructions exactly (just skip the part about soaking the bread if you use bread crumbs like I did). I also made my meatballs a little bit bigger than she did, but they were still cooked all the way through by the end of 25 minutes at 375 degrees. You can stab them with a fork when done, if the fork comes out clean they are ready to eat! The reason I made my meatballs bigger was that I don't have two 9x13 pans, just one, and I only had 1.25 pounds of turkey instead of the two pounds she uses, so the bigger balls fit in one pan. Less dish-washing to do, too. Didn't I say I'm lazy? I mashed up one meatball and mixed it in with my puppy's kibble, which he loved, and there are so many left over that Hubby and I will get at least one more meal out of them, if not two. For dinner I cooked up spaghetti noodles, poured some sauce over them, and added three (large) meatballs. All done! For complete instructions visit Joy's blog.


  1. Looks so delicious! Thanks for the recipe :-) x


  2. mmmm....I love homemade food)


    1. Me too! After work, though, I'm normally tired so I don't make it as often as I should.

  3. Oo these look delicious! I was worried this recipe was going to take a long time, but sounds like they are pretty fast! 25 minutes and dinner is ready?Can't beat that!

    1. Easy to do! I hate meals that take a long time, I'm not patient enough for them and normal by the time I'm finished slaving away in the kitchen I'm hungry! That's one of the reason's I like meatballs, you can pretty much throw whatever you want in and they don't take terribly long.

  4. Turkey meatballs?! I've never heard of this! Looks so yummy! I'm gonna have to try this and I'm sure my hubby thanks you in advanced ;)
    Kat | www.poshbykat.com

    1. I like meatballs because they are so versatile! I think Joy says you can make these with chicken too, but I have a bit of an obsession with turkey. I hope you like them!