Everybody has a recipe for meatballs but mine is the best bar none… well, for a turkey meatball recipe that is. This recipe is superior because it is my father’s recipe, they are baked not fried, freeze well, don’t need eggs (enough poultry has been harmed in the process already) and they are quite tasty.
Listen, if you are not getting your oatmeal to start the day then get it to finish the day. Instead of soaking dried bread in milk/buttermilk and using it in a meatball recipe, I incorporate oatmeal. This is either my mom or my dad’s genius idea. I don’t waste the money on eggs to bind… use ground flax seed. Yea, it sounds weird but it works well and is another great excuse to sneak a bit of fiber and omega 3’s into your diet!
I usually pick up a big batch of ground turkey at Costco and make meatballs galore to freeze. Use them in soups and not just with pasta. They are also great to have on hand for last minute guests. Again, this is a bare bones recipe so add what you like, skip what you don’t. Either way these balls with rock your next party!! (that being said, did you pick up the new flight of the concords cd?)
- 3 – 2 ½ lbs ground turkey
- 1 ½ cups onion, finely chopped or grated
- 2 carrots, grated
- ¼ cup garlic, chopped
- 1 cup fresh parsley, chopped
- 1/4 cup bell pepper, finely diced
- ¾ cup rolled oats
- ¼ cup flax seeds, ground
- ¼ cup ketchup
- ¼ cup grated parmesan or pecorino cheese
- 2 T soy/tamari sauce
- 1T freshly ground pepper
- 1T oregano, dried
- 1 tsp thyme, dried
- Dash of red pepper flakes
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Prepare the baking sheet with aluminum foil and a light coating of cooking spray (from a can or your own olive oil pump sprayer) and space the balls with at least an inch between each other. Bake until they are roasted to a deep golden brown. Check every10 minutes and agitate them so they bake evenly.