EASY BAKED TURKEY MEATBALLS (+ VIDEO)

 We’ve been headed to the beach in the morning – building sand castles, zooming trucks around, splashing in the water – and then hitting up the pool in the afternoons. The kids are practicing their swimming, jumping in from the sides and just living it up. It’s been so great to have a week off (mostly) with these crazy kiddos. 🙂

And not to be short, but I’m ready to get back to it, so without further ado, let’s get to today’s recipe!

I’m always tempted to buy frozen meatballs at the store. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve picked up various brands and bags and thought I might cave and buy them.



INGREDIENTS

1.25 pounds ground turkey (see notes)

1/2 small onion, grated (or very finely chopped)

1 clove garlic, minced

1 egg

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/3 cup unseasoned breadcrumbs

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)


INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 400. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray for easy clean-up.

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl until combined. Be careful not to overmix. I usually start with a fork to get things somewhat combined and then use my hands to gently mix it together well.

Shape into 1-inch round meatballs and place on prepared baking sheet.

Bake for 20-22 minutes, until done.


NOTES

Serve these meatballs with pasta and marinara sauce, or stuff them into a hoagie for a meatball sub. Or serve them as an appetizer with toothpicks and sauce for dipping.

I use the 7% fat ground turkey; it’s lean but still has good flavor. You could also sub lean ground beef here, if you prefer.

You can easily double the recipe and bake extra meatballs to freeze. Cool then place the extra baked meatballs in a labeled freezer Ziploc bag and remove excess air before sealing. To reheat, just pop a batch in the microwave. Start with 1 minute then add time in 30-second intervals until they are heated through. You also can heat them on the stove in a pan as you warm up your marinara sauce.

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