If you’re an Italian-Sunday dinner traditionalist, this may not be for you. For one, these meatballs are made with ground turkey. And I don’t fry them; these are baked. Plus I add a little sumthin’ sumthin’ to them that gives them a tangy, moist kick – BBQ sauce! You can still use your favorite tomato sauce, or if you’re looking for a recipe, try mine (give the eggplant parm a try too!) What I really like about this recipe is that the meatballs are light and healthier for you than the traditional ones.
Baked Turkey Meatballs
1 small onion, finely grated
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 large egg
1/4 cup plain bread crumbs
2 tbsp BBQ sauce
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
1/4 cup grated Pecorino
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 lb ground turkey
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a mixing bowl, add all ingredients except the ground turkey.
**You may notice in my picture that there are some bigger pieces of onion. That was my mistake, I didn’t grate them fine enough. You will probably want to try to grate them finer/smaller.
Using a wooden spoon, mix until combined.
Then add ground turkey and mix to combine.
If the mixture looks too dry, add a little more BBQ sauce. If the mixture looks too wet, add a little more bread crumbs. Basically you want to turkey mixture to be the right consistency to form a ball and stay together. Now this is where it gets fun -get your kids to help too! Using your fingers, scoop up a little of the mixture and roll into a ball. Place the meatballs on a baking sheet that’s been covered with aluminum foil and sprayed with a little Pam. Easy cleanup when these meatballs are done baking!
I typically make mine a little bigger than bite-size – maybe about 2 bites? This recipe yields about 2 dozen of these smallish meatballs. Place your tray into the oven and bake for about 20 minutes; internal temperature should reach 165 degrees.
Add the meatballs to your sauce and serve. Or you can store these in an air-tight container and freeze them; reheat them in tomato sauce for a quick meal some other night.