A few weeks ago at my local grocery store that I absolutely love, there was this meat sale. And one of the items was ground turkey. I admit, I'm not a big fan. I bought it regularly when we were first married because my husband liked it but I didn't know how to cook with it. Whenever I made anything, it tasted like a weird form of Thanksgiving dinner to me. ;) So I stopped buying it.
But it was apart of this fun sale, so I couldn't resist. Me and food sales...I just have to buy them. I called my sister when I got home, remembering she had made turkey meatballs one time. She referred me to the Food Network website and I found this recipe. And holy cow....they were heaven! My two year old ate 4 meatballs before I even sautéed them in the marinara sauce. And we devoured the rest over noodles.
1 small onion, grated
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 large egg
1/4 cup dried bread crumbs
3 tablespoons ketchup
1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
1/4 cup grated Pecorino Romano
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 pound ground dark turkey meat
3 tablespoons olive oil
(This is a terrible secret of mine, but when I don't have certain ingredients and I'm already in the process of making something, I just leave it out. I totally left out the Romano and I didn't have bread crumbs, so I used the panko crumbs I had. AND I only used 2 garlic cloves which was plenty garlic enough for me.)
I just put everything into a large bowl and mixed it together. Then I had two plates ready and rolled meat into the size of ping pong balls placing them onto the plates when finished. Have a pan with oil heated and drop in the meatballs. Cook all sides of the meatballs and then place back onto a plate. If you're going to have the meatballs over spaghetti do this:
Drain the oil and pour your choice of marinara sauce back into the pan. Put the meatballs back in and stir. Let simmer for about 15-20 minutes.