Recipe: Turkey Meatballs that you can dress up in a million ways!

This is one of my very favorite recipes where ground turkey is concerned because these meatballs are plump, moist, flavorful, juicy and delicious enough to make anyone drool! I think I've love this recipe most in particular because it's far from the traditional Italian meatball recipe.

Recipe: Turkey Meatballs that are NOT just for Spaghetti but are oh, so fabulous!!!

1lb ground turkey
1/2 cup minced onion
1/2 cup grated carrot
1 clove garlic, minced (or 1 teaspoon crushed garlic)
2 teaspoon FRESH thyme (don't use dried!) leaves, minced
2 tablespoon FRESH parsley, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 slice whole wheat bread pulsed into fine crumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Using your food processor, pulse ingredients SEPARATELY and put into a large bowl in this order: bread, herbs, cheese, carrot and then, onion & garlic. Combine them well with a spoon and add in salt & pepper. Add ground turkey, combining well with your hands.

Using an ice cream scoop, portion out 15 meatballs and place on a greased sheet pan.  Bake at 400 degrees for 18-22 minutes.

For appetizers:

Using a melon baller, portion out the meatballs on a greased baking sheet.

Place under the broiler on HIGH for 8 minutes. At this point in time, baste on any flavoring you desire. If you want to make them Asian-style, brush on a Spicy Garlic dipping sauce/marinade, sprinkle on sesame seeds, and let cook another 4 minutes under the broiler on HIGH. Remove from oven and serve! If you don't wish to add any additional flavoring, let cook a total of 11-12 minutes under the broiler on HIGH.

Freezer tip:
Let cool completely and then, freeze on the sheet you baked them on!  Once frozen, place into Ziploc bag.  To thaw, set out however many you wish to eat and microwave on High for 45-50 seconds.  Freezing things this way ensures they won't become a clumped mess and will stay individual. 


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