that turkey’s got some balls, of meat…
…17 to be exact. Well, that’s how much 1.25 lbs of ground turkey meat yielded. I am talking about awesome turkey ricotta meatballs with basil. Since our recent post focused on garden herbs, I felt there was no better time to incorporate them into a dish! These savory spheres boast delicious, wholesome ingreds, like fresh basil, thyme, rosemary, parm cheese & skim ricotta. They’re are moist & extremely falvorful. I ate my fare share already, sans pasta!
I think these are a must have in your line-up, you could serve over spaghetti, as a meatball sandwich, or as an appetizer with some dippage, preferably marinara. Yum.
Let’s roll-up our sleeves and get to it!…
Turkey Meatballs with Ricotta & Basil
What to get...
- 1 package fresh ground turkey (approx 1.25 lbs)
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1 cup dry bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup skim ricotta cheese
- 1/2 onion, sweet white, finely chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 Tbl parmesan cheese, shredded
- 1 Tbl fresh chopped basil
- 1/4 tsp fresh thyme leaves
- 1/4 fresh rosemary, chopped
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper, coarse
- 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- dash cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp lemon zest
What to do...
- measure and prep all ingredients
- mix all ingredients with ground turkey, combining well
- preheat oven to 375
- roll turkey mix into meatballs, about golf ball sized
- on a large non-stick skillet on stove, spray well with oil and preheat
- add a batch of meatballs, not overcrowding
- brown on ALL sides, on medium heat
- on a baking pan lined with parchment, spray with oil & place browned meatballs
- bake in 375 degree oven for approx 15 minutes, or until done.
- serve with side of warm marinara or over a pasta dish
These are great and you can easily make a bigger batch and freeze them. if so, freeze them at room temp on baking sheet, not touching for about 30 mins. Remove and place in air-tight container & return to freezer. You can defrost in fridge and reheat in oven when ready to use! Delicious with pasta or solo, as an app with marinara dip. Enjoy!!
from the kitchen of www.dinnervine.com
I hope you give this classic, turkey meatball version a try. This one makes for a protein-packed, healthier appetizer, which is sure to leave an empty tray. Easily make a double batch for parties. I wish a happy & relaxing Sunday to you all!