turkey’s got some balls . . . of meat

16 to be exact. Well, that’s how many 1.25 lbs of ground turkey meat yielded. Not just any old meatball, but 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 meal! These savory spheres boast delicious, wholesome ingredients—fresh basil, thyme, rosemary, but are still on the lighter side. You might think turkey would mean dry, but by adding pungent herbs, parmesan, skim ricotta, and a little lemon, we keep these moist & extremely flavorful. Turkey doesn’t have to be saved for the holidays. It’s time to get our dinner-on!

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Turkey Meatballs with Ricotta & Basil
Perfect turkey meatballs
Serves: 16 amazing balls of meat!
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What to get:
  • 1 package fresh ground turkey (approx 1.25 lbs)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • ½ cup skim ricotta cheese
  • ½ onion, sweet white (finely chopped)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 T parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1 T fresh chopped basil
  • ¼ tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • ¼ fresh rosemary, chopped
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper, coarse
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • dash cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 3T Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO), for browning on stove
What to do:
  1. Measure and prep all ingredients.
  2. Mix all ingredients with ground turkey, combining well.
  3. Preheat oven to 375.
  4. Roll turkey mix into meatballs, about golf ball sized.
  5. Preheat a large non-stick skillet or Dutch oven on stove,adding few tablespoons EVOO.
  6. To skillet/pot add a batch of meatballs, not overcrowding
  7. Brown on ALL sides, on medium heat
  8. On a baking pan lined with foil, spray with oil & all place browned meatballs
  9. Bake in 375 degree oven for ~15 minutes, or until done.
  10. Serve with side of warm marinara or over any 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!!

Beef meatballs seem to be the standard, but if you’re looking to keep it light, give these little guys a whirl. You can serve them-up over spaghetti, in a meatball sandwich, or just solo as an appetizer with some dippage (mmm marinara). You’ll have an empty pan in no time, so you might want to double the batch!

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