Here is part II of my family favorites installment (part I was Grandpa Julie’s Favorite Borscht). These turkey (or chicken Parmesan) meatballs are easy to make and really delicious. And, they provide a healthy, high protein meal. I like these on a sandwich, on pasta, or just as they are. When I recently made this recipe, I doubled it and made 15 large turkey meatballs. Doing the recipe as is, you could probably make about a dozen medium sized meatballs. I have adapted this one from a Cooking Light recipe I found a couple of years ago.
Here’s what you will need:
2 pounds ground turkey or chicken (I use the extra extra lean Jennie-O ground turkey)
3/4 cup grated Parmesan (I like the Trader Joe’s one)
3-4 tablespoons tomato paste
3 cloves of garlic, minced, finely chopped or crushed
a generous handful chopped basil
a handful chopped parsley
1 cup breadcrumbs
1 egg (or I do two egg whites)
salt and pepper to taste
Here’s what you do:
1. Choose your cooking option. You can either make these on the BBQ or in the oven. If making them on the grill, preheat your grill. If making them in the oven, preheat to 375 degrees.
2. Place all the ingredients in a large bowl. That means the turkey, Parmesan, tomato paste, garlic, basil, parsley, breadcrumbs, egg, and salt and pepper. (Note, my picture doesn’t have the turkey in it because I am not a fan of cooking blogs that have pictures of raw meat, doesn’t look too tasty.)
3. Mix all the ingredients together with your hands. That means get dirty, and thoroughly combine all the ingredients until they are incorporated into the turkey.
4. Grease a large cookie sheet or baking dish. Then, make meatballs using your hands and place them on the cookie sheet. As I mentioned, doubling the recipe you can make 15 large meatballs. Regular recipe, you should be able to make about a dozen medium meatballs. Make meatballs until you have used up all the mixture, any size you like.
5. When all your meatballs are ready, you can either cook them on the grill until they are cooked through, or put them in the oven for about 25-35 minutes (depending on how big they are). When you cook them in the oven, if you add a little water or broth to the bottom of the pan it helps keep them moist.
Once they are fully cooked, enjoy!