Monday, March 31, 2008

Turkey Meatballs

Recipe: Turkey Meatballs

Shortly after breaking my ankle in January, my friend Jenni arrived with much-needed food. One of the things which she brought were meatballs made from ground turkey. She had given me this recipe last year, and it is Jack's favorite (please, don't anyone tell my Mom that he said this!). I made a batch a few days ago, using a few and freezing the rest. They are moist because they are baked in a bit of chicken broth and are very, very flavorful with a nice (but not overwhelming) garlic punch. Perfect for on top of a mound o' spaghetti!

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Turkey Meatballs

Recipe By: Jenni
Servings: 9

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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1 large egg
2 large egg whites
2/3 cup whole wheat bread crumbs -- unseasoned
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup skim milk
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons dried oregano
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
20 ounces ground turkey
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup water

Preheat oven to 425F

Beat eggs in a large bowl, add ingredients through cayenne and mix thoroughly. Add the turkey and mix lightly until well-combined.

Spray 2 baking sheets with cooking spray. Form the meat mixture into 18 balls (I used a batter scoop which holds 3 tablespoons, 1-3/4 ounces weight before cooking) and place in the prepared pans. Pour 1/2 cup broth and 1/4 cup water into each sheet. Spray meatballs with cooking spray. Carefully place in oven.

Bake for 20 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked through (if using an instant-read thermometer, test one. They are done when at 165F).

If the broth evaporates during cooking, carefully add a small amount of water.

"18 pieces"

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Per serving: 171 Calories (kcal); 9g Total Fat; (46% calories from fat); 15g Protein; 8g Carbohydrate; 73mg Cholesterol; 677mg Sodium
Food Exchanges: 1/2 Grain(Starch); 2 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates