Thursday, May 16, 2013

greek-ish turkey meatballs.

About 2 years ago we made the big switch and started using turkey mince (ground turkey) instead of beef mince. Turkey (or chicken) mince is cheaper and healthier than beef mince and it turns out that we ended up liking it better than beef! Crazy, right?!

I always use turkey mince in our tacos, spaghetti and chilli, so when I stumbled upon this little recipe, I knew I just had to try it!

15 May 2013- meatballs016

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Makes approximately 30 meatballs

500grams (1pound) turkey mince (ground turkey)
4 cloves fresh garlic, grated
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/2 cup reduced fat feta cheese, crumbed
2/3 cup frozen spinach, thawed and drained
1/2 cup semi-dried tomatoes (in water), drained and diced
2 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil (evoo)
zest of one lemon
Salt and Pepper

Preheat oven to 200 C.

Line two baking sheets with baking paper.

Combine turkey, garlic, panko, feta, spinach, tomatoes, eggs, 1/2 of your olive oil, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Take medium-size pinches of the mixture and roll into golfball sized balls. Take your remaining evoo and lightly drizzle over the tops of the meatballs.

Roast in the oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

I served the meatballs on a bed of spaghetti noodles and marinara sauce with a side of steamed broccoli. And let me tell you, it was a hit with the ol' husband who is always begging for pasta dishes.

Tip 1: Use clean hands to combine the mixture... they work the best!
Tip 2: You could make these a bit more bite-sized and serve them on their own as an appetizer at a party or get together (just cook them for less time so they don't get too dry).
Tip 3: I suggested using semi-dried tomatoes instead of sun-dried because I feel like the sun-dried tomatoes can be a bit too chewy at times. But use what you like best of course!
Tip 4: If 30 meatballs sounds like too much to you, freeze half and save them for another night when you haven't had time to make something. Reheat them in some marinara sauce and they should be just as juicy the second time around!

Happy Eating Friends!!

1 comment:

  1. Yum! Thanks for the recipe :) We switched over to turkey a few years ago too, and we were also very shocked when we liked it better than beef. But happily surprised since like you said it's healthier!


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