We have “Italian Sunday” every Sunday – which mostly means “Italian-American Sunday Fat Kid Status Meat and Pasta Fest with Wine”.
So these meatballs make appearances regularly, and we don’t get tired of them. A batch makes about 6 meals worth of meatballs for 2 so we eat leftovers in a day or two and freeze the rest in batches.
They’re medium-easy to make (disposable gloves help if you don’t want to touch the meat) and are wonderfully suited for going into the drink (sauce/gravy) at some point. I’ve been browning them in the oven lately to health it up a smidgen but they are super fantastic browned in a pan with oil. And yes we have sausages with them. *burp*
Not shown: half a loaf of garlic bread slices… (and cookie cake) (I know)
Edit 4/2020: you don’t have to be having sauce to enjoy these! Spray tops lightly with olive oil and bake in oven at 375F for 15-20 minutes until internal temp reaches 165F. Then serve with whatever you please! They can also be made perfectly with only turkey!
1cupsof panko breadcrumbs or cornflake crumbs(have a little extra ready, in case meatball mix is too goopy)
1package of ground turkey
1package of ground pork
3/4cupof grated parmesan cheese
1/2teaspoonground black pepper
1/4teaspoonred pepper flakes
2tablespoonsextra virgin olive oil
Preheat oven at 400 degreesF.
Line 2 baking sheets with foil and lightly grease with cooking spray.
Label 2 quart freezer bags with today’s date.
In a large bowl, whisk together wet ingredients: 2 eggs, olive oil,
Stir in veggies: parsley, garlic, onion & roasted red pepper.
Next: stir in dry ingredients: breadcrumbs, parmesan, oregano, basil, salt, pepper & red pepper flakes.
Add turkey & pork into the bowl. Mix with hands until just incorporated. Don't overwork the mixture. If mixture seems to wet, add in more bread crumbs ¼ cup at a time.
Form into 1½ inch balls with hands or ice cream scoop. Lay on prepared baking sheets.
Place in oven and cook until browned. About 10-14 minutes. Rotate sheet pans once in middle of cooking if one pan isn't browning.
Remove from oven. Put meatballs for tonight’s dinner in sauce. (We actually put ours in a seperate pot of heated sauce so we can freeze/reuse leftover sauce.)
Simmer meatballs in sauce until internal temperature reaches 165F.
Once cooled put meatballs in single layer into freezer bags. Remove air and freeze. They’ll keep for about 3 months.
If using fresh bread crumbs, elliminate olive oil from recipe!If you don’t have an oven, these meatballs can be browned in a frying pan with a little olive oil and then cooked stovetop in your sauce.If not using with sauce, spray tops of meatballs with olive oil lightly and bake at 375F for 15-20 minutes until internal temp reaches 165F.
Keyword baked, hearty, juicy, meatball, meaty, no beef