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How to make juicy turkey meatballs

Love meatballs? Who doesn't? I usually make either beef or chicken meatballs, but last week ground turkey was on sale, and I decided to experiment with it. The problem with ground turkey is that it can be rather dry. But no worries! This recipe that I came up with give you juicy turkey meatballs: trust me!

1 pound ground turkey {Big thanks to my brother, Misha, for telling me that I originally wrote down ground beef...oops}
1/4 red onion, finely chopped
1 yellow zucchini, shredded
1 egg
3 garlic cloves, minced
salt & pepper
3 tablespoons ketchup
1/4 cup panko crumbs
1/4 cup water
24 ounce Arrabbiata Bertolli spicy tomato and red pepper sauce
1 tablespoon sugar

1. Combine all ingredients other than Bertolli sauce and sugar. Form into about 20 meatballs.

2. In a cast iron Lodge skillet heat a bit of oil and brown the meatballs in batches until they are brown on all sides. Be careful when you turn them around because they'll be a bit fragile and not like hockey pucks!

3. Add Bertolli sauce and sugar to the skillet. Then carefully add the meatballs to the sauce, making sure to spoon the sauce over the meatballs. Let simmer for 30 minutes. Make sure the meatballs are cooked through on the inside.

Serve the meatballs with mashed potatoes, over spaghetti, with rice or as appetizers.


Unknown said...

Healthy food has never looked so good! Send some samples!

Unknown said...

your ingredients say "ground beef" :)

Delicious Dishings said...

They look great! Ooh and you used the Bertolli sauce. Still deciding what to do with mine. Love your pictures!

The Nervous Cook said...

Meat balls with mashed potatoes? Is that a thing? I mean, I can get behind anything with mashed potatoes, but I've never heard of the MB/MP combo.

These look great!

K said...

These look great! Thanks for sharing the recipe :o)

Simones Kitchen said...

Ah some great looking meatballs Olga!

Cindy said...


What's the white powdery stuff on the right-hand that looks like flour in the picture?

Juliana said...

Yummie, your turkey meatballs sure look delicious!

Evan Halperin said...

About to make this, or something very close. Great recpie

Jenna said...

Those look delicious! And I love your food styling - so clever to put them in the glass like that.

tigerfish said...

So what made the turkey moist and juicy? Is it the zucchini?

grace said...

i'm pretty keen on meatballs, but the massive amounts of grease yielded from the beefy ones turns my stomach. this is a great alternative--juicy in a good way! the sauce looks delicious too. :)

EAJ said...

I am sure we will have zucchini in from our CSA this week. What a great way to use it up!