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Easy and Tasty Garlic-Parmesan Turkey Meatballs

These scrumptious, gluten-free garlic-parmesan turkey meatballs are a real crowdpleaser. Here, traditional breadcrumbs are replaced with a hearty portion of freshly grated Parmesan cheese, while a combination of spices and fresh herbs pack tons of flavor into every bite.

These meatballs freeze well, so make a double or triple batch, if time allows. Then simply pull out of the freezer, reheat, and serve for a quick and delicious weeknight meal. My husband has to be careful with ground beef to avoid experiencing gout. We often swap ground turkey for the beef and still get to enjoy our favorite dishes!

Garlic-Parmesan Turkey Meatballs

Tips for Buying Ground Turkey

  • The dark meat is better as a replacement for ground beef. If you can’t find it on the shelves, ask the butcher if it’s available to be freshly-ground!
  • Use ALL of the seasoning in the directions for full-flavor garlic-parmesan turkey meatballs.
  • Don’t over-mix the meat. Too much handling causes tougher finish.
  • Cook to 165-degrees Fahrenheit to avoid dry meatballs.
  • Don’t under-cook!

Ingredients You’ll Need:

2 cups tomato sauce
2 pounds ground turkey breast (dark meat, if possible)
1 large (or 2 small) eggs
1½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1½ tablespoon fresh oregano leaves
3 tablespoon fresh basil leaves, chopped
3 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
3 cloves fresh garlic, finely minced
1 tablespoon onion salt
½ tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
Optional: Additional tomato sauce, Parmesan cheese, and fresh basil (for serving)

Want to convert fresh herbs to dry herbs? Here’s how:

For each tablespoon of fresh herbs, substitute one teaspoon of dried herbs.

Garlic-Parmesan Turkey Meatballs

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or non-stick baking mats. Set aside.

Pour tomato sauce into 9×13” glass baking dish and spread in a thin layer to cover the bottom and set aside.

Add ground turkey, eggs, Parmesan cheese, oregano, basil, parsley, garlic, onion salt, and crushed red pepper flakes to a large bowl. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste.

Thoroughly combine mixture and divide into 24 equal-sized portions. (For larger meatballs, separate into 18 portions). Add more Parmesan cheese, if necessary, to bind the ingredients.

Gently roll each portion into a ball and place on prepared baking sheet, leaving room between each meatball. Place baking sheet in pre-heated oven and bake for 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven and transfer meatballs to prepared baking dish.

Drizzle with additional tomato sauce and Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Place baking dish in oven for approximately 10 minutes, or until sauce and meatballs are heated through. Remove from oven and serve immediately with additional tomato sauce, Parmesan cheese, and fresh basil, if desired. Enjoy!

Garlic-Parmesan Turkey Meatballs

Garlic-Parmesan Turkey Meatballs

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

These scrumptious, gluten-free garlic-parmesan turkey meatballs are a real crowdpleaser!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 2 pounds ground turkey breast
  • 1 large (or 2 small) eggs
  • 1½ cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1½ tablespoons fresh oregano leaves
  • 3 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tablepsoon onion salt
  • ½ tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Optional: Additional tomato sauce, Parmesan cheese, and fresh basil for serving.

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a non-stick baking mat. Set aside.



Pour tomato sauce into 9x13” glass baking dish and spread in a thin layer to cover the bottom and set aside.



Add ground turkey, eggs, Parmesan cheese, oregano, basil, parsley, garlic, onion salt, and crushed red pepper flakes to a large bowl. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Thoroughly combine mixture and divide into 24 equal-sized portions. (For larger meatballs, separate into 18 portions). Add more Parmesan cheese, if necessary, to bind the ingredients.



Gently roll each portion into a ball and place on prepared baking sheet, leaving room between each meatball. Place baking sheet in pre-heated oven and bake for 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven and transfer meatballs to prepared baking dish. Drizzle with additional tomato sauce and Parmesan cheese, if desired.



Place baking dish in oven for approximately 10 minutes, or until sauce and meatballs are heated through. Remove from oven and serve immediately with additional tomato sauce, Parmesan cheese, and fresh basil, if desired. Enjoy!

Notes

To help the meatballs hold their round shape, bake them on their own first before adding the tomato sauce.

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Garlic-Parmesan Turkey Meatballs
These scrumptious, gluten-free garlic-parmesan turkey meatballs are a real crowdpleaser.

One Comment

  1. Suzanne Greene

    Ooh, these look so good! I am definitely going to have to try them.

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