Rose Mary Mogan


I created this recipe for dinner on yesterday. It is what my hubby wanted for the first meal of the New Year.

I had gotten the ground turkey at a really great price, & just couldn't resist the bargain. The turkey is 93 percent lean, & only 7 per cent fat, so a healthier alternative.

I must admit I was a little leery about only using ground turkey, but I pumped up the flavors by adding Italian Spice seasoning & DRY SALAD Italian Seasoning mix, then the Panko Bread Crumbs & eggs to hold them together, & didn't add any extra liquid, & they turned out perfect w/ a few additional Spices.

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2 1/2 lb
ground turkey (93 percent lean) sam's club
2 large
eggs,room temperature
2 c
panko bread crumbs
4-6 clove
garlic, minced
1 Tbsp
granulated garlic powder
1 Tbsp
italian seasoning spice
2 tsp
1 Tbsp
granulated onion powder
2 Tbsp
dried chopped chive
2 pkg
italian seasoning salad dressing mix (0.7 oz size)
1 c
milk or water or chicken broth if desired(optional) i didn't use any
1 c
grated parmesan/romano cheese blend


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1I called these HUNGRY MANS MEAT BALLS, OR THEY COULD HAVE BEEN CALLED MAN PLEASING MEAT BALLS because of the size. I made them the size of golf balls to please my MEAT LOVING HUSBAND. But you can make them smaller if you like. I could only eat one with the quick sauce and pasta that I made to go with it. Of course I had to have garlic bread too. Some of the ingredients used in the recipe.

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2Add the ground turkey to a large bowl.

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3Combine all of the spices together in a small bowl. Then add them to the ground turkey, or add each one individually if desired.

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4Add both of the dry Italian seasoning packets.

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5Then add the Panko, grated cheese blend, & both eggs & minced garlic.

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6Stir to mix together, but not too much.

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7Just until mixture holds together. Spray a long pan with cooking spray or use aluminum foil and spray, then shape meat Balls into desired size. I got 24 units from my mixture, shaping about the size of golf balls.

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8Place in Preheated 350 degrees F. oven and bake for about 30 to 40 minutes. I baked for 40 minutes. Temperature should be around 180 degrees F. I then made a pasta sauce and added the meat balls to the sauce.

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9You can serve them plain if desired, with the sauce, or as desired. I am sure You will enjoy this TURKEY ONLY healthier version of meat Balls.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Turkey, Other Main Dishes
Main Ingredient: Turkey
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Low Fat
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy