hungry mans turkey meat balls

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By Rose Mary Mogan
from Sauk Village, IL

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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serves Makes 24 HEARTY MEAT BALLS
prep time 30 Min
cook time 40 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For hungry mans turkey meat balls

  • 2 1/2 lb
    ground turkey (93 percent lean) sam's club
  • 2 lg
    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

How To Make hungry mans turkey meat balls

  • 1
    I 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.
  • 2
    Add the ground turkey to a large bowl.
  • 3
    Combine all of the spices together in a small bowl. Then add them to the ground turkey, or add each one individually if desired.
  • 4
    Add both of the dry Italian seasoning packets.
  • 5
    Then add the Panko, grated cheese blend, & both eggs & minced garlic.
  • 6
    Stir to mix together, but not too much.
  • 7
    Just 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.
  • Man Pleasing Turkey Lovers Meat Balls, full of flavor from the Italian Seasoning and Minced garlic.
    Place 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.
  • 9
    You 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.