Baked Turkey Meatballs

by Pamela

Baked Turkey Meatballs

Baked Turkey Meatballs

Confession time.  We have been eating way to many things that are not too good for us and it’s starting to show.  I usually hate when this happens.  Well I still am not happy about the situation, especially since it means our clothes are fitting a little more snug than either of us would like and I’m going to have to stop with my glasses of wine (for a little while).  But for some strange reason I feel a calmness about the next few weeks.

I think the calmness is because the weather has finally started to break around here and I think I’m beginning to feel a bit more optimistic about Spring being right around the corner.  There are more types of fruits and vegetables showing up at the market now so I have started concocting more lighter dishes in my head.

As a kickoff for our self-imposed healthy eating changes (I suppose I should say that Craig had no say in this decision.  The dietary decision has been imposed on both of us by my singular self.  When his pants fit more comfortably, he’ll thank me.  Until then, he won’t be able to find the beer until I can start drinking wine again.) I made turkey meatballs because  I thought that would be a little more fun than a turkey meatloaf, and it’s an easy recipe.  They’re so round and cute.

Relationship Advice

So speaking of making things a little more fun…Let’s talk about making things a little more fun in the bedroom.  Explore your fantasies.  Of course, these need to be discussed with one another and agreed upon.  One person’s fantasy may be the other person’s nightmare (see “self imposed dietary decision above).  But how about a little dress up, or pick up some whipped cream and chocolate syrup or maybe even a copy of the Kama Sutra.  Just think fun and creative.

Makes 12 meatballs


  • 1 Pound Ground Turkey
  • 1/2 Cup Grated Carrots
  • 1/2 Cup Grated Onions
  • 1 Teaspoon Fresh Thyme
  • 1 Teaspoon Lemon Zest
  • 1 Teaspoon Parsley (finely chopped)
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ancho Chile Powder
  • 1/4 Cup Crackers (crushed fine)
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1/2 Cup White Wine (chardonnay)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Fresh Ground Pepper
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Olive Oil


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.

Use the olive oil to lightly oil an 8″x8″ square baking dish.

In a large bowl thoroughly mix all of the ingredients except for the Parmesan cheese and olive oil.

Pull a handful (about 1/2 cup) of the turkey mixture and toss back and forth in your hands to form a ball.  The ball should form rather easily.

Once the meatball is formed, place it in the baking dish.

After all of the meatballs are in the dish, cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes.  After 40 minutes remove the foil and continue baking for an additional 15 minutes.

Remove the meatballs from the oven and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

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Larry January 15, 2011 at 11:17 am

I don’t like to write negative things about something someone has put so much effort into developing, but……..this was the worst recipe I have ever made. The meatballs tasted like lemon and were just disgusting. I made them EXACTLY as the recipe was written. They didn’t taste like anything accept sawdust with a strong lemon flavor. The smell of this dish was unGodly. I am a good cook and cook and bake daily, I don’t eat out hardly at all. I should have known better given the ingredients. If you make this leave out the lemon zest (ew) and put a teaspoon of basil instead. I can’t tell you what else to put in it………

Pamela January 15, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Hi Larry –

I’m sorry the turkey meatballs did not turn out to your liking. I make these a lot and haven’t had them come out dry yet. I’m wondering if maybe you used the super lean ground turkey. I use the regular ground turkey (usually Jenny-O). Or if maybe our ovens are slightly different and the cooking time is too long for your oven. Something that would make them more moist would be to add cottage cheese to the mixture. I use that when I make turkey meatloaf to help keep it moist.

penny aka jeroxie February 25, 2010 at 3:03 am

turkey is not a protein that I would use regularly. but I do love meatballs. and Ive been eating too much lately as well. time to lose some weight before winter sinks in!

MaryMoh February 21, 2010 at 12:27 pm

I love to cook with turkey mince. I always use it to make dumplings. Your baked turkey meatballs look delicious. I have to try it soon.

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