Turkey Meatballs

Recipe from NYT cooking

Ingredients

  • 1.5 pounds ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup panko or other plain dried bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives or basil (or parsley)
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated on a microplane or minced
  • 1.5 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cups marinara sauce, more to taste

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine cheese, bread crumbs, onion, chives, garlic, salt, pepper, oregano and red pepper flakes, if using, and mix well.
  • Add turkey and egg and blend with your hands until well mixed.
  • Form into 28 meatballs, each about 1 1/4-inches in diameter.

Cooking the meatballs

The easiest way to cook these is to simply form the meatballs and drop them into the tomato sauce to cook for 20 minutes. Another option is to bake them in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes. The original directions for pan frying continue below.

  • Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large sauté pan. When hot, add enough of the meatballs to fit in one layer without crowding, and brown on all sides, 5 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate, add another tablespoon of oil to pan and brown another layer of meatballs, transferring them to the plate as they brown. Repeat until all meatballs are browned, adding more oil to the pan as needed.
  • When meatballs are all browned, add marinara sauce to pan and bring to a simmer, scraping up the browned bits on the pan bottom. Return meatballs and their juices to pan, shake pan to cover the meatballs with sauce, and lower heat. Partly cover pan and simmer until the meatballs are cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Serve hot, drizzled with more olive oil and sprinkled with more cheese, if you like.

Measurements in grams for using 1 pound ground turkey

  • 30 grams grated Parmesan cheese, more for serving, if desired
  • 22 grams panko or other plain dried bread crumbs
  • 26 grams minced onion
  • 5 grams chopped chives or basil
  • 7 grams garlic, grated on a microplane or minced
  • 6 grams kosher salt
  • 1 gram black pepper
  • Pinch dried oregano
  • Pinch red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 pound ground turkey, very cold
  • 1 small or medium egg, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, more as needed
  • 3 cups marinara sauce, more to taste