Sunday, July 25, 2010

Baked Turkey "Party" Meatballs

I had some leftover ground turkey that I wanted to use up.  My hubby suggested mini-meatballs, great idea, so that's just what I made.  Our 3 year old son LOVED them.  I call them "Party" meatballs because they are fun to dip and eat and of course they would be great with a toothpick stuck in them for a party!  They were easy to make.  I did a quick online search and found someone who suggested using a mini muffin tin...brilliant!  It worked great!  We dipped them in Marinara sauce, but you could also try barbecue sauce or another favorite sauce.

And they are fun for kids!  Here is our son enjoying them, he had thirds. 
that's our nosy kitty in the background :)

Ingredients: (makes 24 mini meatballs)
-1/2 - 3/4 pound lean ground turkey
-1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
-1/8 cup Egg Beater's
-1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning
-1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
-1 teaspoon garlic powder
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1/4 cup dry bread crumbs, plus more for tossing

Preheat oven to 400'F. Mix all ingredients very well in a large mixing bowl.  Use a #70 scoop (~1/2oz), scoop portions of the meat mixture and shape into balls. Place some of the extra bread crumbs in a small dish and roll the meatballs in the crumbs, one at a time, to coat well. Replenish the bread crumbs as needed.
Place the meatballs in a mini-muffin tin --- one per cup --- and bake for 14-15 minutes, until they reach an internal temperature of 165'F.  Jiggle the tin a couple of times or use the tip of a butter knife to turn the meatballs at least once 1/2 way through cooking. The meatballs should be golden and cooked through. 
TIPS: Double this recipe for a party, you can always use eggs (1/4cup Egg Beater's = 1 large egg).  These meatballs can be frozen in small batches so you can take them out as needed for pasta, sandwiches or a snack.

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