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Baked Turkey Meatballs Couldn't Be Easier for a Weeknight Meal
2024/04/15

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My, oh my. These delicious little turkey meatballs are so wonderfully easy to make and are just about the most versatile thing you could prepare for a . They're a lighter alternative to traditional beef or pork , but are still packed with moisture and lots of flavor thanks to the combination of breadcrumbs, Worcestershire sauce, and oats. I love 'em because I can make these meatballs for an with one (or both) of the dipping sauces below, or drown them in a jar of good marinara and serve with pasta for a spin on .

Speaking of the dipping sauces below, I couldn't choose my favorite, so I included both.

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The soy-ginger sauce is tangy and sweet while the lemon-herb yogurt sauce is cool and refreshing. They're totally different and equally as good.

Can you make turkey meatballs gluten-free?

Yes, indeed! There's plenty of gluten-free breadcrumbs on the market these days, but to make things easy, just skip the breadcrumbs and use more rolled oats in their place.

What should you not do when making meatballs?

When making meatballs, especially turkey meatballs, never over mix. You want to make sure all of the ingredients are well combined, but don't continue mixing or the meatballs can turn out tough and compact.

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Olive oil, for drizzling

2 lb.

ground turkey (85/15)

1

small onion, grated (about 1/2 c.)

1/4 c.

plain breadcrumbs

1/4 c.

rolled oats, roughly chopped

2 tbsp.

Worcestershire sauce

3/4 tsp.

kosher salt

1/4 tsp.

ground black pepper

1/2 c.

soy sauce

1/4 c.

mirin

2 tbsp.

light brown sugar

1 tbsp.

freshly grated ginger

2

garlic cloves, grated

2 tsp.

cornstarch

2 tsp.

water

1/4 c.

Greek yogurt

Zest and juice of 1 lemon (about 1 tbsp. zest and 2 tbsp. juice)

2 tbsp.

finely chopped parsley

2 tbsp.

finely chopped dill

Kosher salt, to taste

Ground black pepper, to taste

Step  1 For the meatballs: Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a half sheet tray with aluminum foil, drizzle with olive oil, and set aside.

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  Step  2 In a large bowl, thoroughly combine the ground turkey, onion, breadcrumbs, oats, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper.  Using a small cookie scoop or your hands, form 1 1/2-inch meatballs, and transfer to the prepared sheet tray. Drizzle with olive oil, then bake until the meatballs are lightly browned and cooked through, 18 to 22 minutes. Step  3 While the meatballs bake, make the sauce, or sauces. For the soy-ginger sauce: In a small saucepan, whisk together the soy sauce, mirin, brown sugar, ginger, and garlic. Bring to a low boil over medium-high heat. Meanwhile, whisk together the cornstarch and water.

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When the sauce is bubbling, add the cornstarch slurry, whisking constantly. Continue cooking until the sauce has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 1 minute. Keep warm until ready to serve alongside the meatballs. Step  4 For the lemon-herb yogurt sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together the Greek yogurt, lemon zest and juice, parsley, and dill.  Season with salt and pepper, and serve alongside the meatballs.

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