Thursday, February 9, 2012

Baked Savory Turkey Meatballs

My son has some major food allergies. Turkey is one of his major sources of protein because of those allergies, and I came up with this recipe for him. The whole family loves these turkey meatballs. Ephrem adores them drizzled with a little strawberry vinaigrette, and EVERYBODY loves them with the tangy glaze.

1 pound ground turx
1 1/2 c. bread crumbs
1/4 c. any variety of milk (we use soy, flax, or hemp)
1/4 c. thick pureed carrots (to replace egg)
1 Tbsp. stoneground mustard
2-3 tsp. Balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 small red bell pepper, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 small onion, minced
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. white pepper
2 tsp. organic poultry seasoning
3 tsp. fresh lemon thyme leaves
a good drizzle of olive oil

Throw all the ingredients in a big bowl and combine well with hands. If it seems too wet to hold together well, add more bread crumbs. If it seems a bit dry, add more milk. Form your meatballs to the size you prefer. (This is fun to do with littles too!) Place them closely, but not touching, on an oiled pizza pan or shallow baking pan. I often bake them in mini muffin tins. Bake about 45 minutes to an hour at 375 degrees.
You can enjoy these all kinds of ways. In spaghetti, on a sandwich, next to mashed potatoes, all by themselves...They are tasty!

Tangy Glaze:
1/4 c. ketchup
1 Tbsp. course ground mustard
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. or more chipotle pepper sauce
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 c. packed brown sugar

Combine first 5 ingredients well in a small mixing bowl. Add brown sugar and mix until smooth and well combined.  Spoon over meatballs before baking.

This is the same glaze I put over meatloaf. I promise you'll never want plain ketchup meatloaf again!


  1. I can't even imagine living with allergies. Thanks for stopping by Home Maid Simple! I hope you'll come by tomorrow for our Foodie Friday linky!

  2. Oh yum! These sound really good. I make turkey or chicken meatballs in a pomegranate sauce that only a few of my kids like. I will have to try these to see if they all like them. I will be back to visit for sure!


    1. pomegranate sauce Laura?! That sounds good!!

    2. That really does sound quite good. Gonna have to add that to my to-do list!

  3. My daughter actually prefers turkey meatballs to beef ones. I usually buy them pre-made, but this looks like a very flavorful recipe.

    1. We do not like the premade ones at all here. I regularly cook up an enormous batch of these (think 5 pounds at a time) and then freeze them and pull them out as needed.

  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog & for the sweet comment! Your blog has some wonderful recipes...I'm now following along!

  5. These look fantastic! I love turkey meatballs :)