|Teriyaki Ground Turkey Meatballs with Brown Rice|
Basic Baked Ground Turkey Meatballs (basic)
- 1 lb. ground turkey. Look for the organic kind if you can find it.
- 1 egg, who need something to bind the meat together so it holds its round shape
- Salt, 1/2 tsp is a good place to start, add more or less to your taste
- Pepper, 1/4 tsp
- 1-2 minced garlic cloves
- Add ingredients below for teriyaki, Italian, Swedish, etc.
- Shape all the ingredients into meatballs. Place on a cookie sheet lined with foil or parchment paper. Bake in a hot oven, 400 degrees F, for 20 minutes until lightly colored.
- Serves 4.
Teriyaki Meatballs, to the basic recipe add---
- 2 green onions chopped into small pieces
- 1/2 cup grated Asian pear, pear, or crisp/tart apple
- Follow directions above for shaping and baking. While meatballs are baking, make sauce.
- Sauce. Mix the ingredients in a pot on the stove top and allow to simmer and thicken:
- 3 Tablespoons of agave syrup, corn syrup, maple syrup, or honey
- 2- 1/2 T. soy sauce
- 3 Tablespoons white distilled or rice vinegar
- 1-1 1/2 T. fresh ginger minced/grated
- When the meatballs are done baking, add them to the simmering sauce in the pot. Roll them around to become coated.
- Serve the teriyaki turkey meatballs with rice and a green vegetable like bok choy, snow peas, zucchini, or even a vegetable stir-fry, whatever you like.
- Leftovers: serve in lettuce wraps with marinated vegetables like carrot twigs, bean sprouts, spiralized cucumbers, thinly sliced green peppers, etc.
Italian Meatballs, to the basic recipe add---
- 1/2 cup of grated (fine) carrots, zucchini, summer squash, or sweet potato. I use the finest grate for the carrots and they are so moist and wonderful!
- 1-2 T. of Italian breadcrumbs, or plain bread crumbs and 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning mix
- 1-2 T. grated Parmesan cheese
- 1-2 T. fresh Italian parsley, finely chopped
- Bake according to the above directions
- Serve with marina sauce on pasta, or (our favorite) polenta, or blanched spiralized zucchini
- For leftovers, make these into turkey meatball subs with marina sauce and a slice of mozzarella cheese on a halved baguette, toasted (or broiled) to melt the cheese.
Swedish meatballs, to the basic recipe add---
- 1/4-1/2 cup finely chopped or grated onion
- 1/4 cup finely grated sweet potatoes or carrots
- 1/4 cup of plain bread crumbs
- (Only use 1 minced garlic clove or none, as most Swedish meatball recipes do not call for any.)
- 1/4 t. nutmeg
- 1/4 t. allspice
- 1/4 t. cardamom (optional)
- 1 T. parsley, chopped
- increase black pepper to 1/2 t.
- Gravy Sauce: While meatballs are baking, as per above directions above, make the gravy. (Swedish meatballs are all about the gravy.)
- Make a roux with 1/3 cup butter and 1/4 cup flour. Whisk together in a saute pan over medium heat until slightly brown and thickened, slowly whisk in---
- 1 qt of beef, chicken, or turkey broth (I've only used beef broth) when the roux and broth are nicely mixed, stir in---
- 1/2-2/3 cup sour cream or heavy whipping cream
- Salt and pepper to taste
- When the meatballs are done baking, add them to the simmering gravy and cover each one.
- Serve on egg noodles or mashed potatoes. Garnish with more parsley.
Thai Turkey Meatballs and Peanut Sauce, to the basic recipe add--- (I haven't made these meatballs, yet, but I have made the peanut sauce and served it with cooked chicken pieces. Delicious.)
- 1-2 chopped green onions
- 1/2 c. finely grated carrots
- 1 tsp. curry
- 1-2 tsp. grated ginger, fresh
- Bake according to directions above. While meatballs are baking, make peanut sauce in a saucepan on the stove:
- Peanut Sauce:
- One 14 oz can of coconut milk
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 T. soy sauce
- 1 tsp. chopped cilantro
- 1 T. sugar or honey
- 1 T. lime juice
- Simmer until hot and all ingredients are well mixed.
- Serve with jasmine rice (or whatever rice you like). Top each serving with several meatballs and plenty of peanut sauce. I bet this will become a family favorite.
Have fun experimenting with Baked Turkey Meatballs. Let me know if you have any favorite meatball recipes I can try.
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