Simply Homemade: Greek Turkey Meatballs

Have you ever stumbled across a food that you eat and just know, without a shadow of a doubt, that you will crave it and need to have to have it again as soon as possible? I’m not talking about a great dish at a restaurant that you would go back and order again. I’m talking about a dish where every ingredient that makes it delicious is one of your favorites. I’m talking about a food that makes your taste buds sing and do a happy dance…at the same time! Ground turkey, fresh parsley, and feta – oh my!! Prepare your taste buds for my sister’s to-die-for Greek Turkey Meatballs recipe 🙂

Quite an introduction for the recipe this week, huh? Trust me, this recipe deserves that kind of build up. Now that I’ve got your attention I want to tell you how this latest craving came into my life. My youngest sister was expecting her first baby so, naturally, my other sisters and I decided randomly one day that we were going to invade her house and prep some freezer meals for her and her newly growing family. Imagine four adult sisters and their mom meal planning, divvying ingredients into lists to divide and conquer at various grocery stores, and then completely taking over her entire kitchen and dining room. Two hours after arriving in her kitchen, we had demolished that meal plan of freezer meals. Everything from homemade chicken stock, to quinoa casserole, to chicken enchiladas, to broccoli rice bakes, to philly sliders, to Greek meatballs had been knocked out and put into their freezer within record time. All that was left for the expectant parents was to recover from the tornado of cooking activity in their house then wait patiently for the arrival of their sweet, sweet baby!

When my sisters and I get together in the kitchen we are truly a force to be reckoned with! My favorite part of cooking with them is that they are ALL amazing cooks. Even if we aren’t making a new recipe we inevitably end up talking about variations or things we have tried recently. My youngest sister’s Greek meatballs were new to the rest of us so we let her take charge that day and make them herself. However, when those babies were pulled out of the oven and set on the table to cool, every single one of us forgot they were intended to be for freezer meals. In our defense we obviously had no choice but to taste test for safety reasons, right? The problem with that is that once we started we could not get enough of the fantastic flavors and kept sneaking more. Needless to say, we all made to sure to leave that day with the ingredient list and loose guideline of how she made them. Lucky for all of you, she was very helpful with helping me to recreate the dish so I could share it 🙂

If you are a fan of flavors typical to Greek cuisine please, for the love of all that is right in this world, try this recipe! They are ridiculously amazing as an appetizer served with tzatziki dipping sauce, or served with a light lemon sauce over orzo, and can be made into a meatloaf style form instead of meatballs. They freeze beautifully but, fair warning, you will need to make a big batch if that’s your intention because they are too addicting to stop eating! I hope you all enjoy this and thank you again to my creative cook of a sister for introducing this to us all!


Greek Turkey Meatballs

  • Servings: Approximately 20 meatballs total
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These are equally delicious as an appetizer or as part of a main dish!




Ingredients


-1 pound ground turkey
-3/4 cup italian breadcrumbs
-1 egg
-4 ounces (1/2 cup) feta cheese crumbles
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-1/2 teaspoon pepper
-1/2 teaspoon garlic
-1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
-1 teaspoon chopped fresh dill (or dried works too!)
-Optional to serve with meatballs: orzo, naan bread, tzatziki sauce

Directions


1) Preheat oven to 450 degrees and use cooking spray to grease a large cookie sheet then set aside.
2) In medium mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly to distribute herbs and spices throughout.
3) Roll meatball mixture into walnut size balls and place on greased cookie sheet (should make approx. 20 meatballs)
4) Bake meatballs for approximately 20-25 minutes until slightly browned then remove from oven and serve or cool then freeze for use later.

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