Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Thanksgiving Meatballs

I have a thing for meatloaf. I make it all the time, it all shapes and sizes. Name a form; I’ve probably made it (free form, loaf pan, mini, muffins, pie plate, etc). One of my kids was asking for meatballs and another wanted rice. So I thought, why not have both? I only have ground turkey and I wasn’t in the mood for red sauce (or a gravy…some of you know what I’m talking about) so I decided on, what I call, Thanksgiving Meatballs (I have a whole bunch of “Thanksgiving” meals).

This is what you need:
The necessities

1 package of ground turkey
2 celery stalks
2 carrots
2 onions
1 T poultry seasoning
1 egg
¼ c panko or breadcrumbs
Cranberry sauce

In a food processor chop the celery, carrots and onion very fine. 
All chopped

Put into a large bowl; add the ground turkey, poultry seasoning, egg and breadcrumbs. Mix together with your hands (nastiest part about this). 
Mixed and ready to roll

Roll into meatballs (size of the balls is your own personal preference; I don’t want to know what goes on in your kitchen). I bake them on cookie sheets lined with foil (the less cleaning I have to do the better). 

Into the oven we go

Bake them in a 375 oven for 20-25 minutes for smallish balls up to 40 minutes for larger balls. Be sure to check them, no one wants an undercooked turkey meatball!

Who doesn't love a tasty meatball, especially one that tastes like Thanksgiving dinner?

Get fancy and serve them with easy Thanksgiving sides. I served sweet potatoes, cranberry, gravy and green beans (NOT casserole…it was a weekday). Because there was also a demand for rice, we had that too.




  1. These look amazing and easy and delicious! I always use turkey as a beef substitute, so now I get Thanksgiving during the summer, too! Thanks for sharing...

  2. Great recipe. So creative and healthy! I can't wait to try it!

  3. Oh my goodness. Meatballs are my favorite. These look delicious!!!

  4. Nothing wrong with a little bit of Thanksgiving in May! YUM!!! My favorite meal!