It's been awhile since I had made meatballs and spaghetti for dinner. It's an easy meal to make at home whenever I'm feeling un-inspired or not creative, but that wasn't the case. I was trying to figure out how to make meatballs "healthier" and try a new recipe at the same time. Typically, I use a standard recipe of beef, progresso breadcrumbs, cheese, one egg, and seasoning. It's always a winner for us, but I came across this recipe on the Food Network and I had everything in the pantry to try this out. I was leery of using the broiler versus using the frying pan or baking the meatballs, but I was willing to try it out. These turkey meatballs are full of flavor, easy to make and pairs well with spaghetti or meatball sandwiches. Enjoy!
Adapted from Ellie Krieger
1 pound ground turkey meat
1/4 cup fresh breadcrumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
1/2 cup finely grated carrot
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
2 large cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves, plus more for garnish
2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme leaves
1 teaspoon minced fresh oregano
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1. Preheat the broiler.
2. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Combine the turkey with all other ingredients in a food processor. Form into 2 1/2 -inch balls and place on a baking sheet. Broil for 10 minutes, or until browned and almost entirely cooked through.
Review: First time I ever used the broiler, and these meatballs were pretty good. I liked the addition of the carrots and fresh herbs in my traditional meatballs. They were juicy and flavorful, and perfect in a meatball sandwich.