I don’t have a drop of Italian blood running through my veins, but my mother has a badass meatball recipe, taught to her by an old friend’s Italian grandmother. I have no idea what it took to convince this woman to teach her their family recipe, but I have loved it from day one and am so incredibly happy that she learned how to make this dish because it is a staple in our household.
These meatballs are so wonderful, in fact, that I cannot eat them at any restaurant because they just won’t measure up.
Sadly, this is not my mother’s meatball recipe… but this is a pretty darn good replacement for a girl who no longer lives in the same town as her mother and cannot justify shipping meatballs halfway across the country to fulfill an Italian food craving.
I see your judging eyes. I do. Don’t. Her meatballs really are that good… and you cannot say you haven’t thought the same thing about one of your mother’s homemade dishes, too.
So, back to the meatballs… One of the charming things about these little treats is that they are (1) made of turkey and (2) baked, so they’re a little more healthy than the traditional beef meatballs. Another good thing is that they are just as scrumptious.
Check it out:
- 1 lb. lean ground turkey
- ⅓ cup breadcrumbs
- 1 egg
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ¾ teaspoon dried basil
- 1¼ teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, chopped
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- In a large bowl, combine the turkey, bread crumbs, egg, seasonings, onion and garlic together until well mixed.
- Using your hands, form palm-sized meatballs and place on a cooling rack placed on top of baking sheet.
- Bake the meatballs for 30 minutes or until cooked through.
- Add to a simmering pot of Simple Red Sauce, and cook until it's time to eat. (This can be whenever you deem it ready, y'all.)
- Serve on top of pasta, and enjoy!
Now I’ve got to know: If you and your mother lived in separate towns, which homemade dish of hers would you want her to ship to you on a regular basis?