Baked Turkey Meatballs

Baked Turkey Meatball Recipe - easy & packed with fresh herbs!

Baked Turkey Meatball Recipe - easy & packed with fresh herbs!

What’s your favorite way to cook meatballs?

I was completely torn between baked & pan fried for awhile…. until I finally did a head to head test.

I made one batch of meatballs, and pan fried one half, and baked the other.

The result?


Much to my surprise, I actually preferred them baked!

While the pan fried meatballs did get a nice crispy exterior, they totally lost their round shape.

Plus, it was really annoying to try and rotate all the balls in the pan to try & get them crispy on all sides.

WAY too much work forĀ just a little payoff.

The baked meatballs, however, were SO easy (like just put them in the oven & wait 20 minutes).

I brushed them with a little olive oil, so they were still nice & golden on the outside and retained their beautiful round shape.

MUCH more attractive when set out for appetizers or placed on top of a pile of spaghetti šŸ™‚

Baked Turkey Meatball Recipe - Just brush with olive oil & pop in the oven for 20 minutes

Recently, I’ve really been digging TURKEY meatballs (instead of beef or pork).

They have a lighter texture, and I love how the cleaner taste of the turkey meat allows the other flavors in the meatballs to shine through (which is key, since I add tons of herbs to my meatball mixture).

But anyways, these turkey meatballs are super easy to make.

Just mix everything together with you hands in a large bowl, shape into meatballs, brush with olive oil, and bake for about 20 minutes.

THAT’S IT!

And while they bake, you can boil some pasta or set out some marinara for dipping.

Love easy dinners like this.

Baked Turkey Meatball Recipe - Serve over pasta or dip in marinara for an appetizer

 

Baked Turkey Meatball Recipe - easy & packed with fresh herbs!
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Baked Turkey Meatballs
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
Servings: 16 meatballs
Ingredients
  • 20 oz ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • olive oil, for cooking
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 

  2. Meanwhile, add the ground turkey, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, basil, parsley, milk, tomato paste, salt, pepper, egg, garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes to a large mixing bowl. Mix together with your hands until well combined.

  3. Wash your hands very well with warm soapy water, then get out a rimmed baking sheet.

  4. Roll the meatballs into 1 1/2 inch balls (roughly 16 total), and place on the baking sheet. Brush with olive oil and bake in the oven for 20 minutes until lightly golden brown.

  5. When done, remove from the oven and enjoy! The meatballs are great on their own, or over spaghetti, or dipped in marinara as an appetizer. They even make wonderful meatball subs for lunch the next day.

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Homemade Tortilla Chips

Homemade Tortilla Chips

Do you everĀ crave those warm, yummy, crunchy, crispy, salty tortilla chips you get at Mexican restaurants?

The ones thatĀ everyone at the table can’t stop eating? (Thank god they’re bottomless)


I mean let’s be real, the prepackaged ones from the grocery store just aren’t the same… Unless you’re lucky enough to live near a store that makes them in-house.

Well, next time you’re having people over, you can make your own chipsĀ at home!

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And it’s REALLY freaking easy.

The secret is using high quality corn tortillas. If you can find some made locally, that would be awesome. Otherwise, search for a brand that is just corn, lime, and salt. No added preservatives or stabilizers needed. They make theĀ best chips, and are better for you anyways. Trader Joe’s usually carries some, as well as Sprouts and Whole Foods.

The process goes like this:

  • Cut the tortillas into 8 wedges (or into strips if you want tortilla strips for soup or salad)
  • Fry in oil on the stove until golden and crispy.
  • Let cool on a paper towel lined plate and season with fine sea salt

That’s it!

Homemade chips areĀ an easy and delicious snack for game day.

Serve with fresh salsa or guacamole & watch them disappear.

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Homemade Tortilla Chips

  • Corn tortillas (preferably ones made with only corn, lime, and salt)
  • Generous amount of vegetable oil for frying
  • Fine sea salt

Take a stack of tortillas and cut in half. Cut in half again, and then cut each quarter in half, so that one tortilla makes 8 triangle shaped wedges. Cut as many wedges as you need (each wedge = 1 chip).

Pour vegetable oil in heavy skillet until there is a 1/2 inch thick layer on the bottom of the pan. Warm over high heat until the oil is very hot. You’ll know the oil is ready for frying when you dip a piece of tortilla into the oil and it starts bubbling intensely.

Once the oil has reached the proper temperature, add a handful of tortilla wedges to the pot, using metal tongs to separate them in the pan. Add enough to fill the pan, but not so much that they are on top of each other. The chips will shrink slightly as they cook.

Let cook for a minute or two until golden on one side. Use tongs to flip the chips over and brown the other side for a minute or so. Remove the chips to a paper towel lined plate and season lightly with fine sea salt.

Repeat with the next batch of tortilla wedges, adjusting the heat up or down as needed to prevent burning or sogginess, and add more oil as needed if the pan is getting low.

Store the cooked chips in a plastic bagĀ in the pantry for up to 1 week. Goes great with fresh salsa or guacamole.

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Tofu Summer Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce

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Summer rolls are named perfectly, because they really are the ultimate summer food.

If you’re not familiar with them, they are a delicious Vietnamese hand roll, filled with rice noodles, protein (usually tofu or shrimp), a bunch of fresh colorful veggies, and a mix of mint, basil, and cilantro. They’re served with a rich peanut sauce that fills each bite with crazy delicious flavors, and makes a healthy light meal.

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I’ll be the first to admit, it’s sort of hard to get the hang of rolling summer rolls.


The rice paper wrappers can be finicky & prone to ripping (until you get used to handling them), and it’s super easy to put too much filling and over-stuff your roll until it looks like a crazy burrito-like thing.

But typically by the 4th roll, you’ll have a method down, and the rolls will be edible, if not beautiful šŸ˜‰

The cool thing about summer rolls is that the rice paper wrappers are translucent, so you can see the beautiful colors of whatever vegetables you put inside.

I really like the look of fresh herb leaves on the bottom of the wrap, and vibrant purple cabbage or bell peppers on the top. If you want to get REALLY fancy, you can even add thin slices of striped chiogga beets, hot pink radish, or other vibrant veggies (search Pinterest for psychedelic summer rolls if you don’t know what I’m talking about- they’re all the rage!)

I really enjoy making these on a hot summer day, since you don’t have to fire up the stove or turn on the oven. They’re refreshing & delicious, and go great with some pot stickers or shu mai or easy miso soup. Enjoy!

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Tofu Summer Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Makes 12 rolls

  • 2 oz maifun rice sticks
  • 12 rice paper wrappers (plus a few extra to account for accidental ripping)
  • 12 oz sprouted extra firm tofu, cut crosswise into 8 pieces, then each piece sliced lengthwise into thirds, creating 24 slices
  • 1 bunch mint
  • 1 bunch fresh basil
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1/4 English cucumber, julienned
  • 1 bell pepper (or a mix of red, orange, and yellow), julienned
  • 2 cups baby spinach, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 purple cabbage, cored and thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter (no added sugar)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce (or tamari for gluten-free)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

To start, cook the rice noodles according to package directions. Typically, this requires placing the rice noodles in a heat proof bowl, covering with boiling water, and letting soak for about 10 minutes, until tender. When the noodles are done, drain well & set aside.

Next, make the peanut sauce. In a small bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, water, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, and ground ginger. Set aside until you’re done making the summer rolls.

Place all the filling ingredients in little bowls or piles around your work surface. Fill a large flat bowl or skillet with a few inches of very warm water and place next to your work surface. Lay a damp clean kitchen towel on your work surface and get ready to make the rolls.

Submerge a rice paper wrapper in the warm water until it is soft and pliable, about 15 seconds. Remove from the water, and lay flat on the damp kitchen towel. Lay down 3 or 4 mint leaves horizontally across the bottom third of the rice paper wrapper. On top of the mint leaves, add a layer of rice noodles and two strips of tofu. Finish off the pile with 3 basil leaves, a few tender sprigs of cilantro, a few strips of bell pepper, a few pieces of cucumber, a sprinkle of spinach, and a sprinkle of purple cabbage.

Roll up the bottom of the rice paper wrapper to cover the filling. Next, fold in the left and right edges of the wrapper to close the sides of the roll. Finally, gather the filling up tightly and roll the wrap from the bottom up to the top until closed and secured. This will take a little practice. The first few you make will probably be a little over-filled or unevenly shaped, but you’ll get the hang of it. Remember, it will still taste great, no matter how it looks! When the roll is done, place it on a plate and cover with a damp towel to keep the wrappers moist. Continue until you’re done rolling all twelve summer rolls.

When ready to eat, serve the summer rolls with small bowls of dipping sauce. Dip the end of the roll into the sauce before each bite, and enjoy!

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