Turkey Meatballs (Gluten Free)

I love meatloaf; let me clarify, I love my Nana’s recipe for meatloaf. It’s sweet, savory and perfect. But, I try to cut down on the red meat when possible. So, last night I took that recipe, modified it to meatballs and used turkey. End result? Wonderful! Give it a try!

Turkey meatballs

Turkey Meatballs

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs Jennie O Ground White Meat Turkey Breast
  • 1 Red Onion, minced
  • 1 extra large jar of Ragu traditional sauce
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/8 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 TB yellow mustard
  •  1/8 cup vinegar
  • 2 cups bread crumbs (I use gluten free Panko!)
  • 2 eggs + 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 TB extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

  • Combine ground turkey, onion and 1 cup of Ragu sauce in a large mixing bowl (it’s gross…but use your hands for best results!)
  • Add one egg and one cup of bread crumbs to the mix and continue.
  • Shape into meatballs about 2 inches in diameter, set aside.
  • In another bowl, combine the remainder of the Ragu sauce, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and vinegar. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, beat the remaining egg and egg whites and milk to create a milk bath.
  • Coat each meatball with the milk bath then coat with bread crumbs.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large skillet, heat the EVOO over medium high heat.
  • Add the meatballs to the skillet, until browned (not cooked through), about 4 minutes, rotating to heat the entire outside surface of each ball.
  • Remove the meatballs from the skillet and place them into a prepared 9X13 casserole dish.
  • Cover with the sauce mixture.
  • Place in the oven for 45 minutes until sauce is bubbly and meatballs are cooked through.

Serve over pasta, on sandwiches or plain! Delicious any way! Give them a try today!

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