A good meatball recipe is great to have especially if it makes a lot. You can freeze them and add them to pasta sauce and spaghetti for a quick week night dinner, throw them in some minestrone soup, or even make meatball subs.
What I like about this recipe is that it uses ground turkey which is leaner. Also I could buy this at Costco and freeze what I didn’t use in this recipe for another recipe. The other great thing is that it used spinach, which when you have children trying to get veggies in them is sometimes hard. So if you had Spaghetti and Meatballs they would get a dose of veggies and probably not even know it.
I found this recipe over at home cooking memories. It makes around 40 meatballs but you can cut the recipe in half if you don’t want as many or freeze the ones that you don’t use once they are cooked. You can also use frozen spinach or if you have a bundle of fresh stuff, just sauté it down and it is the same as having a package of frozen stuff. Lots of ways to make this recipe fit your family!
Baked Turkey Meatballs with Spinach
~ 2 Tbsp. olive oil
~ 1 large onion, chopped
~ 2 garlic cloves, chopped
~ 1 tsp. salt
~ 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
~ 1/4 tsp. dried thyme
~ 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
~ 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (adjust to your taste)
~ 16 oz. frozen chopped spinach (defrosted, drained, and squeezed to remove excess water)
~ 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
~ 1/3 cup chicken broth
~ 2 1/2 lbs. ground turkey
~ 3/4 cup bread crumbs or Panko
~ 2 large eggs
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare a large baking sheet by spraying with cooking spray.
2. In a frying pan on medium heat, heat olive oil until hot. Then add onion, garlic, salt, pepper, thyme, oregano, and red pepper flakes. Sauté until onion is tender.
3. Add spinach to pan and combine with onion mixture. Add Worcestershire sauce and chicken broth and mix to combine. Cook until most of the liquid has cooked out. Remove from the heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
4. In a large bowl, combine the turkey, bread crumbs, and egg. Add cooled onion/spinach mixture to the meat.
5. With your hands, create meatballs that are about 1 – 1 1/2 inches in diameter and place them on the baking sheet. Leave a little bit of space between each meatball. When you are done shaping your meatballs, you will probably have about 40 meatballs.
6. Bake until your meatballs are cooked through which is about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and serve as desired or once cooled freeze.
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