Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Simple Turkey Meatballs

Ground turkey is an inexpensive alternative to ground beef. Personally, I find the texture different enough that it doesn't work as a burger for me. But meatballs come out great.

Ground turkey 1 pound
Garlic clove 4
Basil 1 Tbsp
Marjoram 1 Tbsp
Thyme 1 tsp

Crush garlic cloves, and add to ground turkey along with basil, marjoram, and thyme.
Use a teaspoon or a large melon baller to scoop equal amounts of turkey mixture on to baking sheet.
Roll mounds of turkey mixture into small balls and return to baking sheet.
Bake in 350° F oven for 30 minutes, until well browned.

A trick I learned to speed things along is to scoop out all the meat mixture before you go back and form all the balls. You get into a rhythm that speeds up the process.


Sheila said...

I've made the meatballs without browning and added them to boiling sauce. Also I've made them up raw and put on a tray to freeze, but your way would probably have a better flavor and texture. I love ground turkey and get it from Save-a-Lot at $1.19 per pound.

Simply Frugal said...

Notice that ground turkey is on sale at Meijer this week for $1.00 per pound or .91 per pound if you buy it as part of the Buy 10, Get The 11th Item Free deal.

Sheila said...

Unfortunately I have only a Save-a-Lot here in Florida. Otherwise I pick up specials at Albertsons and Publix.

Simply Frugal said...

If you don't live where these specials are available, you might just take note of the sale price anyway. While actual prices will vary across the country, the relative price (compared to other cuts) should be similar.

So, for you, the "best sale price" for ground turkey might be different, but it should be pretty consistent for your area. Just take note, and stock up when it reaches the minimum price for you.

I keep a notebook that lists the best sale price for each item on the Simply Frugal shopping list, and have a quick reference for whether or not a 'sale' is really a good deal.