This is a flavorful and satisfying dish. These Baked Turkey Meatballs are amazingly good.
These meatballs are unbelievably moist, and the pancetta provided such a nice saltiness. Serve with tomato basil sauce or your favorite sauce. Make them smaller for a fun appetizer. I like the miniature versions of them for a party or potluck.
These meatballs are perfect and super easy for Sunday dinner. You can make the meatballs in advance and baked them 20 minutes before ready to eat. They also make great leftovers, they are delicious the next day.
The meatballs themselves come out nicely. They stay moist thanks to the bread and milk.
Serve with pasta for a complete meal.
- 3 slices Italian bread, torn into pieces (1 cup)
- ⅓ cup milk
- 3 ounces sliced pancetta, finely chopped
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1 small garlic clove, minced
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 1 large egg
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 3 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic, minced or grated
- 1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon dried basil
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- Soak bread in milk in a small bowl until softened, about 4 minutes.
- Cook pancetta, onion, and garlic in 1 tablespoon oil with ½ teaspoon each of salt and pepper in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat until onion is softened, about 6 minutes. Cool slightly.
- Squeeze bread to remove excess milk, then discard milk. Lightly beat egg in a large bowl, then combine with turkey, pancetta mixture, bread, and parsley. Form 12 meatballs and arrange in a baking dish..
- Stir together tomato paste and remaining tablespoon oil and brush over meatballs, then bake in upper third of oven until meatballs are just cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes.
- Place olive oil in a large skillet and add garlic. Turn on heat to medium and cook garlic just until oil starts to simmer and garlic becomes lightly golden in color. Add crushed tomatoes, oregano and basil and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Serve Meatballs with sauce.
Adapted from Gourmet