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Freezer-Friendly Turkey Meatballs

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Freezer-Friendly Turkey Meatballs
  • Prep Time 40 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 30 min
  • Servings 32
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These tender, delicious turkey meatballs straight from your freezer make 30-minute meals easy and enticing.

Ingredients

3
eggs, beaten
1 1/2
cups milk
8
slices white bread, crusts removed, cubed (about 5 cups)
40
oz ground turkey
2
teaspoons salt
1
large onion, finely chopped (about 2 cups)
6
cloves garlic, finely chopped
1
tablespoon Dijon mustard
1
teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2
cup olive oil
3
cans (15 oz each) Muir Glen™ organic pizza sauce, if desired

Directions

  • 1 In large bowl, mix eggs and milk. Add bread; cover and refrigerate 20 minutes. Drain off and save 3/4 cup of the egg mixture, and discard remaining egg mixture. Stir bread and the 3/4 cup egg mixture with spoon until smooth. Add remaining ingredients except oil and pizza sauce, and stir gently until combined.
  • 2 Heat oven to 400°F. Line 2 rimmed cookie sheets with cooking parchment paper. Top each pan with a rack. Spray with cooking spray.
  • 3 Using wet hands, shape meatballs into 64 (1 1/2-inch) balls. Dip or brush bottoms of meatballs with oil, and place 1 inch apart on racks.
  • 4 Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until instant-read thermometer inserted in center of meatballs reads 165°F. Serve with warmed pizza sauce.
  • 5 To freeze, skip Step 2. After Step 3, place raw meatballs on parchment-lined cookie sheet; cover with plastic wrap, and freeze until firm, at least 2 hours. Label 8 quart-sized freezer plastic bags, including date, then add 8 meatballs to each. Press air out of bag, seal and freeze up to 3 months.
Tips  

To prepare meatballs on the stove-top, heat 1 tablespoon oil in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 8 raw meatballs to skillet, and cook 5 minutes, turning frequently and gently. Reduce heat to medium; add 1 cup pasta sauce, and simmer 5 to 8 minutes or until meatballs reach internal temperature of 165°F.

This recipe uses a "panade" of bread, milk and eggs to keep the turkey moist and tender during cooking. This makes the mixture a little looser to work with than a traditional meatball mix, but results in an excellent flavor and texture when cooked.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
110
(
Calories from Fat
60
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
7g
11%
(
Saturated Fat
1 1/2g
7%
,
Trans Fat
0g
)
Cholesterol
40mg
13%
Sodium
220mg
9%
Potassium
110mg
3%
Total Carbohydrate
4g
1%
(
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
,
Sugars
0g
)
Protein
8g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
4%
4%
Iron
4%
4%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 1 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
0
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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