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Skillet Turkey Meatballs
Yield: 19 meatballs
This is my favorite recipe for classic turkey meatballs— perfectly spiced and hardly any work!
- 1 large egg
- 2 pounds 97-98% lean ground turkey
- 2 Tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
- 1/3 cup almond flour
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 2 and 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
- 2 and 1/2 teaspoons dried parsley
- 2 teaspoons salt, divided
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- two 28-ounce cans crushed tomatoes
- 3 garlic cloves, sliced
- 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
- Grab a large baking sheet. For easy clean up, line the baking sheet with foil. Set aside.
- Beat the egg in a large mixing bowl. Add the ground turkey, milk, almond flour, 1 Tablespoon olive oil, garlic, oregano, basil, parsley, 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper. Mix everything together so the ingredients are combined (the best kitchen tool for this is your hands!) — be careful not to overmix. Roll into desired size balls — mine were a little larger than a golfball. Place all the rolled meatballs onto the baking sheet.
- Coat a large non-stick skillet with the remaining olive oil — 1 Tablespoon per batch of meatballs, and bring to medium-high heat. Lightly brown the meatballs for about 1 minute on each side. Place the browned meatballs back onto the baking sheet.
- Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the crushed tomatoes, garlic, remaining salt, and fresh basil into the skillet. Let simmer for 5 minutes. Add the meatballs into the sauce and cover with a lid. Cook for 20 minutes or until the internal temperature of the meatballs reach 165°F.
- Serve with pasta, as meatball subs, plain, etc. Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
1Make sure to use almond flour, not almond meal. 2Make ahead and/or freezing tip: Prepare the meatballs through step 3 and refrigerate for up to 1 day or freeze for up to 2 months in a sealed bag. Allow to thaw over night and continue at step 4. OR fully prepare and freeze cooked meatballs in sauce for up to 2 months. Defrost before reheating.