Thursday, March 3, 2011

{Recipe} Garlic-Stuffed Turkey Meatballs with Creamy Dill Dressing

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This recipe came about while I was walking one morning. I wanted a fun appetizer high on protein, but low on guilt! The flavors in this dish  blend together so perfectly that it has instantly become a family favorite!

I am trying to eat more simple foods, so I decided to try a turkey meatball that didn’t have fillers in it like bread crumbs, egg, etc…  I didn’t know if it would work, or bind properly, but there was only one way to find out. Guess what? It worked!

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Each meatball is stuffed with a garlic clove. That may sound overwhelming, but it’s not. I boiled the cloves for thirty minutes so they are tender and mild, not overpowering at all.

Garlic Stuffed Turkey Meatballs

  • 2 ½ lbs. lean ground turkey
  • 2 Tbsp. dried parsley
  • ½ tsp. paprika
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. grated pecorino romano (optional)
  • 30-40 whole garlic cloves (unpeeled)
  • 3-4 tsp. olive oil

Heat a pot of water to boiling. Separate garlic cloves and drop into boiling water for one minute. Scoop them out with a slotted spoon, and cool slightly on a paper towel. Now the peelings should remove easily. After all the cloves are peeled, return them to the boiling water for 30 minutes, then remove and again lay them on a paper towel.

Place all other ingredients (except oil) in the bowl of an electric mixer. Mix on low speed for several minutes. Meat mixture should be mixed very well.

Using a teaspoon, spoon some meat mixture into your hand, and make a well using your thumb. Insert a garlic clove and wrap mixture around it to form a ball. After all the turkey is formed into balls, heat a frying pan to medium heat and add oil. Add several meatballs and fry them in the pan, using a spatula to roll the meatballs for even cooking. Meatballs are done when the centers are no longer pink (165ยบ).

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The meatballs are delicious by themselves, but paired with this cool yogurt dressing, they are to die for! It’s completely fat-free, and high in protein as well.

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  • 2/3 cup fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 1/4  cup skim milk (more or less to desired thickness)
  • 1/4 cup (1 pkg.) Spinach Dip seasoning mix
  • 1/2 – 3/4 Tbsp. dill

Stir all ingredients together, and keep refrigerated. Serve as a dipping sauce, or drizzle over meatballs before serving.

This recipe also converts to a fantastic turkey burger. Form meat mixture into patties instead of balls, and insert 3-4 cloves before cooking. Use dressing as a condiment on the burger. Enjoy!




  1. Can't wait to try this recipe! Somehow you make meatballs pretty- That clove of garlic in the middle is dangerously genius (and I love a great white dipping sauce).

  2. This is a great recipe!! I made these tonight, the boyfriend loved them :)


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