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!
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 (165º).
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.
- 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!