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Mario Batali's Turkey Meatballs

Turkey Meatballs Mario Batali
Meatball Appetizers
skill level
Easy
time
60-120min
servings
12 to 15
cost
$
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Lighten up traditional meatballs by replacing ground meat with turkey sausage.
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ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups Panko
  • 1 1/2 pounds Turkey Sausage (removed from the casing)
  • 3 Eggs (beaten)
  • 3 minced Garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons Oregano (torn; plus more for garnish)
  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (plus more for garnish)
  • 3/4 cup grated Pecorino Cheese
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups Basic Tomato Sauce
  • 1/3 cup Panko (toasted for garnish)
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  • 1
    1 1/2 cups Panko
    1 1/2 pounds Turkey Sausage (removed from the casing)
    3 Eggs (beaten)
    3 Garlic cloves (minced)
    2 tablespoons Oregano (torn; plus more for garnish)
    1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
    1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (plus more for garnish) 
    3/4 cup grated Pecorino Cheese
    Salt and Pepper
    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine the panko, turkey sausage, eggs, garlic, oregano, olive oil, Parmigiano and Pecorino, and season with salt and pepper.
  • 2
     
    With wet hands, form the mixture into 12-15 meatballs, each smaller than a tennis ball, but larger than a golf ball.
  • 3
     
    Place the formed meatballs on a parchment-lined baking sheet tray, and season with salt. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the meatballs are a deep golden brown color. 
  • 4
    2 1/2 cups Basic Tomato Sauce
    1/3 cup Panko (toasted for garnish)
    Once they are finished, toss the meatballs with some warmed tomato sauce. Sprinkle with Parmigiano cheese, and garnish with oregano and toasted panko. Serve in a shot glass.
 
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