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Mario Batali's Turkey Meatballs

Mario Batali
Servings: 12 to 15
1 to 2 hr

Meatball Appetizers

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Mario Batali's Turkey Meatballs
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • With wet hands, form the mixture into 12-15 meatballs, each smaller than a tennis ball, but larger than a golf ball.
  • 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. 
  • 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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