- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 3/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon each dried basil, oregano and parsley flakes
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 pound lean ground turkey
- 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
- Hot cooked pasta and pasta sauce, optional
- Preheat oven to 375°. In a small skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir 3-4 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Cool slightly.
- In a large bowl, combine bread crumbs, cheese, eggs, seasonings and onion mixture. Add turkey and beef; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls.
- Place meatballs on a rack coated with cooking spray in a 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake 18-22 minutes or until lightly browned and cooked through. If desired, serve with pasta and pasta sauce. Yield: 8 servings.
Reviews forGreat-Grandma's Italian Meatballs
"I seriously doubt that anyone’s great grandmother used “ground turkey.” Where I originally came from, NYC, to use anything but ground beef and pork is considered a sin; and I’d have to go to Confession. As a chef, I have nightmares about what’s actually in ground turkey. These meatballs will not be as moist and juicy as they should be. First off, the fat content is way too low and the bread crumbs way too dry. They should be moistened bread or the bread crumbs moistened with milk. Secondly, the meatballs should be fried or baked until the outside is crisp; then finished off in a covered pot of barely simmering sauce; for an hour or more. I usually cook mine for at least 2 hours. Any leftovers are destined to be reheated and served on a homemade, crusty, semolina, sesame Italian loaf. Then smothered with sauce and topped with mozzarella or provolone; then into the salamander/broiler, just enough to melt the cheese."
"I cut the recipe in half and only used ground beef."
"My Italian grandmother's recipe from the early 1940's (brought over from Italy) was way better than this."
"I liked these but my family didn't so much. They pretty much gave them a six out of ten in ranking. I like that they are made with turkey, but my husband felt they were dry"
"This recipe was right up my alley! I love lightening up a dish! You would not really know that the meatballs were not all beef! I served them with my roasted vegetable sauce. Will definitely make again!"