I have never really been able to make a tasty meatball… no idea why… so I found a recipe that sounded easy and tasty and I’m giving it a try, except that I’m using lean ground beef instead of turkey. I am making a big batch and freezing these for later.


pg 68 from the Everyday Italian cookbook by Giada De Laurentis

  • 1/4 cup plain dried bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 3/4 cup grated Romano cheese
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pound ground turkey, preferably dark meat (I used lean ground beef)
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 5 cups Marinara sauce

Basically, just begin by mixing everything together except the meat, then gently stir in and combine meat with mixture. Shape into bite sized balls and cook in a skillet till done (about 3 min each side, or 5-6 min total).

After the meatballs were done, I put them on a cookie tray and let cool, then placed in the freezer for about 1 hour. After frozen, remove from tray and place in freezer bags and place in freezer. I didn’t bother with the marinara sauce – will do that when I’m ready to eat them at a later date!

Result – very good flavor, a little salty so may use less cheese or salt next time, and also were very moist inside. Delicious!