turkey meatballs

Turkey Thai Basil Meatballs With Fresh Marinara Sauce

I could easily say that people will line up for these meatballs, and keep asking for more.  For this custom recipe, I added my South Pacific flair to this fresh classic dish!

Why turkey? I prefer turkey over beef meatballs for several reasons.  The flavors are more distinct, healthier and incredibly moist inside. Add in a simple fresh marinara sauce and you’re ready to go. This is a great family-style dish.

Serving size: 8

Turkey Thai Basil Meatballs Ingredients:

To make your own Turkey Thai Basil Meatballs and Marinara Sauce, you will need:

  • 2 lbs ground  turkey 93% lean  (approx. 2 packs)
  • 1 cup chopped fresh Italian basil
  • ½ cup minced fresh Thai basil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 ½ cups freshly grated or sliced parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
  • latex gloves for rolling meatballs

Fresh Marinara Sauce Ingredients:

  • 8-10 Fresh Roma Tomatoes chopped in quarters/ blended
  • 1 medium Maui or sweet onion/ chopped in quarters and blended
  • 2 tbsp EVOO  (extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • A pinch of salt for taste
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh basil
  • 1 tbsp raw brown sugar
  • ½ cup on the side/ grated parmesan for topping
  • Half a dozen sliced Thai basil for garnish

Step By Step Instructions For The Turkey Meatballs

Follow these step by step instructions to create the best tasting turkey meatballs!

Step 1: Combine And Shape Your Meatballs

In a large mixing bowl combine the turkey,  Italian basil, Thai basil, eggs, garlic, soy sauce, dried basil, and parmesan. Mix well with your hands, preferably wearing latex gloves (this will keep your hands and nails clean).

As you mix, combine the ingredients well and form one large ball. If the mixture feels too moist, I like to put it in the freezer for 15 minutes to hold it together firmer.

Shape the mixture into 1 inch balls.

Makes Approximately 48 Meatballs

Step 2: Cooking The Meatballs

Heat the oil in a large skillet pan, I prefer Iron Skillet, over medium heat. Fry the meatballs in batches, until golden brown on both sides.

Add more EVOO to your batches as needed should take about 7 minutes per batch to cook.

Once all batches are cooked, combine them all into the skillet and simmer at a low heat

Step By Step Instructions For The Fresh Marinara Sauce

Follow these steps to create a delicious fresh marinara sauce for your turkey meatballs.

Step 1: Mixing The Ingredients

In a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the blended tomatoes and onion, garlic, EVOO, red pepper flakes, and brown sugar.

Bring the sauce to a simmer over medium heat, then lower the heat to a slow pace. Cook for approximately 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Remove the sauce from the heat and add salt and fresh Italian basil for taste.

Step 2: Putting It All Together

Pour the marinara sauce over the turkey meatballs.   You can keep this on a low heat to stay warm until you are ready to serve.  Sprinkle fresh parmesan and Thai basil on top as garnish.

The soy sauce and Thai basil perfectly compliment this Italian dish.  The infused flavors will delight your palate!!

ENJOY!

Turkey Thai Basil Meatballs [Skillet Fried] With Fresh Marinara Sauce

I could easily say that people will line up for these meatballs, and keep asking for more. 
For this custom recipe, I added my South Pacific flair to this fresh classic dish!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 8
Author: Wendy Lane

Ingredients

Turkey Thai Basil Meatballs Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground turkey 93% lean (approximately 2 packs)
  • 1 cup chopped fresh Italian basil
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh Thai basil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce low sodium
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly grated or sliced parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • latex gloves for rolling meatballs

Fresh Marinara Sauce Ingredients:

  • 8-10 fresh Roma tomatoes chopped in quarters/blended
  • 1 medium Maui or sweet onion chopped in quarters and blended
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 pinch of salt for taste
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil minced
  • 1 tbsp raw brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan
  • 6 sliced Thai basil

Instructions

Turkey Meatballs

  • Step 1: Combine And Shape Your Meatballs-
    In a large mixing bowl combine the turkey,  Italian basil, Thai basil, eggs, garlic, soy sauce, dried basil, and parmesan. Mix well with your hands, preferably wearing latex gloves (this will keep your hands and nails clean).
    As you mix, combine the ingredients well and form one large ball. If the mixture feels too moist, I like to put it in the freezer for 15 minutes to hold it together firmer.
    Shape the mixture into 1 inch balls.
    Makes Approximately 48 Meatballs
  • Step 2: Cooking The Meatballs-
    Heat the oil in a large skillet pan, I prefer Iron Skillet, over medium heat. Fry the meatballs in batches, until golden brown on both sides.
    Add more EVOO to your batches as needed should take about 7 minutes per batch to cook.
    Once all batches are cooked, combine them all into the skillet and simmer at a low heat


Fresh Marinara Sauce

  • Step 1: Mixing The Ingredients-
    In a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the blended tomatoes and onion, garlic, EVOO, red pepper flakes, and brown sugar.
    Bring the sauce to a simmer over medium heat, then lower the heat to a slow pace. Cook for approximately 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    Remove the sauce from the heat and add salt and fresh Italian basil for taste.


  • Step 2: Putting It All Together-
    Pour the marinara sauce over the turkey meatballs. You can keep this on a low heat to stay warm until you are ready to serve.  Sprinkle fresh parmesan and Thai basil on top as garnish.
    The soy sauce and Thai basil perfectly compliment this Italian dish.  The infused flavors will delight your palate!!
    ENJOY!


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