Mini Turkey Meatballs and Tomato Sauce

I have never been a huge fan of meatballs until I recently made some of my own. The recipe is simple and tasty! I have been craving these balls of heaven since I made them for Nick's work party. They were a hit, though we had some left over... but I think it's because we didn't bring enough sub rolls to make sandwiches -- they were all gone in a New York minute.

Here is what you will need to make these fun Mini Turkey Meatballs:

  • 1 1/2 small onion, grated
  • 4 to 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup dried bread crumbs
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan, grated
  • 1/2 cup Pecorino Romano
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds ground turkey meat
  • 26 to 60 ounces Simple Tomato Sauce, fresh or store bought
    • you want enough to cover the meatballs in the  crock pot
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  • Add the onions, garlic, eggs, bread crumbs, ketchup, Parmesan, Pecorino, salt and pepper to a large bowl and blend
  • Mix in the turkey
  • Shape the turkey mixture into 1 1/4 inch diameter meatballs
    • this recipe yields a TON of meatballs!!!
  • Place on  large [lightly greased] baking sheets
  • Bake for about 20 minutes or until cooked through

  • Meanwhile, [if you want to make your own sauce]
    • chop 1 small onion, 
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced, 
    • add sea salt and ground pepper to taste, 
    • 2 (32 ounce) cans crushed tomatoes, blended/pureed 
    • 4 to 6 basil leaves and 2 dried bay leaves in the crock pot on low 
  • Add the meatballs to the sauce mixture and heat on low all day (6 to 8 hours)
  • Remove bay leaves and season to taste 

You can eat these little turkey balls by themselves [right out of the crock pot, which is what I did] or serve them with rolls, as a meatball sub, or on top of spaghetti!! You cannot go wrong with these little balls of joy. I cannot wait to make them again and I hope you all give them a try. It's as simple as making them and letting them sit all day - pretty low maintenance. 

Until next time, Happy Baking in the New Year!!