Turkey meatballs with zucchini baked right in. We make them into large meatballs because they are basically a meal in and of themselves, but feel free to make them into smaller sizes! Also great with pesto and tomatoes!

Kim

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 large meatballs
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x13-inch baking pan.

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  • Heat vegetable oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Saute zucchini and onion until softened, about 8 minutes. Add garlic; cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let mixture cool to room temperature.

  • Soak bread in a small bowl with milk until milk is absorbed, about 2 minutes. Remove bread and gently squeeze out excess milk. Place bread in a food processor and pulse until mixture forms fine crumbs resembling wet sand.

  • Combine ground turkey with the sauteed zucchini mixture, bread crumbs, oregano, salt, pepper, and nutmeg in a large bowl. Add eggs, Parmesan cheese, and parsley; mix thoroughly. Form mixture into 12 large meatballs using a large ice cream scoop.

  • Place 1/3 cup flour in a shallow dish. Dredge meatballs in flour and place 1 inch apart in the prepared baking pan. Drizzle olive oil over meatballs.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until meatballs are lightly browned on top and no longer pink in the center, 30 to 38 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of a meatball should read at least 160 degrees F (71 degrees C).

Nutrition Facts

126 calories; protein 10.3g 21% DV; carbohydrates 6.6g 2% DV; fat 6.6g 10% DV; cholesterol 60.1mg 20% DV; sodium 261.8mg 11% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/17/2018
I am the submitter of the recipe and yes 1 lbs of meat is correct! Yes we get 12 large meatballs out of this recipe! Adding in the zucchini bread crumbs cheese and eggs in addition to everything else really bulks up the recipe so you only need 1 lbs of ground turkey! If you want to add more by all means do so! But it isn't necessary! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/17/2018
I have not made this yet but know from experience that 1 pound of turkey for this recipe is not enough for 12 large meatballs! That must be a mistake stating 1 pound of ground turkey. They sound OK except for this. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
08/17/2018
I am the submitter of the recipe and yes 1 lbs of meat is correct! Yes we get 12 large meatballs out of this recipe! Adding in the zucchini bread crumbs cheese and eggs in addition to everything else really bulks up the recipe so you only need 1 lbs of ground turkey! If you want to add more by all means do so! But it isn't necessary! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2019
I halved the recipe. Changed nothing. They were awesome! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/30/2018
I added some extra italian season breadcrumbs at the end because it was too soft to make meatballs out of. then i used the broiler to brown them at the end because they were not browning in the oven Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/16/2018
I have not made this yet but know from experience that 1 pound of turkey for this recipe is not enough for 12 large meatballs! That must be a mistake stating 1 pound of ground turkey. They sound OK except for this. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
08/11/2018
They were very good! The only thing I did differently is I cooked them longer. I took a bit to make them shredding zucchini takes a bit?? All in all I ll definitely make them again! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
08/12/2018
I followed the recipe and I could see this would not make meatballs. The mixture didn t hold shape at all. The flavor was good but I made a meatloaf with it. I wondered if it needs two pounds of meat? Read More
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