Low-Carb Turkey Meatballs with Romano Cheese and Herbs
In this updated version I added a small amount of hemp hearts to the recipe to bump up the nutrition, but that’s completely optional. The meatballs are a little soft to work with, and you do have to watch them so the cheese doesn’t burn when you’re frying them, but if you want a flavorful meatball that’s Phase One, low-carb, and gluten-free, I think this recipe is a keeper!
Mix all the ingredients together with clean hands.
Heat a little olive oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat and cook the meatballs until they are well-browned and done clear through, about 15 minutes.
And just for laughs, here’s the original photo of the turkey meatballs from back in 2009, which looked a little too brown, although they definitely tasted good!
Turkey Meatballs with Romano Cheese and Herbs
(Makes about 30 medium-sized meatballs or 18 larger ones, about 6 servings. Recipe adapted from Healthy and Tasty Turkey Meatballs at Cucina Bella.)
1 1/2 lbs. ground turkey
1/2 cup Romano (or Parmesan-Romano) cheese (You don’t need freshly grated cheese for this recipe.)
1/4 cup raw hemp seed (optional, this makes the meatballs more nutritious. I used Hemp Hearts.)
1 tsp. granulated garlic (I would not substitute garlic powder)
1 tsp. teaspoon rubbed sage (or less)
1 tsp. dried rosemary (or less)
1 tsp. dried thyme (or less)
1 egg, beaten
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
3-4 tsp. olive oil, for frying the meatballs
When meat is room temperature, sprinkle ground herbs, Romano or Parmesan-Romano cheese, and hemp hearts over the meat; then add the egg and Worcestershire sauce. Wash hands, then use your hands to mix the herbs, cheese, and egg into the ground turkey. (Try not to overmix, just squeeze together until it’s combined.)
Use a spoon to scoop out same-size pieces of meat and form into individual meatballs by rolling them between your hands. (The mixture will be soft, but it will firm when the turkey is cooked.) When all meatballs are rolled, heat 1 T (3 tsp.) olive oil in a large non-stick frying pan. (Add the additional tsp. of olive oil as they cook if needed.)
Fry meatballs over medium heat, turning every few minutes to a new side, until all meatballs are well browned and done through, about 15 minutes. Cut one in half to be sure the inside is done, or test with a meat thermometer to be sure the temperature is at least 165F for ground turkey.
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