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Turkey Meatballs with Tomatoes and Basil

Turkey Meatballs with Tomatoes and Basil
  • Category

    Main Dish

  • Cusine



1 1/2 pounds ground turkey

1/2 cup sour cream

1 egg

1/2 cup bread crumbs

2 teaspoons Kosher salt

2 tablespoons minced fresh basil

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon fennel seeds

2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1/3 cup flour, for dredging

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/2 jalapeno chile, seeded, minced

2 large garlic cloves, minced

3 tablespoons white wine or chicken stock

1 1/2 pounds fresh tomatoes, roughly chopped

1/4 cup fresh basil, thinly sliced


In a large bowl, place the turkey, bread crumbs, sour cream, egg, minced basil, salt, minced rosemary, oregano, thyme, fennel seeds, and red pepper flakes. Gently mix together using your hands.

Place flour in a shallow bowl or plate. Use the palms of your hands to form 1 1/2 to 2-inch wide meatballs. Roll the meatballs in the dredging flour and set them on a plate or tray. You should have about 18 to 22 meatballs.

Heat the olive oil over medium high heat in a large, shallow sauté pan. Gently place the meatballs in the pan. You may need to work in batches as to not crowd the pan. Once the meatballs are sizzling, reduce the heat to medium low and gently cook them on at least 3 sides, so that they get browned pretty much all over, and cooked through. Use a fork to nudge the meatballs in the pan. Cooking the meatballs should take about 10 minutes per batch. A gentle heat will ensure that the browned meatballs get cooked through. Use a slotted spoon to remove the meatballs from the pan to bowl, set aside.

Add the jalapeño and garlic to the pan and cook for 1 minute. Add the white wine or chicken stock. Increase the heat to high and boil down the liquid to the point where a wooden spoon leaves a trail through the pan as you scrape it along the bottom of the pan.

Return the meatballs to the pan with the sauce and coat all over with the pan sauce. Add the fresh tomatoes and toss to coat. Cook for four minutes or until the tomatoes just begin to break down. Do not overcook the tomatoes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the fresh basil.

Serve with fresh mozzarella, parmesan or pecorino cheese. Serve alone or with pasta, rice, or in a sandwich roll.