Baked Spinach, Garlic, and Rosemary Turkey Meatballs

16 Jan
Baked Spinach, Garlic, and Rosemary Turkey Meatballs

Baked Spinach, Garlic, and Rosemary Turkey Meatballs

Flavor bombs, I tell you, and it’s no joke when I say these are da’ bomb! These large puppies are not only packed with flavor, they are the size of small cannon balls. I was searching the interwebz for something to make with my half-priced pound of ground turkey I found in the Reduce for Immediate Sale bin at the grocery, and came across several recipes for ground turkey meatballs. The thing is, I didn’t have all the ingredients for any single one, so did was I always do. I printed them all out, and mish-mashed them together to come up with this.

BONUS: Earlier in the week I had made some homemade croutons from roasted garlic-infused olive oil and grated Parmesan. I used leftover bread I took home from our company party.

Making Homemade Croutons

Making Homemade Croutons

Gosh aren’t they lovely?

Homemade Roasted Garlic and Parmesan Croutons

Homemade Roasted Garlic and Parmesan Croutons

They ground up in my Ninja perfectly to use as a binder for the meatballs. Keeping the roasted garlic theme in mind, I did a quick roast of three large cloves of garlic in my toaster oven for 20 minutes.

SECOND BONUS: The night before I had made a huge batch of our favorite side dish to go with whatever the heck meat we had (See I love these so much that I can’t even remember what I ate with them as in my mind they are the star of any meal.) I had plenty of this rosemary bliss to serve with the meatballs, so of course I carried the rosemary theme through to the meatballs. Recipe here ——–> Rosemary and Butter Red Potatoes and Green Beans.

Buttered Rosemary Red Potatoes and Green Beans

Buttered Rosemary Red Potatoes and Green Beans

UN-BONUS: Sometimes my math isn’t so good. I was trying to figure out how long to set the timer so I could take the meatballs out of the oven about 5 minutes before they were done to zest some Parmesan over the top of them. I usually cook meatloaf about an hour, but figured I would check them with an instant-read thermometer at 30 minutes. So. I set the timer for 40 minutes. Why? I have no clue. Slightly on the dry side, but the spinach did help a lot with keeping them from being a disaster. The pan juices in the casserole dish poured over was also a perfect remedy.

Baked Spinach, Garlic, and Rosemary Turkey Meatballs

Baked Spinach, Garlic, and Rosemary Turkey Meatballs

Baked Spinach, Garlic, and Rosemary Turkey Meatballs

3 large cloves garlic, peels left on
1/4 cup bread crumbs (from flavored croutons if you have them, or make your own!)
1/4 cup finely minced onion (I used the same Ninja that I ground up the breadcrumbs in)
1 pound ground turkey
8 ounces frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 large egg
1/4 teaspoon dried, crushed rosemary (I crush the dried leaves with a mortar and pestle)
Pinch of dried thyme
1/4 cup chicken stock
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Ground black pepper, to taste

Wrap the garlic cloves in foil and roast for 20 minutes in a 400-degree oven (toaster oven is more economical). Remove and let cool, then peel and mince.

Meanwhile, process the croutons into bread crumbs, remove, then process the onion into a fine mince. (Store-bought bread crumbs are fine, as well as mincing your own onion with a knife.)

Processing the Croutons into Bread Crumbs

Processing the Croutons into Bread Crumbs

Add all the ingredients to a large bowl and get ready to mess up your hands. Thoroughly combine all the ingredients using both hands.

Ground Turkey Meatball Ingredients

Ground Turkey Meatball Ingredients

When completely combined, scoop out a large handful and roll around in your hands and shape into the size of a large golf ball or small tennis ball. (What is that size? A rubber squash ball?) Either way, you should end up with six fairly same-sized meatballs.

Turkey Meatballs Ready to Bake

Turkey Meatballs Ready to Bake

Place the meatballs in a small oil-sprayed baking dish and cover tightly with foil. Bake for 25 minutes (not 40 please) or until an instant-read thermometer reads 160 degrees.

Remove foil then grate some fresh Parmesan cheese over top. Cook for another 5 minutes until cheese is melted and slightly browned. Serve immediately with any sides of choice.

Baked Spinach Garlic and Rosemary Turkey Meatballs

Baked Spinach Garlic and Rosemary Turkey Meatballs

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68 Responses to “Baked Spinach, Garlic, and Rosemary Turkey Meatballs”

  1. Lynz Real Cooking January 16, 2016 at 11:43 am #

    Yummy these sound scrumptious! That is the only word for them!! homemade croutons,rosemary yumm.

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  2. Lina January 16, 2016 at 11:49 am #

    These look so succulent and appetising…love the idea of spinach and rosemary together into one dish! Lovely recipe☺

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  3. teagan geneviene January 16, 2016 at 11:52 am #

    *Gasp* Flavor bomb indeed! I can just imagine how the house smells with that cooking. Mega hugs

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  4. Pat January 16, 2016 at 11:58 am #

    These look REALLY good!!

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  5. all-TIM-ate January 16, 2016 at 12:29 pm #

    when i see food that looks as good as this, i regret giving up poultry 😦

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  6. apuginthekitchen January 16, 2016 at 12:41 pm #

    Love the meatballs, the croutons, the side dish. The whole meal is wonderful. I have to make those croutons they look just perfect and no wonder the meatballs were so delicious.

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    • anotherfoodieblogger January 16, 2016 at 1:07 pm #

      I know the croutons are so delicious. I have them on my counter in a ziploc and I can’t keep my fingers out of the bag!

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  7. Cheryl "Cheffie Cooks" Wiser January 16, 2016 at 1:20 pm #

    LOL Love it-I just posted a recipe (for next week) on https;//thewisercook.wordpress.com you might like-close comparable here-great minds think alike! Woo-Hoo KR. xoxoxo

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  8. Gerlinde January 16, 2016 at 4:12 pm #

    Your turkey meatballs look delicious . I like the idea of adding homemade croutons.

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  9. Freda @ Aromatic essence January 16, 2016 at 4:45 pm #

    Your home made croutons look fantastic, Kathryn! So do the turkey meatballs too πŸ™‚

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  10. Love Served Daily January 16, 2016 at 7:42 pm #

    Wow. I absolutely loved this

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  11. PantryPortfolio January 17, 2016 at 7:37 am #

    These look amazing and your pictures are scrumptious! –Deb

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  12. annasdiabetes January 17, 2016 at 10:05 am #

    Will have to try these in my kitchen. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. lynne hoareau January 17, 2016 at 10:42 am #

    Everything about this recipe is …YUM !!! My goodness I could eat some right now, I am not kidding you. Thanks for the great recipe

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  14. Lana-Once Upon a Spice January 17, 2016 at 10:47 am #

    Flavor bombs indeed! These look incredible, Kathyrn!! Buttered rosemary green beans & potatoes too! Nice!!

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  15. Cheryl "Cheffie Cooks" Wiser January 17, 2016 at 12:12 pm #

    So KR I was going to answer your question about the apples I use and voila it disappeared-what is up with word press??? Anyway, I try to use Braeburn, Fugi, Rome a sweeter milder apple! Cheryl https://thewisercook.wordpress.com – Baked Scallops Potatoes & Apples Post! Cheryl xoxoxo

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  16. Sadie's Nest January 18, 2016 at 6:37 am #

    Yum… and I want those croutons. πŸ™‚

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  17. Michelle Williams January 18, 2016 at 6:58 am #

    These meatballs look fantastic! WOW! Thank you for sharing.

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  18. Josette@thebrookcook January 18, 2016 at 10:57 am #

    These look wonderful- I LOVE how green they are!! Loaded with spinach & so full-flavored- yummy. πŸ™‚

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  19. Conor Bofin January 18, 2016 at 11:53 am #

    Kathryn, That all looks very tasty. Very healthy too by all accounts.

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  20. ChgoJohn January 19, 2016 at 7:10 am #

    I’ve fallen out of the habit but aren’t homemade croutons the best? When I make them I wonder why I don’t do them far more often. Meatballs are another one. I so rarely make them and not for any reason. When I do get the bug to make either dish, I now know where to come for guidance. Your croutons and meatballs sound delicious!

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  21. D. Wallace Peach January 19, 2016 at 6:21 pm #

    Looks good. I never think to add herbs to my cooking (except garlic). Yet I love the flavors. I’ll have to give it a go πŸ™‚ Thanks for the recipe!

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  22. Bernadette January 21, 2016 at 5:36 am #

    Welcome to the Salon. I’m running out the door right now to purchase the ingredients. YUM

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    • anotherfoodieblogger January 21, 2016 at 7:35 am #

      Thank you for having me here! Lynn sent me your way. I hope you like them! πŸ™‚

      Like

  23. New Journey January 21, 2016 at 7:12 am #

    Made these yesterday…..so yummy….thanks for the great recipe…I had mine over rice….tasty for sure….kat

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  24. Kouzounas Kitchen January 23, 2016 at 8:54 pm #

    Yummy! I’m a huge spinach fan!

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  25. chef mimi January 24, 2016 at 5:22 pm #

    Lovely! I really like the spinach in these!! Great idea!

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  26. Karina Pinella February 1, 2016 at 4:38 pm #

    What a beautiful looking meatball. I’ll be sure to make this . . . some day . . . soon . . .

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  27. queensashy February 9, 2016 at 3:40 pm #

    KR – you are cooking my kind of food! It spells c-o-m-f-o-r-t all over. Love all the recipes, but this one is a must try, like right away, because I am exploring innovative ways to make my daughter eat spinach, and this is simply genius!

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    • anotherfoodieblogger February 9, 2016 at 3:47 pm #

      Wow, thank you so much, that is quite a complement coming from the queen of cooking! But really, you should give these meatballs a go, the flavor was fantastic. πŸ™‚

      Like

  28. Kate February 13, 2016 at 1:11 am #

    I have meatballs on my mind for a while now, and this looks perfect! Thanks for sharing this. I will definitely try it!

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  29. viktoryarch January 13, 2017 at 11:25 am #

    Wishing you the best 2017… Thank you for your mouthwatering posts…:)

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