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How to Make Freezer-Friendly Turkey Meatballs

Created January 10, 2017
This quick little make-ahead trick is going to change everything! Mix up a batch now and see why we’re never going back to store-bought meatballs.

Making meatballs at home is easy (really!). Start with flavorful ground turkey and follow the recipe for a fun appetizer, or stash a batch in the freezer to jump-start dinner during busy weeknights. 

What you’ll need:

How to:

1.  In a large bowl, mix the eggs and milk. Add the cubed bread pieces, then cover and refrigerate for about 20 minutes. After removing from the fridge, drain the egg mixture, saving ¾ of the mixture and discarding the rest. Then, stir the bread and egg mixture back together with a spoon until smooth.


2.  Add the remaining ingredients, except for the pizza sauce and oil. Stir gently until everything is well combined. At this point, you’ll want to preheat your oven to 400°F. Line two rimmed cookie sheets with parchment paper, top each with a cooling rack and spray the racks with cooking spray. Using wet hands, shape the meat mixture into 64 (1 ½-inch) balls. Dip or brush the bottoms of the balls with oil and place them one inch apart on the racks.


3.  Bake the meatballs for 45 to 50 minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of the meatballs reads 165°F. Serve with warmed pizza sauce.


4.  These turkey meatballs can also be frozen and saved for later! Follow the directions above for preparing the meatballs, but don’t bake them. Instead, place the raw meatballs on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and freeze until firm (we recommend at least two hours). Label eight quart-sized freezer plastic bags with the date and add eight meatballs to each. Press air out of the bag to seal and freeze for up to three months.


Make these meatballs the stars of supper by cooking up any one of these delicious, family friendly dinners!