Prep 30 mins
Cook 30 mins
I've been making these meatballs for years and friends at work as wells as my family all love them.
- 1 (1 1/4 lb) packagejennie-o ground turkey
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 3 celery ribs, roughly chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded, cleaned, and roughly chopped
- 1⁄2 cup quick oats (I like Gluten Free old fashioned oats)
- 1 egg
- 1⁄2 cup parmesan cheese
- 1⁄2 cup milk or 1⁄2 cup broth or 1⁄2 cup water
- 2 tablespoons seasoning salt (like Porterhouse or any savory grill seasoning that you like)
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 3 -4 tablespoons dehydrated onion
- 2 tablespoons dried parsley
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Spray baking sheet with PAM.
- Put celery, bell pepper, egg, oil, and milk (or liquid) in blender and process until smooth.
- In a large bowl mix together meats, oats, seasonings, Parmesan cheese, and blender concoction then gently knead until uniform in texture. (DO NOT leave out the celery!).
- Take a little of the mix and cook it in a skillet on the stove so you can taste it to see if it needs more seasoning. Happy with that? Then proceed to the next step --.
- Roll all the mix into balls about 1.5-2 inches in diameter and line them up on the baking sheet (they will shrink so it’s okay if they touch). I like to use a cookie scoop to make my balls uniform,and because its easier. Also, use a baking pan with sides - such as a jelly-roll pan, or cake pan, because these are juicy little balls and I don't want you set the oven on fire with meatball juice!
- Bake 30 minutes (or until no longer pink inside).
- Remove from oven and cover with foil for about 15 minutes - don't drain off the juices because the little balls will suck it all up.
- The meat mixture can also be formed into patties and fried in a pan on the stove like you would a burger (use Pam or some oil in the pan).
- Serve with some kind of sauce - bar-b-que, pasta sauce, creamy mushroom sauce, or just plain old gravy.
- NOTE: these freeze very well so I frequently make a double batch and freeze some in quart size freezer bags.