Florentine Turkey Meatballs

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I’ve struggled with ground turkey for years. It’s something I always want to include more of in our meals in place of ground beef, but I always find the taste a little lacking. The compromise that I use is to combine it with ground beef in equal proportions on a regular basis. That’s always been good enough for me.

Then one day last week when everyone was requesting meatballs for dinner, I discovered our end of the month stash was short on ground beef but that there was plenty of frozen ground turkey. I decided that enough was enough and that I could make something with straight ground turkey that wouldn’t make me wish for ground beef.

So I armed myself with some seasonings and all of our favorite flavors to come up with these Florentine Turkey Meatballs. They smelled fantastic while they were cooking, but I was still a little hesitant with that first bite. I’ll admit that I was more than a little pleasantly surprised. In fact, I fell in love with that first bite. The taste was definitely not ground beef, but that was just fine. The flavor and texture worked so well together that these are going to be a staple at our house from now on!

Florentine Turkey Meatballs

  • 1 1/2 lb. ground turkey
  • 2 1/2 c. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 t. salt
  • 1 t. Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 t. black pepper
  • 1/4 t. nutmeg

1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well with hands. Form into meatballs and place on a foil-lined baking sheet.

2. Bake at 375 degrees for 20-30 minutes, depending on size, until fully cooked.

These taste great as is or with some spaghetti sauce and pasta. I’m sure there are lots of other options for them as well. What do you think? How would you serve these?

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  1. Heather says:

    I would serve these! They look amazing! I too have been wanting to serve more ground turkey but my husband swears he can’t stand it. What I’m learning is if I just cook and don’t tell him what’s in his food he has no problems with some stuff he swears he hates. I bet he would love these meatballs.

  2. Christy W. says:

    These look yummy! I’m with you about being hesitant at first bite though. My youngest is highly lactose intolerant and I’ve had to create and recreate many a recipe. One of our favorites is meatball subs.

  3. These look awesome! I really like the spinach addition – bet that helps with using ground turkey. It’s nice that they aren’t meant to replicated ground-beef based meatballs, but be something unique all on their own. Thanks for this recipe.

  4. These look great! I’m thinking about making some meatball subs or spaghetti with meatballs. :)

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