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I love a good meatball but have had to shun most store-bought ones since going gluten-free. These scrumptious, gluten-free meatballs are a real crowd pleaser and a great alternative to premade ones.
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Making Gluten-Free Garlic Parmesan Turkey Meatballs
For the last few months, when making meatballs I have used ground oats in the place of traditional breadcrumbs. Here, they are replaced with a hearty portion of freshly grated Parmesan cheese. A combination of spices and fresh herbs pack tons of flavor into every bite.
These meatballs freeze well, so make a double or triple batch if time allows. Then simply pull out of the freezer and reheat to serve. They pair well with spaghetti squash, zucchini noodles, or your favorite gluten-free pasta for a quick and delicious weeknight meal.
Supplies to Make Gluten-Free Garlic Parmesan Turkey Meatballs
Before you get started, make sure to have your supplies ready. While you can use a casserole dish for the final baking in sauce, I am partial to cast iron skillets.
Here are my favorites:
USA Pan Bakeware Extra Large Sheet Baking Pan and Bakeable Nonstick Cooling Rack SetAmazonBasics Silicone Baking Mat – 2 PackReynolds Kitchens Cookie Baking Sheets Parchment Paper (Non-Stick, 22 Sheets)Lodge Cast Iron Skillet with Red Silicone Hot Handle Holder, 12-inch
You can also find some great kitchen items here:
Recipe for Gluten-Free Garlic Parmesan Turkey Meatballs
Tip: To help the meatballs hold their round shape, bake them on their own first before adding the tomato sauce.
- 2 c. sugar-free tomato sauce
- 2 lbs. ground turkey breast
- 1 large (or 2 small) eggs
- 1½ c. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 1½ T. fresh oregano leaves
- 3 T. fresh basil leaves, chopped
- 3 T. fresh parsley, chopped
- 3 cloves fresh garlic, finely minced
- 1 T. onion salt
- ½ T crushed red pepper flakes
- Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
- 1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat baking mat. Set aside.
- 2. Pour tomato sauce into 9x13” glass baking dish and spread in a thin layer to cover the bottom and set aside.
- 3. Add ground turkey, eggs, Parmesan cheese, oregano, basil, parsley, garlic, onion salt, and crushed red pepper flakes to a large glass bowl. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Thoroughly combine mixture with your hands and divide into 24 equal-sized portions. (For larger meatballs, separate into 18 portions). Add more Parmesan cheese, if necessary, to bind the ingredients.
- 4. Gently roll each portion into a ball and place on prepared baking sheet, leaving room between each meatball. Place baking sheet in pre-heated oven and bake for 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven and transfer meatballs to prepared baking dish. Drizzle with additional tomato sauce and Parmesan cheese, if desired.
- 5. Place baking dish in oven for approximately 10 minutes, or until sauce and meatballs are heated through. Remove from oven and serve immediately with additional tomato sauce, Parmesan cheese, and fresh basil, if desired.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 3396 Total Fat: 156g Carbohydrates: 138g Protein: 374g
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