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TurkeyMeatball_HNTThis meatball encompasses all the flavors of a stereotypical Christmas or Thanksgiving meal all in one bite. Ground Turkey is mixed together with spices, herbs, rice, nuts, rice and cheese and rolled in fresh breadcrumbs before it’s baked to a crispy finish.  It’s the magic of the holidays all in one bite.

In this recipe I’m using lean Turkey because this is the only kind that was available, but dark meat would work well too. I’ve got one pound of minced Turkey and  I’m going to be adding some crazy favours of Christmas to the mixture before I shape them into meatballs. I’m also adding small cubes of Asiago that will form pockets of melty cheese. These meatballs are rolled in a breadcrumb, herbs and grated cheese mixture before baking in a hot oven. If you use a mini ice cream scoop, you can make an appetizer size or a regular ice cream scoop size would make a great side to a creamy pasta.

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Turkey Meatballs with herbs, spices, cheese & nuts


  • 1 lb ground lean Turkey
  • 1 tsp each Onion and Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp smoked Paprika
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1 tbsp chopped dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup leftover while parboiled rice
  • 1/2 cup small cubes of Asiago cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped mixed herbs – Parsley, Sage & Rosemary
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 2 tbsps chopped red pepper
  • 1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsps grated Asiago cheese
  • 2 tbsps chopped herbs


  1. Mix all the ingredients together and divide using an ice cream scoop
  2. Mix the breadcrumbs with the grated cheese and herbs and roll the meatballs in the mixture
  3. Lay on a baking tray and bake for 20 mins in a 350 degree oven