I've served this about a dozen times to family and friends and it's always a hit. I've made the recipe as is and it's great. I've also put the meatballs in a 9- x 13-inch baking dish, covered with marinara sauce and baked for about 45 minutes. Great for a buffet! No one even guesses it's made from turkey.
We adapted and scaled down this recipe from Barbara Jean's Cookbook by Barbara Jean Barta, owner of the Barbara Jean's restaurant chain. Make a large batch of these, and freeze them in meal-size portions to cook during the week.
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- 1/2 pound mild Italian sausage, casings removed
- 3/4 pound ground turkey
- 1 cup fine, dry breadcrumbs
- 3/4 cup minced onion
- 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
- Marinara Sauce
- Hot cooked spaghetti
- Freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
- 1. Combine sausage, ground turkey, and next 8 ingredients in a large bowl until well blended.
- 2. Gently shape meat mixture into 30 (1 1/2-inch) balls.
- 3. Bring Marinara Sauce to a boil in a Dutch oven over medium heat, stirring occasionally; reduce heat, and simmer. Add 10 meatballs, and cook 6 to 8 minutes or until meatballs are done. Remove meatballs from sauce, and keep warm; repeat procedure with remaining meatballs.
- 4. Return all cooked meatballs to sauce, reduce heat to low, and cook 10 more minutes. Serve over hot cooked spaghetti, and, if desired, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
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