Oven Baked Meatballs

Who doesn’t love meatballs… in spaghetti, in submarine sandwiches, in pizza, in kebabs or just on their own accompanying a beer. Somehow those store bought meatballs don’t really taste authentic. Also, you never know what goes into them. That’s why I prefer to make meatballs at home using lean turkey meat. They are healthy and taste great because I control the spices. We prefer to make them with a mildly spicy Middle Eastern taste which suits our pallet. In this recipe, I make the base for all other meatball dishes.

Ingredients

  • Turkey meat (or chicken) – 500g ground
  • Large onion – 1/2 finely diced
  • Garlic – 3 cloves minced
  • Carrots – 1 finely chopped
  • Green bell pepper – 1 finely chopped
  • Eggs – 1 large
  • Parseley – 1/2 cup finely chopped
  • Coriander leaves – 1/2 cup finely chopped
  • Paprika powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Salt – 1 teaspoon
  • Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Turmeric – a pinch
  • Breadcrumbs – 1/2 cup (preferably panko)
  • Cumin powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 400f or 210c.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl.
  3. Make into 20-25 balls depending on preference.
  4. Place them on a baking tray and bake for 18-20 minutes.
  5. Serve hot with ketchup/chilli sauce or use in other dish such as spagatti and meatballs, meatballs marinara or meatballs curry.

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