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Easy, Juicy Turkey Meatball Recipe

Janis loves to occasionally post original recipes, influenced by the creative cooking skills inherited from her mother and aunts.

These juicy turkey meatballs topped with mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce, and parsley will melt in your mouth with flavor.

These juicy turkey meatballs topped with mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce, and parsley will melt in your mouth with flavor.

The Meatball: A Popular Food in Most Cultures

Meatballs are a comfort food in most cultures. Served with pasta, potatoes, or rice, with or without sauce, meatballs are baked, steamed, or fried to perfection.

In American culture, a traditional meatball is most often cooked with Italian seasonings and served with marinara sauce, atop a mound of spaghetti. It takes a great cook to perfect a particular method for making the perfect meatball.

My talented Aunt Jenny is such a cook. I recall enjoying her turkey meatballs as a teenager and later learning how to cook them. Aunt Jenny was known for watching cooking shows and keeping up with the latest recipes and gadgets used to prepare the best American dishes.

Despite her Jamaican heritage, Aunt Jenny always had a knack for preparing food outside of our culture. Her favorite dishes were lasagna, checkerboard cakes, and meatballs made with ground turkey and V-8 Vegetable Juice, also known as tomato juice.

Juicy Turkey Meatballs Made with Vegetable Juice

The secret to making the juiciest meatballs lies in the method of preparation. I have found that the slow cook method, using organic tomato/vegetable juice, keeps the ground turkey meatballs moist while locking in the flavorful herbs and seasonings.

Each bite is remarkable, with a tenderness surrounded by a thickened tomato sauce rendered by the special ingredients. Those ingredients include grated Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs which produce a taste and consistency like no other meatball.

The following recipe will serve a large family or dinner party. As I share this recipe with my own special touches, I express much love and gratitude to my Aunt Jenny for taking the time to cook these turkey meatballs for our family. It soon became one of my favorite dishes to prepare and eat.

Ground turkey is an inexpensive, healthier alternative to ground beef. Compared to fattier cuts of ground beef, ground turkey is 93% lean, 7% fat. Depending on your health needs, the benefits of ground turkey may outweigh beef.

Ground turkey is an inexpensive, healthier alternative to ground beef. Compared to fattier cuts of ground beef, ground turkey is 93% lean, 7% fat. Depending on your health needs, the benefits of ground turkey may outweigh beef.

The combination of seasonings, herbs, and fresh vegetables make this meatball recipe a winner.

The combination of seasonings, herbs, and fresh vegetables make this meatball recipe a winner.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

45 min

20 min

1 hour 5 min

30 meatballs (2-in size) Serves 6 to 8 people

Fresh herbs and vegetables are best to achieve great flavor and texture for meatballs.

Fresh herbs and vegetables are best to achieve great flavor and texture for meatballs.

Ingredients

  • 2 packages ground turkey, 93% lean, 16 to 19 ounce each
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 vegetable/tomato juice, organic store brand, 46 ounce
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs, plain, unseasoned
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, Kraft brand
  • 1 cup sweet onions, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup sweet green pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, white cap, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon Sazon seasoning, packet without annatto
  • 1 teaspoon Spike salt-free seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon thyme leaves
  • 2 Tablespoons barbeque Sauce, hickory or honey flavor
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Safely thaw frozen ground turkey, break up into a large mixing bowl. Crack eggs onto ground turkey, add bread crumbs, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, onion, green pepper, mushrooms, and parsley. Gently mix with spoon evenly spreading ingredients.
  2. Add to mixture Italian seasoning, Sazon, Spike, black pepper, garlic powder, thyme, barbeque sauce, and Worcestershire sauce. Gently blend all ingredients, spreading herbs and spices evenly throughout the ground turkey mixture.
  3. Pour entire bottle of vegetable juice into a large Dutch oven pot. Add cayenne pepper, sugar, and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Stir and let the juice heat slowly under low heat while you form the meatballs. Finish forming all meatballs before adding them to the juice for even cooking.
  4. Form meatballs gently with mashing the ground turkey to keep them moist, yet firm. Meatballs should be at least 2 inches in diameter. Place them in a separate container as they are formed.
  5. Drop each meatball into the warmed vegetable juice, one at a time, spreading as evenly as possible around the pot. The last few will sit on top of those on the bottom. Using pot handles, gently shake the pot until meatballs are covered with the juice. Cover, turn heat to medium-low, simmer for 20 minutes.
  6. Meatballs should retain their size after cooking with a moist consistency. The juice will thicken upon standing and cooling, making a nice sauce. Serve with your choice of pasta, rice or bread.
Serving suggestion: Meatballs are topped with small cuts of mozzarella cheese and freshly cut parsley paired with a rotini and broccoli cheese blend.

Serving suggestion: Meatballs are topped with small cuts of mozzarella cheese and freshly cut parsley paired with a rotini and broccoli cheese blend.

Nutritional Analysis of Recipe

Good Points: Very high in Vitamins A, B6, and C

Bad Points: High in cholesterol and sodium

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Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on July 27, 2015:

Aww, sorry about that. Maybe you can substitute. Thanks for your visit.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on July 27, 2015:

sure sounds good but lots of ingredients i can't find them here

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on April 13, 2015:

Thank you very much, hope you try it.

LaZeric Freeman from Hammond on April 13, 2015:

Looks very tasty.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on March 06, 2015:

Thanks for the generous comments, mary615. I will definitely stop by and check out your recipe.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on March 06, 2015:

I make turkey meatballs, but I bake mine! I've never tried making them in a veg. juice before. Yours look really good, and I'll bet they taste really good, too. When you have some time, check out my recipe for turkey meatballs and see what you think.

Voted up, etc. and shared.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on September 15, 2014:

Thanks for saying so, DrBill. You're welcome. I appreciate the visit, fanmail, and follow.

William Leverne Smith from Hollister, MO on September 15, 2014:

Super yummy looking recipe. Thanks for sharing! Yum! ;-)

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on February 13, 2014:

Thank you, bethperry. They are so good. Hope you like them.

Beth Perry from Tennesee on February 12, 2014:

jan, these sound delicious. I'll have to try out the recipe!

Voted up.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on February 01, 2014:

Thank you much, try them tomorrow for the Super Bowl! They are easy to make.

LJ Scott from Phoenix, Az. on February 01, 2014:

I love turkey, and I love to cook...so this is a doubly good hub to me... I am looking forward to trying recipe...Yummy!!!!!

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on December 29, 2013:

LOL, thanks, Dale. I really appreciate the visit and the votes.

Dale Hyde from Tropical Paradise on Planet X on December 29, 2013:

This sounds very tempting indeed! I have it bookmarked. Voted up among other little things I clicked on. :) I love the one video, lol, the commercial one. :)

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on September 17, 2013:

You're very welcome. Thanks for stopping by. The lower sodium juice will do the trick. I've used it before.

Mary Craig from New York on September 17, 2013:

They look delicious and I appreciate your warning about cholesterol and sodium. I'll have to work on a way to lower that.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on September 16, 2013:

Hi DDE, thanks.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on September 16, 2013:

Great recipe for turkey meatballs

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on September 13, 2013:

Thanks for the votes and for the visit, Eddy.

Eiddwen from Wales on September 13, 2013:

Mm another great recipe for me to vote up and save.

Enjoy your day.

Eddy.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on September 12, 2013:

Thank you, Heather. Glad you stopped by. Thank you so much for pinning. The organic juice tastes so much better than the V8. I discovered it by accident because it was on sale.

Heather from Arizona on September 12, 2013:

This looks fantastic. I love recipes with tons of ingredients. I never thought about using organic vegetable juice-- that's a great idea. Pinning this for later. I need to try these sometime :) Love your original pictures too :)

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on September 12, 2013:

I'm so glad to hear that, Carola Finch. I know recipe hubs aren't considered "real content writing" so I always try to include a story or something informative. I'm so glad you decided to visit. I really appreciate your taking the time to read my hub. Thank you. :-)

Carola Finch from Ontario, Canada on September 12, 2013:

Don't usually look at recipe hubs, but this one caught my eye because I love turkey meatballs. Will be sure to try this one. Well done!

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on September 11, 2013:

Hi Jackie,

It might be okay but with a totally different flavor and consistency. I tried ground chicken once to make chicken patties. Did I say once? LOL :) I'm glad you stopped by and liked this recipe. Thank you for the visit, Jackie.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on September 11, 2013:

Wow, that does look delicious. Wonder if it would be OK to use ground chicken? Probably so, huh? I use to eat ground turkey a lot but after trying the ground chicken (although it isn't as easy to find) I just thought it had a better flavor. Maybe I will just try both! ^

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on September 11, 2013:

Thanks, billybuc. I hope you enjoy them. Thanks for the visit.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 11, 2013:

I do love meatballs so you can bet I'll be trying this recipe. Thank you!