In my opinion, turkey tastes like farts. However, these meatballs are one of the few things where I think turkey actually tastes better than beef. I think the reason for the turkey’s awesomeness in these meatballs has to do with the bird’s gaminess (or fart flavor), because the flavor really comes through all of the “filler” that goes into these meatballs.
Add in a bowl:
- 20 oz ground turkey
- smashed crackers (2 parts meat to 1 part smashed crackers) *Hint* Just throw the crackers into a plastic, sandwich bag and roll over them with a rolling pin for easy smashing!
- 2 or more whopping tablespoons of minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning (marjoram, thyme, rosemary, savory, sage, oregano, and basil)
- Half a cup of Parmesan cheese
- Fresh cracked pepper (add to taste – I like lots of pepper)
- Add celery salt in place of real salt (Keep in mind that you’ll also be sprinkling the outsides of the meatballs with celery salt later.)
I highly recommend putting on a pair of vinyl gloves before you begin mixing the meat. Mix everything together EXTREMELY WELL and form the meat into one, giant meatball. Then grab a small amount of meat with each hand, and separately roll the meat into two balls with each hand rolling one meatball. If you’re having trouble rolling the meat into a ball with one hand, then you’re using too much meat. Each ball should only be an inch to an inch and a half in diameter. When you’re finished, all of the meatballs should be as perfectly round as you can possibly get them and devoid of any cracks. Sprinkle them with celery salt.
Then, add some olive oil to a frying pan at medium to medium/high heat. We find that a large, electric skillet works perfectly. Once the olive oil is hot and slides around quickly on the bottom pan, quickly add the meatballs one at a time, and make sure that none of them are touching. Every couple of minutes, shake the pan to roll the meatballs around or roll them around the pan using a wooden spoon. Once the meatballs are golden, browned, and crispy – you’re in business!