Tailgating with Turkey Meatballs

by Tracy Davenport, Ph.D. Health Writer

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Tailgating with Turkey Bacon Meatballs.

Tonight we are "tailgating" before the big game. It is important to find things to bring to events like these that are fun, but that will not make you regret your participation later. These meatballs look like the real deal, but the turkey bacon and ground turkey have a lot less fat than typical meatballs.

Cooking spray

1 lb. ground turkey

3 strips turkey bacon (cooked until crisp and cut into small pieces)

1 egg

1/2 cup breadcrumbs (rice bread works fine for a gluten free option)

1 Tbs. mustard

pinch of salt and pepper


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Place the meat in a bowl, and with your fist, make an indentation. Place the turkey bacon, egg, breadcrumbs, mustard, salt and pepper into the meat mixture. Using your hands, mix, but do not over mix, all of the ingredients. Make into one inch sized balls.

Heat the skillet to medium high and coat with cooking spray. Place the meatballs in the skillet and brown quickly on all sides, turning almost continuously. Remove from the skillet and place in a baking dish. Finish baking in the oven (depending on the size of your meatballs this should only take about 10 - 15 minutes). Serve warm.

Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.
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