teeny tiny turkey meatballs

Leo doesn’t really like meat. I don’t know why that bothers me. Ironically, I am always trying to find (tasty) ways for my husband and I to eat less meat and dairy.  But because he’s kind of a skinny kid, and he’s not into dairy unless it’s in the form of super sweet yogurt or string cheese, I am determined to get him to eat a little meat and fish.  Today I made him these turkey meatballs and success!

teeny tiny turkey meat balls

1/2 pound of ground turkey (I used dark meat. Ground turkey is usually sold by the pound, I used half of the package and put the rest in the freezer to use another time)

1 egg, beaten

1/2 to 3/4 cup Italian bread crumbs

Mix ingredients together. I started out with 1/2 a cup of breadcrumbs but ended up adding more.  I used the kind that you buy by the spices in the grocery store but if you use the fancy fresh ones (I know Whole Foods usually has them) or make them yourself you will probably need less. Use your hands to form tiny meatballs, mine were about 1/2 inch in diameter and I ended up with a ton.

From here you can either fry, bake or steam your meatballs.  I tried frying them but I found that they ended up a little tough for Leo to stab with his fork (and it’s all about the fork at this age!) so I steamed them on the stove for 10 minutes then let them sit for an additional five minutes to make sure they were done. After letting them cool I placed 1/2 of batch on a plate in the freezer then stuck them in a ziplock to be warmed up at a later date.


Not the best meatball photo but due to the fact that he wouldn’t stop moving I could not get a photo of Leo actually eating a meatball but I swear it happened!

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