I’m not going to lie – this is not a quick recipe. But it is tasty and so much better for you than those frozen, pre-made swedish meatballs. Bonus, it’s a great way to use up excess garden zucchini.
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 lb ground pork or pork sausage
- 2 cups grated zucchini (or you can use carrots, celery or a mix of all three)
- 2 eggs
- 1 grated onion
- 4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp oregano
- 2 cups breadcrumbs
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp salt
Throw everything into a large mixing bowl and get busy. I tried a potato masher for mixing, but it is just easier to use your hands. I use a melon baller to portion the meatballs – it makes the perfect bite-sized meatball after it puffs up during cooking. If you prefer a larger meatball simply roll the meat mixture into the size of golf-balls. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven or cook directly in your favorite red sauce, like dumplings, letting them simmer for 45 minutes to an hour or more. I like the dumpling method, personally – the meatballs come out fluffy and moist and the flavor from the red sauce seeps in.
Have you ever made homemade meatballs?