Belly filling food like slow cooker ground turkey meatballs tops my list of things to make when the snow blankets the ground, the cold wind howls, and the skies remain dark and grey for days on end.
These meatballs are so easy to make. I mix them up in one bowl, use no precise measurements, and cook them in a slow cooker until they are super tender.
Meatballs are so tasty. I have served them as appetizers, with piping hot bowls of pasta, or make yummy cheese topped sliders.
Remember, you do not need a specific recipe in front of you to end up with delicious meatballs. Here are a few basic things to take into consideration when making homemade meatballs.
1.) Select your meat. I typically use about a pound of ground beef, ground turkey, or a combination of ground beef and ground sausage when making my meatballs. Some cooks like to use ground chicken, ground pork, venison, or veal in theirs. You decide which flavors work best for you and your family.
2.) Pick your peppers. I prefer using diced green pepper in meatballs. Green peppers tend to carry a little stronger flavor and are less sweet than a red, yellow, or orange peppers. Of course if you like your meatballs spicier then you can use some red pepper flakes or jalapeño pepper.
3.) Decide on your onion. Which do you prefer? Yellow cooking onions, sweet onions like a Vidallia, or red onion? If you don’t like onions try onion powder. A lot of people find it less offensive than an onion. I used a sweet onion when I made these meatballs.
4.) Don’t forget you’ll need one large fresh egg.
5.) Breadcrumbs… Sometimes I use Italian flavored, sometimes plain, but in this case I opted for a Parmesan flavored. Remember the egg and bread crumbs are the binding agents and they help hold your meatballs together.
6.) Don’t forget your seasonings. Opt for a pinch of oregano, Italian seasoning, or basil – either fresh or dried herbs work fine but fresh will taste stronger than dried. I also add either fresh garlic or garlic powder to my meatball mix. In this batch I used garlic powder. And don’t forget to season with salt and pepper too.
7.) I typically like to cook my meatballs in a red sauce but you can also cook them in a creamy Alfredo sauce too. If you like Swedish meatballs you can cook them in two cans of a creamed soup of your choice and add splash of red cooking wine. I do not brown my meatballs before adding them to the slow cooker. I just throw them into the sauce of my choice and cook them until they are nice and tender.
As you can see, meatballs don’t have to be boring and you don’t have to follow any stead fast rules when making them – just be creative!