Turkey Swedish Meatballs
Turkey Swedish Meatballs are so, so good. This entree starts with my favorite Swedish Meatballs recipe. I swapped out the ground beef for ground turkey to lower the calories a little bit. But it still has plenty of calories since this recipe uses heavy whipping cream and half and half. It turns out to be a comfort food meal extraordinaire. No kidding.
Meatballs are a comfort food meal for me anyway. Which is strange since my mother never made them. I didn’t start eating meatballs until I was in my 20s. The first kind I ever tried was my Waikiki Meatballs from my old Betty Crocker cookbook. I still love that favorite vintage recipe.
We moved out of our dream home south of the Metroplex on Valentine’s day weekend. It was the week of the big freeze where Dallas had sub-zero temperatures for over a week. We moved in with my son. During that time so many people were without power for a week or two. It was awful. There were times when we had no hot water, or the water was brackish and we couldn’t even boil it for use. My husband suggested we fill a tub with water just in case. That ended up being a life-saver. We ended up using that water for bathing and washing hands several times!
The house we were selling at the time had pipes freeze up in the attic. Thankfully, two days before we were supposed to close on the house, the pipes unfroze and hot water started moving through the pipes again (without any damage) so we were able to close on our house without any difficulties.
When we moved in for five weeks with our kids, we didn’t have a house to go to. We kept looking but we had no idea how long we’d be living with them. I offered to make meals about three times a week for everyone because my daughter-in-law was working overtime with her job. While there, I decided to make up these delicious meatballs. I thought they turned out quite wonderfully.
Turkey Swedish Meatballs are just what the doctor ordered when you’re going through trying times. 🙂 Whether it’s power outages, homelessness (sort of), or my youngest son unable to get a plane out of Dallas, or any of the other difficulties we faced at the time, this meal made us happy–and full. The meatballs are hearty and filling along with being out of this world scrumptious. They also heat up really well for leftovers. We couldn’t get enough of them. Hope you enjoy them too.
I loved the way these Turkey Swedish Meatballs turned out.
This savory meal is perfect for fall or winter months.
This stick-to-the-ribs meal will have you licking your lips after every bite.
Here’s what I did.
I used these ingredients for the meatballs, plus parsley.
Place ground turkey in a mixing bowl. Add onions, panko bread crumbs (or Italian bread crumbs), egg, parmesan cheese, garlic salt, marjoram, garlic salt and heavy whipping cream. (You will also add parsley, I just forgot it here).
Here’s the parsley.
Thoroughly mix the turkey mixture with your hands until very well combined.
Shape meat mixture into meatballs and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
Bake at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes until meatballs are done. Set aside.
Meanwhile, cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and then spray noodles with some olive oil or avocado oil to keep them from sticking together while every thing else is being cooked.
I used these ingredients for the sauce.
In a saucepan over medium heat, heat avocado oil. Add flour and whisk and cook together about a minute.
Add half-and-half about a quarter cup at a time whisking after each addition.
Add beef broth.
Add seasonings: dill weed, sea salt, pepper, garlic powder and parsley.
Continue heating over low to medium heat until mixture has thickened.
Add meatballs to sauce and heat through. Sprinkle with additional parsley or dill weed, if desired.
Turkey Swedish Meatballs were fantastic. They also heat up really well for leftovers.
The meatballs turn out plump and juicy. Served over noodles, this entree is so mouthwatering.
The sauce is really delicious too. While the half-and-half makes it thick, the seasonings make it superb in flavor.
Here’s the recipe.
TURKEY SWEDISH MEATBALLS
(My own concoction)
There actually is a lot of sauce although I didn’t spoon a lot of it on top of the meatballs for this picture.
I used turkey instead of ground beef to try to cut down on the calories slightly.
We ate platefuls of this amazing Turkey Swedish Meatballs entree!