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  • Writer's pictureLois & Claire Travel

Transport yourself to Italy from home!

These turkey meatballs are a huge crowd pleaser and are perfect for your "at home" evening in Italy!

Turkey meatballs with burrata


  • For the meatballs:

  • 1 pound 93% lean ground turkey

  • 1 egg

  • 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs (or if GF sub 2-3 tablespoons coconut flour)

  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, finely minced

  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard

  • 1 teaspoon italian seasoning (or sub dried oregano)

  • 1 teaspoon cumin

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • For the sauce:

  • 1 (24 ounce) jar your favorite pasta sauce (we love tomato basil)

  • 4-6 large basil leaves, julienned

  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, (we leave this out because the kids do not love the kick)

  • 4-6 ounces Burrata cheese, cut into large pieces


In a large bowl, use your hands to combine the turkey, egg, breadcrumbs, basil, dijon mustard, italian seasoning, cumin, garlic powder, cayenne and salt and pepper. Mix together until well combined and roll into 16 golf ball sized meatballs.

Place a large skillet over medium high heat and add in olive oil. Add meatballs and brown on add sides; this should take about 5 minutes. You don't need to cook them all the way through.

Once meatballs have browned on all sides, reduce heat to medium low and add your tomato sauce. Spoon the tomato sauce generously over the meatballs. Bring to a simmer, cover with a lid and cook for 10-15 minutes while you make your pasta (if making).

After about 10 minutes, add the basil and burrata in the tomato sauce and/or over the meatballs; cover and continue cooking for 5 more minutes or until the cheese has melted into the sauce.

Serve meatballs over grain or pasta of choice (we love bucatini). Would also be great over spaghetti squash. Serves 4.

Now let's set the mood

  • Play Italian music

  • Get out a strand of Christmas Lights to decorate and set the mood

  • Dim the lights and light some candles

  • Put out olive oil and bread for dipping

  • Learn some Italian words throw into conversation over dinner

  • After dinner you could watch Under the Tuscan Sun 

Viola! An Italian evening at home.


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