Turkey meatballs with feta and fresh cilantro

9-10 servings; 10 min preparation; 30 min cooking time.

They say that you shouldn’t cook when you angry, because it influences the food. I think whoever said that had a point. But not only when you are angry, but also of you have a lot on your mind as well.

The past two months have been absolutely hectic and I had literally no inspiration to go to the kitchen. I’m really hoping this is over now and I can concentrate on what I love most – preparing and sharing delicious healthy food.

New month, new beginning. These turkey meatballs with feta and fresh cilantro are so delicious, healthy and easy to make. They are made in the oven, so there are no hidden calories and a lot of oil involved. 

Unfortunately you cannot try the mix before cooking it, because we are using poultry. But if you don’t add too much salt, the meatballs will be delicious.


Ingredients

  • 300 g turkey ground meat
  • 100 g feta, small brunoise
  • 10 g fresh cilantro, minced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp ground coriander seeds
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 red bell pepper, small brunoise (optional)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp breadcrumbs


Preparation

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C/400 degrees F. Cover a baking tray with a piece of parchment paper.

Cut the feta in very small cubes. Cut the bell pepper in very small brunoise as well. Mince the cilantro.

In a bowl mix the ground turkey meat with all dry ingredients. Be carefull with the amount of salt, because the feta is salty. Add the egg and breadcrumbs. Mix well.

Add the feta, minced cilantro and bell pepper pieces. Mix well.

Take a handful of the mixture and roll it to a ball. Make the meatballs as big as you want. I made mine as big as a ping-pong ball.

Place the balls on the baking tray. Bake them for 20 min in the preheated oven. Then increase the temperature to 220 degrees C/430 degrees F, so that they get some color. Bake for 10 more minutes. Serve with fresh tomato or mixed salad. Enjoy!

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