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Turkey Swedish Meatballs

Turkey Swedish Meatballs are delicious small meatballs in a creamy sauce. Eat them on their own or place on top of noodles or rice.
 Turkey Swedish Meatballs are delicious small meatballs in a creamy sauce. Eat them on their own or place on top of noodles or rice.
I was flipping through an old cookbook recently when I saw a recipe for Swedish Meatballs. It’s not something I think I ever made myself, nor did I grow up eating it that often, but my kids seem to gravitate toward them at parties. I wanted to try them out for myself, but also wanted to make them a little healthier so I made these Turkey Swedish Meatballs instead.

 Turkey Swedish Meatballs are delicious small meatballs in a creamy sauce. Eat them on their own or place on top of noodles or rice.

These were SO easy to make and the family loved them. Well, all of us except Gab, who prefers the beef version, though she did say they weren’t horrible and ate them anyway. I also like the fact that the entire meal was prepared in under 30 minutes; which is a life saver now that the kids are back in full swing. I’m sure you could even prepare the meatballs ahead of time, make a little extra gravy and keep them heated in the crock pot during the day so that they’re nice and hot when you get home from work. ~Enjoy! 

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Turkey Swedish Meatballs
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Turkey Swedish Meatballs
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Turkey Swedish Meatballs are delicious small meatballs in a creamy sauce. Eat them on their own or place on top of noodles or rice.

Course: Main Entree
Servings: 6
Author: Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
Ingredients
For the Meatballs
  • 1 lb. Extra Lean Ground Turkey (99/1)
  • 3/4 c. Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 c. Red Onion, small dice
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 2 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp. Fresh Parsley, chopped chopped
  • Kosher Salt & Black Pepper, to taste
For the Gravy
  • 1 tbsp. Butter
  • 2 tbsp. All Purpose Flour
  • 2 c. Milk (I used 2%)
  • 1 Chicken Bouillon Cube
  • 1 tbsp. Fresh Parsley, chopped
Instructions
For the Meatballs
  1. In a bowl, add the turkey, breadcrumbs, onion, egg, 1 tbsp. of oil and parsley and mix well.
  2. Form the mixture into 1 1/2" meatballs. (My batch yielded 33)
  3. Heat the remaining 1 tbsp. of oil in a large nonstick saute pan over medium heat. Add the meatballs and brown on all sides; approximately 5-8 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside while you make the gravy.
For the Gravy
  1. In the same saute pan, melt the butter, then whisk in the flour to form a roux.
  2. Add in the milk, bouillon cube and parsley and whisk until the cube is dissolved.
  3. Turn the heat on high and allow to come to a boil. The mixture will begin to thicken.
  4. Reduce the heat to low, add back in the meatballs and cover the pan.
  5. Allow to simmer for an additional 10 minutes, stirring the meatballs halfway through so they get covered. Serve over egg noodles or rice.

 Turkey Swedish Meatballs are delicious small meatballs in a creamy sauce. Eat them on their own or place on top of noodles or rice.

 

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11 Comments

  1. Skywest
    September 9, 2013 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    Carrie, does the calorie count for the 6 meatball serving include any noodles? Thanks.

    • Carrie Farias
      September 9, 2013 at 4:26 pm - Reply

      No. The calories are for the meatballs only. You have to add on anything you would serve it with like egg noodles or rice separately.

  2. Anita at Hungry Couple
    September 23, 2013 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    I’m sorry to hear you’re having this medical issue but hopefully it’ll be under control soon. I do like Swedish meatballs although they’re not something I indulge in often. Making them with turkey is a great idea!

    • Carrie Farias
      September 23, 2013 at 3:13 pm - Reply

      Thanks Anita, and I hope so too. It runs high in my family so I’m hoping it’s just that.

  3. Spicie Foodie
    September 30, 2013 at 10:14 pm - Reply

    I love Swedish meatballs, and your turkey twist sounds fantastic! Welcome to your first YBR and thanks for being a part of it.:)

    • Carrie Farias
      October 7, 2013 at 11:22 am - Reply

      Thank you and glad you like them. 🙂

  4. Joanne T ferguson
    October 2, 2013 at 6:51 am - Reply

    G’day love Swedish Meatballs, true!
    Now I have a craving for them thanks to you!
    Cheers! Joanne
    Viewed as part of Your Best Recipes Sept

    • Carrie Farias
      October 7, 2013 at 11:22 am - Reply

      I’m so glad you like them Joanne,thanks for stopping by.

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  6. Jen
    December 15, 2015 at 1:52 am - Reply

    Made this tonight, the roux is very bland. The ratio of sauce to meatball was kind of disappointing, but the meatballs themselves were pretty good! Extremely mushy texture, almost like liver. Needs a lot of salt.

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      December 16, 2015 at 6:37 am - Reply

      I’m sorry you didn’t like the recipe and yes, it probably does need salt. I don’t cook with much because I tend to use a lot of salt myself and salt my own dish afterwards.

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