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Playing Learn How to Make a Meatball Hero Bar


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 pound cremini mushrooms, wiped clean and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons thyme, chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs or 3 slices stale white bread, crust removed and crumbled
  • Milk, to moisten bread or breadcrumbs
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 pound Italian-style turkey sausage, removed from casings (if sausage does not have fennel seed in it, add 1 teaspoon seeds or 1/2 teaspoon fennel pollen)
  • 2 handfuls grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 package chopped frozen spinach, defrosted and wrung dry in a clean towel
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1 teaspoon ground poultry seasoning or ground sage
  • EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil, for drizzling


Serves: Makes 20-24 meatballs


Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Heat olive oil, 2 turns of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and brown well then season with salt, pepper and thyme. Let cool.

Squeeze out excess milk from bread or breadcrumbs. Add them to a mixing bowl with the ground turkey, turkey sausage, cheese, egg, spinach, cooled mushrooms and pine nuts. Season with salt, pepper and poultry seasoning, and mix with your hands to combine. Drizzle meat with EVOO and use a scoop to roll 20-24 meatballs.

Arrange meatballs on the parchment-lined baking sheet and bake to cook through, 18-20 minutes.