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Cheesy Turkey Meatballs with Asparagus

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Cheesy Turkey Meatballs with Asparagus
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Cheesy Meatballs with Lemon Asparagus - #turkey #meatballs #recipe - Easy and nourishing, these cheesy turkey meatballs just melt in your mouth and crunchy asparagus help keep carbs low.

Cheesy Meatballs with Lemon Garlic Asparagus – This easy and nourishing skillet meal is absolutely fabulous in every way imaginable! Cheesy turkey and pork meatballs just melt in your mouth and crunchy asparagus helps keep carbs low. Just because you watch the carbs doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy warm, hearty, savory meals like this cheesy turkey meatball recipe. Gluten-free, paleo, low-carb, keto-friendly, and ready in 30 minutes or less, these low-carb turkey meatballs and asparagus sure can be a lifesaver when the evening gets busy. Enjoy!

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Directions

1. To make the cheesy turkey meatballs: In a large bowl, combine ground turkey and ground pork, egg, cheese, grated garlic, Italian seasoning, bouillon cube, red chili pepper flakes, chopped cilantro, and black pepper. Mix well with your hands or fork and form medium golf-sized balls. Arrange the turkey meatballs on a plate and set aside.

2. Wash and trim the ends of the asparagus, then blanch them in boiling water for 2 minutes then soak in ice water to stop the cooking asparagus. This way, they will cook asparagus faster and evenly in the skillet. You can skip this step if you have very thin asparagus. Drain and set aside.

3. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Cook the meatballs for 8 – 10 minutes on all sides until browned and cooked through. While cooking, baste the meatballs with a mix of butter and juices. Remove to a clean plate and set aside.

4. In the same skillet, melt the remaining tablespoon of butter; then add lemon juice, hot sauce, minced garlic, and red pepper flakes (if you want). Add the blanched asparagus and toss for 2 minutes to cook it up for 3 or 4 minutes, stirring regularly, until asparagus is done but still, crisp and the juices have reduced a bit. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper and garnish with more cilantro or parsley if you like.

5. Push asparagus on one side of the skillet add the turkey meatballs back to the pan and reheat for a minute or two. Garnish the turkey meatballs and asparagus with more parsley, crushed chili pepper, and lemon slices, and serve your cheesy meatballs and asparagus immediately. Enjoy!

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Tips for the turkey meatballs and asparagus recipe

  • Ground pork in this recipe allows the cheesy meatballs to be more juicy and tender. If you don’t eat pork, just double the amount of ground turkey, it’s delicious too!
  • Make sure to cook the meatballs over medium heat to avoid burning them while still raw on the inside.
  • This recipe is also perfect for a meal prep lunch the next day. Check this meatball meal prep recipe for a variant with chicken.
  • If you use thin asparagus, you may skip blanching.

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  • shirley@prettycreek.com

    2024-02-10 04:07:48

    This was absolutely delicious! Sent husband to store to buy cat food. He came home with fresh asparagus and uncooked meatballs (1 dozen... pork... fresh, not frozen). I'm doing keto and I like to cook asparagus right away instead of letting it languish in fridge. Went in search of a recipe that I could use for both and found THIS!!! I used Sweet Ginger Chili Sauce instead of Sriracha... and ground garlic because those were all I had. Store bought meatballs were cheese/pork... perfect! OMG.... absolutely delicious! Hubby actually went BACK to the store and bought 3 more packages of those meatballs. I think that means this recipe is a definite repeat! Thank you sooo much!

  • Mads

    2024-02-02 01:05:02

    Tasted great. I used 1 pound of just turkey bc I don’t like pork. It took wayyy longer for the meat to reach 165° internal temp. I ended up throwing them in the oven to finish so they didn’t burn . Definitely suggest always checking with a thermometer. Will be making this again ! Ty

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