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Easy Awesome Beer Turkey Meatballs

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Bite sized turkey meatballs are glazed with a beer and butter sauce and explode with flavor in your mouth.


  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 cup (100 g) panko breadcrumbs
  • 4 tbsp (22 g) grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 medium-small steamed floury potato (such as Russet), peeled and chopped
  • 1 tbsp (3 g) fresh parsley leaves, finely minced (plus more for serving, optional)
  • 10 1/2 oz. (300 g) ground turkey meat
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 3 tbsp (23 g) all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp (45 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 shallot, finely sliced
  • 5 fl. oz. (150 ml) good -quality blonde beer


  1. In a large bowl, combine the egg, panko breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, potato and parsley. Add the ground turkey and season generously with sea salt and black pepper. Mix gently, but thoroughly, with your hands to combine all the ingredients.
  2. Take a small piece of meat mixture and gently roll it between your hands to form 1-inch (2 1/2 cm) meatballs (about 1 full tablespoon [15 g] each).
  3. Place the flour into a shallow dish. Roll the meatball gently in the flour until lightly covered and arrange it on a baking tray. Repeat the process until all the meat mixture is used.
  4. Heat the extra-virgin olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the shallot and cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Add the meatballs and leave them undisturbed until they are brown on one side. Shake the pan to loosen the meatballs, then turn each one with tongs to brown on the other side. Keep turning with tongs until they are completely and evenly browned.
  5. Pour the beer into the pan and cook over high heat for 2 minutes. Cover the pan with a lid and continue to cook for 5 minutes, or until the sauce is reduced to your desired consistency.
  6. Top with extra parsley and black pepper if desired.


Reprinted with permission from 20-Minute Italian by Andrea Soranidis

Page Street Publishing Co. 2019

Photo credit: Andrea Soranidis

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: entree
  • Method: saute
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
  • Calories: 506
  • Sugar: 2 g
  • Sodium: 538 mg
  • Fat: 26 g
  • Saturated Fat: 7 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 34 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 33 g
  • Cholesterol: 132 mg