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These Turkey, Lemon and Feta Meatballs are a high protein meal or snack and a tasty way to ‘hide’ extra nourishment in the form of vegetables. This is one very versatile recipe that you can make into meatballs, sausage rolls or hamburgers! They can be frozen, pre-prepared and are great for parties and school lunch boxes also.

 

GF (option)

Serves 4-6

 

Ingredients

500g turkey mince (you can substitute chicken mince)
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 small red onion, finely diced
2 tbsp finely diced fresh mint or parsley leaves
1 small carrot, finely grated
1 small zucchini, finely grated
1 egg, lightly beaten
Zest one lemon
¼ cup fresh breadcrumbs (whole grain or gluten-free)
100g feta cheese, crumbled or cubed
Salt & pepper to taste

Method

  1. In a large mixing bowl or food processor, simply mix all of the ingredients together until they are combined well.
  2. Then choose your preferred dish  from the options below.
  3. Sometimes, I’ll use half of the mix for sausage rolls and the other half, is made into meatballs for the next day’s lunch boxes.

 

Mini Meatballs

  • Preheat your oven to 18o℃.
  • With damp hands, roll small balls and place on a baking tray lined with baking paper.
  • Bake for 20-30 mins or until cooked through and browning on top. Serve warm or cold.
  • I love these for the kids’ lunch box; either with a salad or  vegetable sticks or as a wrap or fresh spring roll filler.
  • Alternatively, you could add a lovely tomato puree and serve over pasta – spaghetti and meatballs!

 

turkey-lemon-feta-suasage-rolls-3Sausage Rolls

  • Preheat your oven to 18o℃.
  • Beat an egg in a cup with a tablespoon of milk.
  • Take a sheet of all-butter puff or short crust pastry and cut it in half (or better still make your own pastry).
  • Place the mince mixture along the centre of each half.  Brush one edge of the pastry with the egg wash and fold the pastry over the mince.
  • Place on a baking tray (seam side down).   Top with a little more egg wash and sprinkle over sesame seeds.
  • Cut into approximately 5cm long rolls and bake for 20 mins or until the pastry is golden brown.  Serve warm.
  • Perfect party food or for a picnic or weekend lunch.

 

Baby Burgers

  • With damp hands, roll small balls and place on a baking tray lined with baking paper, then flatten with the back of a fork.
  • Place on a preheated BBQ or grill pan to cook.
  • Serve in little dinner rolls with the salad and sauce of your choice.  They can be held together by running a toothpick through the centre if need be.
  • For a grain free option, serve in lettuce cups, san chou bow style.
  • These make a delicious, healthy party food or a fast weekend lunch.

 

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