Turkey Zucchini Meatballs with Lemony Yogurt Sauce

  Turkey Zucchini Meatballs with Lemony Yogurt Sauce   Healthy, delicious turkey meatballs from chef Yotam Ottolenghi  Author: Panning The Globe, adapted from cookbook entitled Jerusalem   Recipe type: Appetizer or Main Course  Cuisine: Israeli  Serves: 6-8        Ingredients   Yogurt Sauce   ½ cup sour cream *  ⅔ cup lowfat plain Greek Yogurt  1 tablespoon lemon juice  1 small garlic clove, pressed or finely minced  1½ tablespoons olive oil  1 tablespoon sumac  ½ teaspoon salt  ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper   Meatballs   1 pound ground turkey (white or dark meat)  1 large egg  1 large zucchini, grated  6 scallions, sliced thin  2 tablespoons chopped mint leaves  2 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves  2 large cloves garlic, pressed or finely minced  1 teaspoon ground cumin  1 teaspoon salt  ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper  ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper  Vegetable oil for sautéing  * For a lower fat sauce you can swap out the sour cream for low fat yogurt. The taste is a bit more tart but still delicious.  Instructions   Make the Sauce  Combine all ingredients. Set aside or refrigerate for up to 3 days, until needed.   Meatballs  Preheat oven to 425F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl combine turkey, zucchini, scallions, egg, mint, cilantro, garlic and spices. Using your hands, shape the meatballs (about 2½ tablespoons per ball) by gently squeezing them and tossing them from hand to hand. Set formed meatballs on a large plate. (makes about 18)  Heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Slice half the meatballs into the pan and brown them on all sides, about 4 minutes. Carefully transfer them to the baking sheet. Repeat with the rest of the meatballs, adding extra oil to the pan, if needed. Slide the tray into the center of the oven and cook for 6-7 minutes, until cooked through. Serve with lemony yogurt sauce.

Turkey Zucchini Meatballs with Lemony Yogurt Sauce

Healthy, delicious turkey meatballs from chef Yotam Ottolenghi

Author: Panning The Globe, adapted from cookbook entitled Jerusalem 

Recipe type: Appetizer or Main Course

Cuisine: Israeli

Serves: 6-8

 

 

Ingredients

Yogurt Sauce

½ cup sour cream *

⅔ cup lowfat plain Greek Yogurt

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 small garlic clove, pressed or finely minced

1½ tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon sumac

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Meatballs

1 pound ground turkey (white or dark meat)

1 large egg

1 large zucchini, grated

6 scallions, sliced thin

2 tablespoons chopped mint leaves

2 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves

2 large cloves garlic, pressed or finely minced

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Vegetable oil for sautéing

* For a lower fat sauce you can swap out the sour cream for low fat yogurt. The taste is a bit more tart but still delicious.

Instructions

Make the Sauce Combine all ingredients. Set aside or refrigerate for up to 3 days, until needed.

Meatballs Preheat oven to 425F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl combine turkey, zucchini, scallions, egg, mint, cilantro, garlic and spices. Using your hands, shape the meatballs (about 2½ tablespoons per ball) by gently squeezing them and tossing them from hand to hand. Set formed meatballs on a large plate. (makes about 18)

Heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Slice half the meatballs into the pan and brown them on all sides, about 4 minutes. Carefully transfer them to the baking sheet. Repeat with the rest of the meatballs, adding extra oil to the pan, if needed. Slide the tray into the center of the oven and cook for 6-7 minutes, until cooked through. Serve with lemony yogurt sauce.

I love recipes with organic lean ground turkey, its a staple in our house! The Mediterranean diet is one of the bests in all the world. The flavors in this recipe are fabulous, try it over the weekend and maybe have the leftovers for your lunch early next week.

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