We love these Cajun Turkey Meatballs. Meatballs are a versatile dish. A humble ball of ground meat can be a vehicle for any flavours you like. All you need are seasonings and/or sauces for them to become whatever you like. Like chicken wings, meatballs are a perfect party snack. At a party or on an appetizer tray, they disappear fast. Attesting to the popularity of little balls of cooked meat.
Who Invented the Meatball?
Although we think of the meatball as an Italian invention, you can find them in the cuisines of nearly all cultures. Nobody really knows the true origin of the meatball, but here's an interesting read about it: History of the Meatball.
Healthier Meatball Party Snacks
These baked turkey meatballs are healthier than chicken wings because not only do you bake them with no added fat, but lean ground turkey is lower in fat and calories than chicken wings. They aren't as messy as wings and there are no bones to deal with.
We love meatballs. And mild-tasting turkey meatballs are a favourite because they're even better when baked in the oven instead of fried. These Cajun turkey meatballs are easy to make ahead of time to reheat before your party, and they taste great cold, too.
Can I Freeze These?
Cooked meatballs also freeze well. I like to cook a big batch, freezing half for another time. Although these turkey meatballs are Cajun seasoned, unseasoned meatballs can be tossed in any sauce, like chicken wings. How about meatball night, instead of wing night? I think that could be a thing.
I used my own easy Cajun Seasoning Mix recipe, but you can use a packaged Cajun seasoning mix, too. My Cajun seasoning mix is pretty mild, so it won't be overkill when you toss the meatballs in the hot sauce at the end. They do, however, have some heat (they are Cajun, right?), so it's nice to serve them with a cooling ranch dip.
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Cajun Turkey Meatballs
- 1 pound lean ground turkey
- 1 egg
- ½ cup panko bread crumbs
- 1 small onion diced, about ½ cup
- 2 tsp Cajun seasoning mix
- ¼ cup Louisiana style hot sauce
- 3 tbsp Italian flat leaf parsley chopped
- Preheat oven to 400° Line a baking sheet with parchment
- In a medium bowl, mix ground turkey, egg, bread crumbs, onion, and seasoning
- Form turkey mixture into balls, about 16 balls
- Spread meatballs on the baking sheet without crowding
- Bake 30 minutes, turning halfway through
- Remove from oven and in a bowl, toss meatballs with hot sauce until coated
- Arrange on a serving dish and garnish with parsley
- Serve with ranch dressing for dipping