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Baked Turkey Pistachio Meatballs with Parsley Cilantro Salsa

Baked Turkey Pistachio Meatballs with Parsley Cilantro Salsa.

Gluten Free

Dairy Free

Serves 6

Keeps for 3-4 days in the fridge

These delicious little bite sized meatballs pack a fun punch! Meaty, but, with just enough of the other ingredients to add a nutty flavor and crispy texture. And, healthy enough that you won't feel guilty for indulging yourself!

Perfect party food, snack food, or to keep on hand in the fridge when you want a quick bite. Makes about 16 - 20 meatballs, depending on how you size them.

What You'll Need

For the meatballs

1/2 cup of finely chopped parsley and cilantro

3 garlic cloves, grated

1 lb ground turkey, dark meat

1/2 cup chopped pistachios

3/4 cup panko, gluten free if possible

1 large egg

1 Tbsp olive oil


Salt and pepper to taste

For the salsa

1/2 cup of finely chopped parsley and cilantro

1/3 cup of olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste


For the meatballs

* Preheat oven to 400°.

* Find a small and a medium mixing bowl.

* Finely chop some Italian parsley and cilantro and split into 2 - 1/2 cup portions. Place each 1/2 up serving into each bowl.

* Grate 2 garlic cloves into the medium bowl and one into the smaller bowl.

* Place pistachios into a food processor and pulsate a few times until the pistachios are chopped up but not too finely. I like to keep a few larger pieces of the nuts in the mix. Pour nuts into medium bowl.

* Add egg, olive oil, spices, and panko into the medium bowl and stir.

* Add ground turkey to medium bowl and fold ingredients together. Don’t mix too well, keep the meat and the other ingredients slightly marbled.

* Lightly drizzle olive oil evenly across a baking sheet. Don’t spread, but leave it drizzled.

* Form meat mixture into 1.5 inch meatballs and place evenly onto the baking sheet.

* Bake for 8-10 minutes, and then turn meatballs. Be sure and cover each one with some of the olive oil. You may need to add more.

* Remove from oven and place onto a serving dish.

For the salsa

* Add olive oil and salt and pepper to the smaller bowl and stir well.

* Spoon over the top of each meatball.

Serve hot and enjoy!

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