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Turkey Meatballs with Currants and Red Pistachios

This is a super easy recipe for a healthier homemade meatball.  It’s hearty, and has just a bit of a sweet taste to it with the currants.  They are also very versatile, and can be served with marinara, or other sauces, plain, or even on a sub sandwich with condiments of your choice.

Turkey Meatballs with Currants and Red Pistachios


1 lb ground turkey meat

2/3 cup of ground oats (regular oats, not steel cut)

2 Tbsp cup of chopped red pistachios (alternatives could be regular pistachios or pine nuts)

2 large garlic cloves, chopped

1/4 cup dried currants

2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro

1 tsp oregano

2 Tbsp parmesan cheese (optional)

Salt and pepper to taste


1). Mix all ingredients into a large bowl and knead together with your hands until all ingredients are evenly distributed.

2). Shape into 8 large meatballs or 12-16 smaller meatballs, depending on what size you prefer.

3). Using a skillet, cover bottom generously with olive oil (I like a lot, but, that’s up to you) and place meatballs inside.  It may be more than one batch.

4). Cook on medium to medium high heat, turning meatballs 2 or 3 times to insure all sides cook and they cook all the way through.  About 2-3 minutes on each side for smaller meatballs and a little longer on the larger ones.

5). Add whatever sauce you like and dig in!  I actually like to eat them plain, and they are good that way as well.


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