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Clean Eating Danish Meatballs

Clean Eating Danish Meatballs Recipe

These delicious meatballs are probably the best way I've ever served meatballs. Moist, delicious and just different enough to be completely memorable.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Danish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Yield 40 meatballs
Calories 35 kcal
Author The Gracious Pantry

Ingredients

  • MEATBALL INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 1/4 lb. ground turkey
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. dried onion
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs (either whole wheat Panko or see recipe link above for homemade)
  • 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 large egg
  • SAUCE INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour (affiliate link)
  • 2 cups chicken broth (or stock)
  • 1 tsp. salt (omit if you use prepared stock or broth)
  • 2 tsp. dried dill weed
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
US Customary - Metric

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

  2. If you want to have a grain with this dish, put on a pot of brown rice or some whole wheat noodles while you make this recipe.

  3. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.

  4. Place all the meatball ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix with your hands until well blended.

  5. Roll the meat blend into small (about 1 inch in diameter) balls and place on your cookie sheets. You can place them somewhat close together. They don't spread during baking. Just be sure there is some room between them so the heat can circulate well around them. On a standard cookie sheet, I got about 20.

  6. Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until they reach at least 170 degrees F. I baked mine a little longer just to get a nice golden "glow" to them.

  7. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly. (Enough so you don't burn yourself!)

  8. Once the meatballs are in the oven, move on to making the sauce. Both should finish about the same time.

  9. While the meatballs are in the oven, place your olive oil and flour in a medium-sized pot.

  10. Warm this mixture over medium-high heat. It will be "paste-like" at first. But then it'll get a little "crumbly".

  11. Once you have crumbs, slowly add your chicken stock/broth stirring vigorously with a whisk. The idea is to get the crumbs to dissolve into the broth. Once dissolved, add your salt (optional), dill and garlic. Allow the mixture to simmer slightly until it has thickened a bit.

  12. Once the sauce has thickened, remove the pot from the stove. Whisk in your yogurt, and the sauce is done!

  13. Combine the sauce and meatballs and you've got a fantastic meal!

Recipe Notes

Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition Facts
Clean Eating Danish Meatballs Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 meatball)
Calories 35
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 112mg 5%
Potassium 82mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 0.5%
Vitamin C 1.5%
Calcium 1.7%
Iron 2.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.