These parmesan keto turkey meatballs have just the right amount of spice and savory flavors. Making these the perfect option for an easy low carb dinner. No breadcrumbs required!
I have a hate, love relationship with ground turkey. Now, I do love turkey when done right. Considering it is very easy to cook a dry turkey. I can see myself reaching for the water now!
I absolutely love what the parmesan cheese does for these. The cheese brings that tang, the richness parmesan is known for. To think of it some parmesan crisps would have been lovely in these to sub for breadcrumbs.
So, keto turkey meatballs by themselves aren’t all that special. Even with the spices, the keto meatballs plain weren’t all that special to me. Yes, I seasoned them well but as I said, me and ground turkey get along here and there.
These keto meatballs have to have some fat in them! After all, the keto diet is high fat. Which makes out food so tasty. Turkey on the other hand tends to be a lean meat.
For the ground turkey I went with a 85/15 to get the most fat out of it. This was a wonderful choice because without the cheese sauce they still weren’t dry.
Are meatballs OK on keto?
Of course! When done right meatballs are a great option on the keto diet. They are small and easily weighed for your meal prep. The biggest concern would be the absence of breadcrumbs. Or what do you use in place of them?
For this recipe I didn’t use any breadcrumbs nor a substitute. The meatballs are small and held just fine even without eggs. Breadcrumbs have their place but not here.
Is turkey good for keto diet?
This is a hard one! Fattier meats are surely ideal not to mention tastier. Turkey is a lean meat but the fat can be added such as this parmesan sauce has cheese, butter and heavy cream in it. All which are good dairy options for the keto diet.
When done correctly or used as a tool turkey can work well. I am currently doing a cut and an option like turkey keeps my protein up and lowers the calories due to its lack of fat. So tracking my macros and counting my calories this sparked the idea for the recipe. Now when I meal prep for the week I have a delicious option.
Keto turkey meatballs and can surprisingly delicious when done correctly. In addition, I had these babies a day later and I can almost say they were better. The cheese had more time to marinate with the butter and heavy cream.
The selection of spices complimented the earthly flavor of the parsley. Second came the richness of the cheeses to bring the overall flavor to nothing short of amazing. I will be making these for a date soon!
Parmesan keto turkey meatballs
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 1 teaspoon White pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic
- 1 teaspoon parsely
- 3/4 cup Heavy cream
- 1/2 cup shredded parmean cheese
- 4 tablespoon butter
- 1 teaspoon Salt (half if using salted butter)
- 1 tablespoon oil for cooking
- combine ground turkey with salt, white pepper, garlic and parsley. Mix with clean hands or spoon
- Roll seasoned ground turkey into meatballs with the diameter of a quarter but thick enough to be considered a meatball. Not super tiny but not so thick they will have a hard time cooking through
- In a pan on medium/ high heat add oil if you desire and meatballs. Don't jumble up give them space to cook. Cook on both sides for about 2-3 minutes. They don't have to be done inside this step is for color.
- Remove meatballs and then adjust low heat to medium low heat. Add in heavy cream, butter, salt and parmesan cheese. Combine then add meatballs back in
- Allow to simmer. Let sauce begin to thicken and meatballs done. I liked them with a nice sprinkle of parmesan cheese across the tops.