Ritzy Meatballs



I’m always trying to improve turkey meatballs; I think I finally succeeded ~ thanks to ground chicken, fennel seed, and buttery garlic crackers.




Am I the only person who doesn’t like a lot of fillers in meatballs?  It seems they always end up mushy with a mealy consistency.  I like them drier ~ firm and meaty ~ no eggs, no milk, no breadcrumbs, and definitely no Parmesan cheese.  Just several crumbled crackers for binding and a plethora of seasonings.  





Serve these meatballs your favorite way ~ as an appetizer for dipping with blue cheese or ranch dressing, or for dinner as your main dish with pasta and sauce or mashed potatoes and a little gravy.

These chicken turkey meatballs are a real winner:  cheap, nutritious, low in fat and tasty!


Ritzy Chicken-Turkey Meatballs

Ingredients:

1 pound ground chicken
1 pound ground turkey
1 medium onion, chopped
12 Ritz Garlic Butter Crackers, crushed
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon fennel seed, ground
½ teaspoon dried basil
½ teaspoon dried oregano
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon seasoned pepper
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
Form into meatballs.
Place on baking sheet.
Bake for approximately 20 minutes until golden brown.
Makes about 20 meatballs.


Serve your way…




ENJOY!





Comments

  1. I have never seen the Ritz garlic crackers..as a child..Ritz were my faves even w/ peanut butter:)

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  2. Monique, they're great! They're in all grocery stores here so I hope you can find them by you and try them!

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  3. Sounds like a winner Pam - fennel seed is so creative and the garlic crackers brilliant! Hope you have a good spring day soon :) Love that Chicago pizza

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    1. Thanks, Tricia! Yes, Chicago pizza is the best!!

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  4. I have never made meat balls!! Not too late though I guess but garlic crackers my be a bit difficult! Keep well Diane

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    1. Hope you give meatballs a try, Diane!

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  5. hi pam , his is another winner. Love most foods with garlic , these are a must make . thanks for sharing . :)

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  6. You're not the only one. I don't put fillers in mine either. But my mom
    said that back in the day, they did to make them stretch and feed more
    hungry bellies.

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    1. Ivy, yes they're good for that!

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    2. I was thinking about your salt and
      pepper idea for biscuits today. I'm
      all outta black pepper :-(

      When I get restocked, I'll let you
      know how my dairy-free ones
      turned out.

      Have a great weekend.

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  7. Now we're talking!! didn't think it was possible....so glad you put this on ~ yum!! It's a meatball kind of weekend for sure Pam!!

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    1. Thanks, girls! They're really good!

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  8. I was planning on stuffing meatballs with mozzarella for dinner this weekend. Now I'm hoping I have some Ritz in the pantry :)

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    1. They sound like good meatballs, Liz!

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  9. Pam, I like meatballs...but I never get them at home because my better half doesn't like them. I don't understand that since she does like meatloaf... In any case, I'm with you! The less filler in meatballs the better. Your recipe sounds great! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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    1. Thanks, Dave! Meatballs are a hit here any time!

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  10. Yay, another meatball recipe. Can't wait for Louise's meatball extravaganza. These sound really delicious. The ones from Ottolenghi's cookbook that I blogged the other day were also without egg or filler, just herbs, onions, pine nuts.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Mae, yes. These are good and I'm all ready for Louise's post in March. Yours are great too, and I like the pine nut addition!

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  11. Look amazing Pam!! Im sure ny son would love these. He loves meatballs!
    xo

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    1. Thanks, Gloria! Good for him! :-)

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  12. These sound different and fun,Pam!

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  13. These sound different and fun,Pam!

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  14. I bet that the fennel gives them a great taste~
    Hope that you are staying warm pam!

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    1. Leslie, it does! Have a good weekend!

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  15. I haven't tied meatballs with blue cheese dipping sauce..sounds really good! :)

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    1. The cheese is great for meatballs, Medeja!

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  16. Nice meatballs, Pam. I like the idea of fennel in them.

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    1. Thanks, Barbara! It adds good taste to them.

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  17. What a comforting dish Pam. I'm not much for fillers either, but looks like you achieved just the right amount of balance.
    Sam

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    1. Thanks, Sam! We don't eat meatballs often, but these are the ones when we do!

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  18. I did not know that there was such a thing as the Ritz garlic butter crackers. I will be looking for these. My hubby loves meatballs and I will be using this recipe soon...Have a good day, Pam... I know that you all are having lots of ice and snow..stay warm and safe.

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  19. I don't like mushy meatballs either, Pam. Yours look delicious and I especially like that you used garlic butter Ritz. This is what I call good comfort food.

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  20. Dear Pam,
    Your Ritzy Meatballs look yummy for sure. I tend to use turkey meat as well for my meatballs. My whole family is coming this Sunday to celebrate my dad's birthday. I am making the meatballs, but for the family I use beef and pork. I love that you are using the garlic ritz crackers instead of breadcrumbs. What an interesting choice. Must try this recipe sometime. Must be really good. Thanks for sharing, Have a wonderful weekend...Keep warm and safe..
    Dottie :)

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  21. Love these meatballs. I like the use of poultry for the meat an d the use of crackers. Thanks for sharing:)

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  22. These meatballs look terrific. I have never heard of using crackers to bind them before, but it sounds like a great idea.

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  23. Like your play on words…Ritzy indeed. Your meatballs sound terrific.

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  24. I love homemade meatballs and also like ones that aren't full of a lot of fillers. The garlic Ritz sound great in them!

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  25. I've never tried the garlic Ritz, but these meatballs sound like a good reason to find them! I love that there isn't much filler. :)

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  26. Simply damn delicious ritz meatball!!!
    i think i'm gonna use the cheese flavour ritz biscuits intead the garlic butter
    Dedy@Dentist Chef

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  27. I love the idea of using ground chicken and turkey for meatballs. I don't know why I've never thought of doing it!

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  28. you can't go wrong with ritz crackers and that's a proven fact!

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  29. Hi Pam,
    I was going to wait until Meatball Day to let you know how cool these meatballs are. However, as I was getting the "poster" ready, I just had to come by and take another look and saw all these positive comments. Yes indeed, these are some crazy yummy sounding meatballs, Pam. Thanks for sharing, and thanks for "playing."

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    1. HI Pam!
      Thanks again for joining us for Meatball Day!

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