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I have a great recipe for mini meatballs (baked, not fried) but would like to make them with ground turkey instead of beef. Do I have to make any adjustments to the recipe?

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  1. yes. ground turkey is too dry. you will need to do something to add moisture..maybe use dark meat of the turkey instead of the light? if not you may want to use some water vegtables
    onion, greenpepper, celery.

    1. Add a couple tablespoons worth of oil (less than a quarter cup for sure) to give the extra fat. Or extra veggies, but then you might need another egg to up the binding since veggies don't "stick" like proteins.

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      1. re: autumm

        Yes, you need the added fat. Also check when cooking, they may cook thru faster than the beef

        Or, if your point is to make them low fat braise them in something like tomato sauce

        1. re: magiesmom

          ? really I would think they would absorb mositure

          1. re: girloftheworld

            think of how much liquid they give off when you saute them...

        2. Although I have never made turkey poultryballs, do you think you have adjust the cooking time and temperature?

          1. If you use ground dark Meat Turkey it is very close to the same fat content as regular round Beef 80/20 and you need make no adjustments.