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Turkey and Ham Meatballs with Smoky Bean Purée

Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Keyword: canned beans, ground turkey, ham, Parmesan, parsley, Thanksgiving, turkey


Ingredients for the meatballs

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • ½ cup fully cooked smoked ham cut to small cubes
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 medium sized garlic clove pressed or finely chopped
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion
  • ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup bread crumbs I used whole wheat
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • a handful of parsley leaves finely chopped

Ingredients for the bean purée

  • 1 can withe beans + ¼ cup of the liquid 15.5 oz
  • 1 can red beans 15.5 oz, drained and rinsed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika

Other Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp cooking oil I use avocado oil
  • more Parmesan and chopped parsley for topping


To prepare the meatballs

  • Add all the ingredients for the meatballs in a deep bowl and mix well.
    Meatball ingrediens
  • Scoop about a tablespoon of the meat mixture and roll it between the palms of your hands to form a meatball. Repeat until you are out of mixture. I ended up with 23 small meatballs.
    meatballs on a plate
  • You can bake the meatballs at 450F for 10 minutes. If you decide to pan fry them add two tablespoons of cooking oil in a deep pan and cook for about a minute per side.
    cooking meatballs

To make the pure

  • Drain and rinse one can of white beans and one can of red beans. Save ¼ cup of the liquid in the can or use water. Add the beans, ¼ cup of the liquid from the can, smoked paprika and salt and pepper to taste. Blend until smooth. Transfer the purée in a casserole and heat it up on medium low heat for a few minutes before serving.

To assemble the dish

  • Add some of the bean purée in a plate then add three-four of the meatballs on top. Grate some fresh Parmesan on top and finish with some fresh parsley. Enjoy while it is warm.