Recipe: Turkey Meatball & Veg Tray Bake


This meal takes very little effort for loads of flavour. All you need to do is peel some veg, make gorgeous homemade turkey meatballs and while that's all cooking whip up a fantastic ranch dressing. Less than an hour start to finish!


  • 1 small onion
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • 1 handful stale breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 2 dollops mayonnaise
  • 2 dollops natural yoghurt
  • 1 splash milk
  • 2 sprigs fresh dill
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp celery salt
  • 1 squeeze lemon juice
  • 2 red onions
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 parsnips
  • 3 beetroots
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 shot oil
  • 450 g turkey mince

Step 1

Preheat The Oven

preheat the oven to 190°C.

Step 2

Prepare The Veg

peel the onions, carrots, parsnips and beetroot, then quarter the onions placing them into a roasting tray. cut the carrot, parsnips and beetroot into roughly equal finger-sized batons (but without wastage) and add to the tray with the onions.

Step 3

Roast The Veg

crush the cloves of garlic and toss into the veg with a shot of oil, the leaves from the thyme and a pinch of salt and pepper. place in to the oven to roast for 20 minutes as a head start.

Step 4

Make The Meatball Mix

mix the turkey mince, sage, paprika, blitzed or finely diced onion, breadcrumbs and egg together with a generous pinch of salt and pepper. roll and shape the mixture into lots of walnut-sized meatballs.

Step 5

Cook The Meatballs

lay the meatballs on top of the half roasted veg and return the tray to the oven for another 20 minutes.

Step 6

Make The Dressing

chop the dill as finely as possible and whisk together with the mayonnaise, yoghurt, milk, mustard, celery salt, lemon juice and a pinch of black pepper.

Step 7

Finish And Tuck In!

serve the tray bake straight to the table when you’re satisfied the veg and meatballs are cooked through… 40 minutes is usually plenty. drizzle with the ranch dressing and a few extra sprigs of dill if you have them, then tuck in. serves 4

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