High fives for being able to finally cook in my new kitchen! I have not yet had my back splash installed but that isn't stopping me. I've waited patiently enough don't you think? At the end of this month we will be greeted by Thanksgiving and Chanuka both and I always like to offer my seasonal and holiday dishes. I normally plan it all weeks in advance but this time was different with no real time frame on when I'd actually be able to cook in an oven (instead of pulling things out of the freezer to pop in the microwave and toaster.) These meatballs are of some of the first real dishes to be produced in my new kitchen and they were incredible! I love mini foods as you may know already because they make perfect appetizers or party food.
If you plan on having a Thanksgiving gathering and don't necessarily want to cook an entire turkey, these would be a very good option. They can easily be made in advance too. There will be a turkey in my home this year some time during Chanuka perhaps. I haven't decided on a sauce or stuffing yet but I'll get there soon I'm sure. I think alot of people are intimidated since it can end up really dry if not looked after ( I've had a good amount of turkey recipes go dry on me ). I shared a recipe for a whole turkey last year. I worried over it to no end but it turned out so moist and perfect. There were step by step photos and instructions too, if your interested go check that out here. These mini turkey meatballs with cranberry tomato sauce were flavorful with a great texture. I used lean ground turkey and baked the meatballs for a healthier alternative. It's worth adding that I used white meat (the only choice available where I shopped) for this dish even though I prefer dark meat which is less dry when cooked. At the same time, the recipe is pretty basic and you can easily alter it to your taste if you'd like. I served them over some couscous, spaghetti would be great too and for easy entertaining I'd lay them out with toothpicks on a serving tray. The possibilities are endless!
Mini Turkey Meatballs with Cranberry Tomato Sauce
Servings: about 24 Mini Meatballs
1 lb. Lean Ground White Turkey Meat
1 Medium Onion, Chopped Small
1 Tablespoon Fresh Garlic, Chopped Very Small
1/4 Cup of Flavored Panko (I used Mexican since it's what I had)
Salt & Pepper to Taste
Cranberry Tomato Sauce:
1 15 Oz. Can Tomato Sauce
1 16 Oz. Can Pre-made Cranberry Sauce (or homemade)
1/4 Cup Chicken Stock
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
1/2 Tsp. Allspice
Salt and Pepper to Taste
1. Combine the turkey meat, chopped onion, chopped garlic, egg, panko, salt and pepper in a large mixing bowl. Mix well using your hands if you need to get it all evenly put together.
2. Preheat the oven to 350.
3. Lay a piece of parchment paper out on a baking pan or cookie sheet. Pick up two pinches of the meat and roll it out into a ball. Lay each one out in a row evenly spaced. I was able to fit 12 on each sheet without crowding them. Try to ensure they are uniform in size as you are rolling them since they will appear nice that way.
4. Put them in the oven for 20-25 minutes, keeping an eye on them to be sure they don't overcook which could dry them out.
5. Put the tomato sauce, cranberry sauce, chicken stock, salt and pepper into a large pot on the stove top over a medium flame. Stir constantly to bring it all together. Bring it to a boil and then allow it to simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring every few minutes or so. Add the brown sugar and all spice and then cook for 2 more minutes before shutting the flame.
6. Remove the meatballs from the oven and serve them immediately while warm. Top each one with a spoonful of the tomato cranberry sauce or as much as you'd like. The sauce can be poured into a bowl and served along side them as well if preferred.
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