SWEET & SPICY TURKEY MEATBALLS

Sweet & Spicy Turkey Meatballs

Appetizers | July 20, 2017 | By

I think for most of us while grocery shopping, we spend more money on protein than anything else. When I lived in Northern Virginia, there was a fabulous butcher that had the most amazing seafood, steaks, pork, you name it- they had it.  And it was about 1/3 of the cost of the big name grocery stores. Now that I have recently moved, I am in search again of such a place.

In the meantime, I have a method to finding deals and I’ve been pretty lucky.  Ok, it’s not really a method so much is that I go to the store almost daily.  Two of my local stores deeply discount chicken, pork and red meat items during the week. I recently bought 1lb of angus beef kabobs normally priced at $10.98 for $.99.  Yes, you read that correctly.  I bought all that they had and froze it. (I may need to look into getting a deep freezer).

Last week I found 1lb packages of ground turkey normally $4.98 each marked down to $.99 each.  I bought quite a few and froze them. Typically I’ll just brown the meat and throw it in with some sauce and spaghetti squash.  I wanted to try something different and make an appetizer- specifically a turkey meatball.  This is somewhat ironic because after being in the hospitality industry for quite some time, I came to loathe the cocktail meatball.

You see, I’ve planned thousands of events and hundreds of weddings and I could never understand why someone wanted to butler-pass a messy meatball.  As much as I discouraged it, some prevailed.  They wanted that meatball, on a platter.  I’m sure some liked the price point as well.  It’s something that most people like to eat, it’s somewhat filling, you can control the quantity, and it’s cheap. Fair enough.

Now I strongly recommend serving your cocktail meatballs in a chaffing dish or small crockpot- they hold up pretty well and of course, stay warm.  I like to be a little fancy sometimes so I have made here for you,  Sweet & Spicy Turkey Meatballs.  Beware, it is messy but so delicious. Next time I’ll spruce it up with a fancy cocktail pic.  In the meantime, enjoy fresh out of the oven on a platter.  For those that also like to be a little fancy, you can find some amazingly beautiful platters that are heated.  They look like a piece of marble, stone, bamboo, stainless steel- but they are heated and very aesthetic.  If you entertain frequently, it might be a good investment.

So here’s a tribute to all of the events I’ve planned over the years that wanted that messy meatball on a platter.  I hope you enjoy my Sweet & Spicy Turkey Meatballs as much as I do.

Sweet & Spicy Turkey Meatballs

Sweet & Spicy Turkey Meatballs
 
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Serve this tasty, inexpensive and easy- to- make, Sweet & Spicy Turkey Meatball at your next party!
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • MEATBALLS:
  • • 2lbs ground turkey
  • • 2 eggs
  • • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • • ¼ sweet Vidalia onion, minced
  • • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • SWEET & SPICY SAUCE:
  • • ½ cup Frank’s hot sauce
  • • ¾ cup raw honey
  • • 2 tablespoon coconut aminos
  • • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • • ¼-½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Line two sheet pans with silicon pads or parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients for the meatballs (best to use hands). Shape the mixture into 2’ round meatballs and place on baking sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes until fully cooked. Remove from oven and set aside.
  4. While meatballs are cooking, prepare sauce by combining all sauce ingredients in a saucepan over medium high heat. Bring to a boil. Let simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow the sauce to cool and thicken.
  5. Using tongs, dip each individual meatball into the sauce and place back on the baking sheet and bake for an additional 1-2 minutes. Remove from oven and place on a platter or warming plate with a bamboo toothpick in each one or place on in a crockpot for serving.
Notes
1. Can substitute ground chicken for turkey
2. Sauce can be made ahead and reheated

 

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