Barbecue Turkey Meatballs

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It makes me extremely happy that as much as Tom loves meat and isn't thrilled when I make meatless dishes, that I can use ground turkey, pork and chicken interchangeably with ground beef in practically any meal and he still enjoys it.

I am always on the lookout for ground turkey recipes and when I was adding in new recipes to my recipe binder, I found this one hidden away. I had completely forgotten about it but it's a simple recipe and I had all of the ingredients on hand so I added it to the menu right away.



Barbecue Turkey Meatballs
Source: Cooking Light, April 2013
Servings: 4
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Ingredients:
    • 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes with green chiles
    • 2 1/2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
    • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
    • 1 tsp. cumin
    • 1/4 tsp. paprika
    • 1/8 tsp. cloves
    • 1 1/4 lbs. lean ground turkey
    • 3 tbsp. Italian-seasoned bread crumbs
    • 1 tbsp. chili powder
Directions:
1. Combine the diced tomatoes through cloves together in a blender or food processor and mix until smooth.
2. In a large bowl, add turkey, bread crumbs and chili powder. Form into 16 evenly sized meatballs.
3. Spray a large skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes, making sure to brown them on all sides.
4. Pour the tomato mixture over the meatballs, bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat to medium low, cover and allow to cook for 6-7 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through.



Like Cooking Light suggested, I served this with some mashed potatoes to catch the sauce. I wasn't sure what Tom was going to think about this because he's very anti-vinegar but he was actually the one to mix up all of the ingredients and form the meatballs for me. He ended up really liking this meal and I did as well. For a quick weeknight dinner, this one sure was tasty. 

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