Growing up Italian, I’ve had my share of mama’s meatballs! They are scrumptious! I still love them til this day, especially when my mom brings them over already made, with extra sauce and all! My meatballs are definitely different then my mother’s. They are sweet and tangy, and not a typical red sauced Italian style meatball. I lightly fry in olive oil to seal in flavor like my mother, but at times I slow cook mine in a crock pot instead of on the stove top. My recipe goes well with a side of rice, noodles or some wholesome veggies. Here is how I make my sweet and tangy turkey meatballs!
1 1/4 pound ground turkey, I used Jennie-O
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup breadcrumbs, seasoned
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons barbeque sauce, I love Sweet Baby Rays ( plus 1/2 cup more for crockpot)
2 tablespoons apricot preserves (again, 1/2 cup more for the crockpot)
1/4 teaspoon salt
dash of pepper
olive oil for frying
1 cup chicken stock
In a large mixing bowl add your turkey, egg, onion, breadcrumbs, parmesan, barbeque sauce, apricot preserves, salt, and pepper. Mix well and shape into mini meatballs. For my 1 1/4 pounds of turkey I got 33 meatballs. I used a tablespoon measure to make them even. You can make them whatever size you like, big, small, extra large! Make ’em your own. Just know that the bigger the meatball the longer cooking time.
After they were measured out, my 33 little tangy meatballs went straight into my non stick pan with a little olive oil. Cook on medium low until browned on all sides. You do not need to cook them through. Next, in your crock pot add 1/2 cup barbeque sauce, 1/2 cup apricot preserves and a little chicken stock to loosen it up a bit. I used 1 cup. Add your meatballs, and cook on low for at least 2 hours. You can cook them longer too. Mine were minis so they cooked pretty fast. Check on them, give them a shake, stir them around. If you need more sauce just add it. You may also add more sauce to a serving bowl and serve them that way. Make some rice on the side for a quick meal, or serve as party appetizers with tooth picks at your next event! Enjoy!
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