Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Easy meatball Recipe: Cranberry and Cheesy Turkey Meatballs

One of my favorite recipe is meatball recipe. Simple, yum and versatile. Serve them as a gravy main course or just serve them solely as a nice appetizer. Today I am sharing an appetizer version of this recipe, if you feel like you can even put them in a gravy of your choice. I got this recipe from one of my friend on thanksgiving and I just tried to make this recipe in my own style and made few changes to make it more as an appetizer recipe.

You can simply serve this recipe with any dip recipe of your choice and I served them with cold vegetable dip. It tasted just awesome. In this recipe I used minced turkey you can also use chicken if you like. I also added Parmesan cheese in the middle which was a complete delight as it just gets melted in the mouth. You can exclude the cheese if you are a fitness freak but I would suggest to add it a little. Believe me it tastes just awesome.
The cranberry uplifts this recipe and add the perfect zing to this recipe. Anyways let’s jot down this recipe quickly –

This recipe serves up to 2-4 servings
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Chilling Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 20-25 minutes
Total: 55-60 minutes

Ingredients –
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries (unsweetened), coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • ½ tablespoon orange zest
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ tablespoon rubbed sage
  • 1 teaspoon of salt and ground black pepper (or taste)

Method –
  1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Cover a large, rimmed baking tray with parchment paper on it and set aside.
  2. Now in a bowl, mix baking soda and cream of tartar in water. In a large bowl, mix turkey, orange juice, garlic, cranberries, sage, orange zest, salt, and pepper. Mix well to combine, then add the baking soda mixture to the bowl, and mix again, expect cheese add all the ingredients. NOTE: For a smoother, tenderer texture, use a food processor or a standing mixer – fitted with the paddle attachment – to blend all the ingredient properly.
  3. Now put this mixture in a refrigerator to get cooled for 20 minutes. Now make small balls and put small quantity of cheese inside in each meatball.
  4. Bake these meatballs in the oven for 20-25 minutes at 400 degree F until it’s browned and sizzling. Serve hot with dipper, side dishes or anything you like.
Source: http://www.theclothesmakethegirl.com/2013/11/14/turkey-cranberry-meatballs/ 
I hope you will like this easy recipe. My family completely enjoyed it. You can even try this recipe for Christmas dinner and serve it as an appetizer. Bon appetit.

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