Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Sweet Spicy Turkey Meat Ball

So I bought turkey loaf when I got my Friday groceries and thought I would make turkey balls and divide them up and freeze several baggies.  They make a quick lunch I can nuke and have with a salad.  I usually don't buy ground turkey because it lacks flavor, but this is really sweet and spicy.  I’ll share them with you.

Spicy Glaze:

1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. onion powder
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 dashes hot sauce (I use Louisiana Hot Sauce)
2/3 cup water

Turkey Meatballs:

1 egg
2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, chopped or 1 tbs. dried parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dried sage or ½ teaspoon fresh sage
½ tsp garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1 pound ground turkey


In a saucepan combine the Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, onion, sugar, hot sauce and water. Bring all to a boil, stirring.  Cook until it thickens a bit.  It will also thicken more in the oven.

Turkey Meat Balls:

In a large bowl, combine ingredients; blend just until mixed. Shape into 1 inch balls; place in a single layer in a greased 15 x 10 baking pan.  Spoon the glaze over the turkey balls. Cover and bake at 350° for 15 to 20 minutes. Uncover and bake 15 to 20 minutes more or until the turkey balls are just beginning to brown. Recoating the meatballs with the glaze.  Makes about 18 meat balls.

This is another recipe that you can make for those football games.   The turkey has really been goosed up with flavor. Stick tooth picks in them and serve them on a platter for appetizers or you can serve them with a meal.   It would be nice with a nice macaroni and cheese casserole. 

Variation:  You may also use ham loaf instead of turkey.  I really like the ham balls, but the turkey is more economical.  Leave out the sage and the lemon juice and add a small can of crushed pineapple to the glaze.

Another variation would be to add some grape jelly to the glaze like the old beef meat balls with grape jelly recipe.  

Double the recipe, bake fully and keep half to freeze to nuke for game day.  Just put in the microwave for 4 to 5 minutes.

Tomorrow I'm sharing a wilted spinach salad with hot bacon dressing and pomegranate seeds.   

Be happy and may God bless you and yours.

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