Slow Cooker Turkey & Pork Meatballs w/Orange Sauce

Angela McClure

By
@angemcc

I accidentally added cilantro to a very similar meatball recipe and enjoyed it so much, I added cilantro to this recipe. Was a HIT!!


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Serves:

5

Prep:

1 Hr

Cook:

6 Hr

Ingredients

1 1/2 lb
lean ground turkey
1 lb
lean ground pork
1 1/2 Tbsp
no-salt seasoning blend containing garlic, onion, spices, parsley, etc.
1/2 tsp
salt and pepper
1/2 tsp
cayenne pepper

SAUCE:

2 c
jarred orange marmalade
1 c
orange juice
1/4 c
brown sugar
1/4 c
diced sweet onion
2 Tbsp
diced cilantro leaves
2 Tbsp
diced chili peppers in adobo sauce, plus 1 tablespoon sauce
zest from one orange
3
pieces cooked bacon, diced
1 Tbsp
diced basil leaves
1/4 tsp
hot sauce
1/4 tsp
sea salt
1/4 tsp
ground black pepper

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Spray interior of slow cooker thoroughly with nonstick cooking spray.
2
Prepare meatballs. In a large bowl and with hands, mix together all meatball ingredients. Roll into balls 1-inch or 1 1/2-inches in diameter. Drop onto a baking dish lined with waxed paper. Cover with aluminum foil and set in refrigerator at least 30 minutes.
3
Mix together sauce ingredients in a medium bowl. Set aside.
4
Place meatballs in slow cooker, stacking them one on another. Pour sauce over meatballs.
5
Place the lid on top of the slow cooker and allow the meatballs to cook for 6 to 8 hours. Meatballs are ready when the internal temperature of each one has reached 165 degrees Fahrenheit, determined by a meat thermometer. Basting, if desired during cooking time (careful not to let heat out from slow cooker)
6
Serve warm either on small appetizer plates or with toothpicks for guests to pick meatballs out from the slow cooker.