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apple turkey meatballs

(3 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Susie Price
Bartlett, TN

Apple + turkey with sticky sauce. Yum! These are great to make in bulk on a Sunday afternoon. Then you just grab throughout the week for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Meatballs are always popular and this puts a fall twist on them. They're unique because apples and Dijon mustard are added to the ground turkey. After being baked, the meatballs remain nice and moist. Then they're coated with a light balsamic glaze that gives the turkey meatballs an amazing sweet and tangy flavor, These make a great appetizer or main dish (serve over long-grain rice).

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(3 ratings)
yield 4 or 2 very hungry men in my family :)
prep time 10 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For apple turkey meatballs

  • 1 c
    Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 c
    Parmesan cheese
  • 1
    egg, slightly beaten
  • 1
    apples, Granny Smith or Fuji, diced small
  • 1 Tbsp
    Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp
    parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1 lb
    ground turkey
  • 1/2 c
    onion, sauteed
  • 1 c
    apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 c
    maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp
    balsamic vinegar

How To Make apple turkey meatballs

  • Dicing onions and apple.
    Preheat oven to 350. Dice onion and apple.
  • Sauteeing the onions.
    Sauté onion in a small amount of oil till semi-transparent.
  • Onions, diced apple, and remaining meatball ingredients in a bowl.
    In a large bowl, mix the onions and diced apple with the remaining meatball ingredients.
  • Turkey formed into meatballs.
    Form into meatballs using an ice cream scoop with swing lever (makes the perfect size). Place meatballs about 1 inch apart on a large oiled baking pan or cookie sheet.
  • Apple turkey meatballs baking in the oven.
    Cook in a 350 F oven for 20-30 min, checking often not to overcook as these will go into the skillet with the sauce for about 5-8 more minutes of cooking.
  • Sauce boiling on the stovetop.
    Combine sauce ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat.
  • Sauce simmering in a pot.
    Simmer, uncovered for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Look out! the vinegar is pungent!
  • Meatballs placed in a skillet.
    Place meatballs into large skillet.
  • Pouring sauce over the turkey meatballs.
    Add sauce.
  • Turkey meatballs simmering in the sauce.
    Cook over low heat for 5-8 min. Stir only enough to coat the meatballs or they will want to fall apart. Can just skip this step and use it as a dipping sauce... but they are so good like this!