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slow cooker turkey & pork meatballs w/orange sauce

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a recipe by
Angela McClure
Cary, NC

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

★★★★★ 1
serves 5
prep time 1 Hr
cook time 6 Hr

Ingredients For slow cooker turkey & pork meatballs w/orange sauce

  • 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

How To Make slow cooker turkey & pork meatballs w/orange sauce

  • 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.