Man it’s hard to make meatballs look pretty. After all, ground turkey isn’t the prettiest thing in the world then add on a brown-colored sauce – it’s straight up bland-town color-wise. However flavor-wise, these meatballs are SO good! Bry actually declared these, along with a side of garlic roasted brussels sprouts and some farro to be one of his favorite dinners.
I love making meatballs for dinner. They’re just so easy and relatively inexpensive. And if you are watching your portion sizes, it’s much easier to limit yourself to 4 or 5 meatballs than it is 4-oz of a whole piece of chicken or steak.
These meatballs were created by my ongoing need to use up all of the farm-fresh apple cider in our fridge since neither of us are big juice drinkers. And let me tell you, it’s a delicious problem to have. Unlike plain apple juice, apple cider brings such a great tang in addition to sweetness.
While we ate these as an entree with vegetables and farro, they would also be a perfect holiday party appetizer.
Nice and short post today as there’s not much else I can say besides please go and make these, you won’t be disappointed!
Apple Cider Glazed Turkey Meatballs
For the meatballs
- 1 lb lean ground turkey
- 1/4 cup oats pulsed into a flour
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- Pinch of salt and pepper
For the apple cider glaze
- 1 cup apple cider
- 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp corn starch
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- Pinch red pepper flakes optional
- Preheat oven to 350F
- Combine meatball ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
- Form into 16 meatballs
- Place meatballs on a large baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
- Give a stir to the meatballs then cook another 5 minutes, or until cooked through.
- Meanwhile, whisk glaze ingredients together in a small bowl and pour into a skillet over medium high heat.
- Bring glaze to a boil then simmer 3-5 minutes, or until sauce begins to thicken.
- Add meatballs to skillet and carefully stir until each meatball is coated in glaze.
- Serve meatballs with remaining glaze drizzled on top.