Apple turkey meatballs are a simple, kid friendly recipe. High in protein and low in fat, they’re a healthy dinner option.
Let’s talk about one of the best shows to watch over and over again: Gilmore Girls.
Seriously, I have re-watched all the episodes (minus the newer mini-season on Netflix) at least four times, and each go around I’m more and more impressed by all the quick, witty banter.
Now, being married to someone from Connecticut I’ve gotten very familiar with Connecticut. And one thing that Gilmore Girls didn’t teach me was what a big deal apple season is there.
Now I love a good apple crumble, but my favorite use of apples is adding them into savory dishes.
From harvest salads and grilled cheese, to meat-filled dishes, I find myself cooking with apples more often than baking with them. And this recipe for healthy apple turkey meatballs is one of my favorites.
These healthy apple turkey meatballs are simple to make, especially if you have a food processor. However, a cheese grater will work too.
The first step is to grate about ½ a large apple to end up with ½ cup-worth of shredded apple.
While any apple would work, I recommend using a tart apple with a lot of flavor, such as a Pink Lady, Honey crisp, or Granny Smith.
Next up is grating ½ cup-worth of parmesan cheese.
As there aren’t a lot of ingredients in these meatballs, I recommend getting a good quality block of parmesan from the cheese counter at your grocery store.
Finally, add some bread crumbs or pulsed oats (my preference), seasonings, an egg, and the ground turkey.
Mix all this together well and then roll into small balls.
For best flavor, I recommend browning the meatballs in a cast-iron pan and then transferring them to the oven for another 10 or so minutes until cooked through.
The first time I made these, I served them with roasted sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts, which I drizzled with a cinnamon pear balsamic vinegar over the top. So good!
But then, I decided to get even fancier and whip up a batch of bourbon BBQ sauce, and oh man. Bourbon + apple = heaven.
Of course if you have kiddos, you can always serve these with regular BBQ sauce for dipping!
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Absolutely delicious! I made these meatballs and put them in the crock pot after browning with some BBQ sauce. We served it over rice and it was a huge hit with the family!
Yay! I’m so glad to hear they were a hit with the whole family!
I bet the apples add a nice sweet component to this savory dish : )