Perfect as an appetizer or served over rice for an entrée, these sweet and spicy turkey meatballs prove that healthy foods can also be flavorful!
Disclaimer: I received free samples of SPLENDA® Naturals Sugar & Stevia Blend mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by SPLENDA® Sweeteners and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
This is one of my favorite recipes that I have been keeping from all of you for awhile. I first made them for a Super Bowl party two years ago and they were a hit! I loved them so much that I started making them for dinner just so I wouldn’t have to wait for another party to have an excuse to eat them.
The sauce is the key to these meatballs, as you want just the right balance of spicy and sweet. For the spice, I rely simply on red pepper flakes in order to keep the sodium low, as many hot sauces and pastes are also loaded with salt. Trust me, those little red flakes can carry some serious heat! And for the sweet, I used SPLENDA® Naturals Sugar & Stevia Blend – a new product on the market that helps you cut back on sugar while still getting the sweetness that you’re looking for.
SPLENDA® Naturals Sugar & Stevia Blend is an all-natural product with just 2 ingredients (both non-GMO): stevia and cane sugar. By combining stevia with sugar, the result is 50% few calories than just sugar alone but no bitter taste that you may be concerned about when using a sugar substitute. Plus, there’s no added colorings, artificial flavors, or artificial ingredients. That’s a win in my book!
While I’m using SPLENDA® Naturals Sugar & Stevia Blend in a savory dish, you can use it anywhere that you would traditionally use regular sugar. Note that ½ tsp of SPLENDA® Naturals Sugar & Stevia Blend provides the same sweetness as 1 tsp of regular sugar. I’m already thinking about how good this would be in sangria or a fruit crisp!
So here’s a toast to getting all the flavor without excess sugar!
P.S. These meatballs would be perfect football-watching food 😉
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Can we substitute for sugar for Splenda? I have all the ingredients but that.
Definitely! I recommend using brown sugar if you have it.
I might be missing something, but the instructions say to mix broth for the sauce. Broth isn’t mentioned in the ingredients.
Good catch Jennifer! Sorry originally I was using broth but then I made it again with water and liked it better. So no broth just 1/4 cup water.
Looks delicious. Interesting idea artificial sweetener in a recipe for meatballs!
Bring on the football! Or maybe I’ll make before football!
Definitely don’t wait for football to make these 😉
I can’t wait to try these!
Thanks Marco! You’ll have to let me know what you think 🙂
What a cool and creative recipe!