This meatball is so flavorful, you will forget that it is good for you! With just a few ingredients and about 10 minutes of hands-on prep time, this may be your new go-to on busy nights. By using just a little bit of rice flour to bind the meat together, the carb-laden, gluten-filled breadcrumbs are eliminated from this dish. Replacing beef with low-fat, low-calorie ground turkey allows this meatball to be eaten with no guilt. Serve with Roasted Balsamic Onions and Peppers and Cilantro-Lime Rice. Add the sweet, tangy, slightly spicy balsamic bbq sauce, and your family will be begging you to add these to your menu for the week.
Sweet cherry peppers, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, onion, egg, basil, and just a bit of bacon (turkey or pork both work great) pulsed a few times in a food processor or blender make the turkey meat moist and flavorful.
Combine the meat but don’t over mix! Working the turkey too much causes it to get tough. Let the meat mixture hang out in the refrigerator for at least 10 minutes before shaping into meatballs. The mixture won’t stick to your hands as much.
These are all of the ingredients you need to make a great bbq sauce. No heating required. Just combine in a bowl.
Meatballs are ready to go into the oven! You should get 20-22 meatballs out of this mixture.
- 6 sweet cherry peppers, stems removed
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 4 slices Bacon, roughly chopped
- 1½ tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- ¼ large onion, minced
- One egg, or ¼ cup eggbeaters
- 12 basil leaves
- 2 pounds ground turkey
- 2 TBSP rice flour
- For the sauce:
- 3TBSP bbq Sauce
- 3TBSP Ketchup
- 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
- ½ teaspoon Sriracha or Asian hot chili garlic sauce
- Preheat oven to 400
- In a blender, combine ingredients, cherry peppers through basil leaves. Pulse a few times until a chunky consistency forms.
- In a large bowl, mix turkey, contents of the blender, and rice flour. The flour will serve as a binder. Be careful not to over mix, as it will make the meat tough. Refrigerate for at least 10 minutes. This will make the meat will be easier to handle.
- In a bowl, mix together all ingredients in the sauce. If you think you would like extra for the meatballs or for dipping, double the recipe.
- On a parchment-lined cookie sheet, spray a little bit of cooking spray. Shape the turkey mixture into meatballs and place (not touching) on the cookie sheet. Spread a bit of sauce over each meatball. Place in the upper ⅓ of the oven at 400 for 14 minutes. Change the oven temperature to broil. Broil for 4 to 5 minutes. Top with additional sauce, if desired. Serve alone, with rice, or with balsamic roasted peppers and onions
- Ground turkey breast
- Reduced sugar ketchup
- Pork bacon