Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Turkey-Apple Balls

This is a great flavor combination for fall! I've seen some savory poultry-apple meatball recipes around, but wanted to give mine a slightly sweeter profile by adding cinnamon and nutmeg.

Turkey-Apple Balls
Prep time: 10 minutes
Bake time: 10 minutes

1 lb ground turkey (ground chicken would be tasty, too)
3/4 of a green apple, peeled and finely grated
1 egg
1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
salt to taste

Preheat the oven to 375F. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix very well. Scoop up tablespoonfuls and shape into balls. (The shaped balls can be refrigerated until you are ready for dinner - I love to prep food during nap time while the kitchen is quiet!) Place on a greased, rimmed baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes, until the meatballs are cooked through. Serve with pasta or rice.

Abby and my husband had these with some of the spinach-alfredo sauce over pasta leftover from yesterday; I had mine over brown rice. These were tasty, but they need a sauce... I'm just not sure what kind! Any ideas?


Lyndsay said...

What about some type of chutney? It's sort of a sauce, but might complement them better than a traditional sauce would ...

Nick said...

I bet they'd be really good with a cranberry reduction. It'd make a fantastic fall dish.

Kara said...

I like both those ideas... My mom actually makes a cranberry chutney - could be the best of both worlds! I'll definitely hunt up that recipe sometime soon.