Turkey Cranberry Bourbon Meatballs – #Thanksgiving Appetizer

Turkey Cranberry Bourbon Meatballs: mini homemade turkey meatballs, sauteed in zesty cranberry-bourbon sauce is a perfect appetizer for #Thanksgiving party. 

These can be made 2-3 days in advance and simply heat and serve on the day of the event.

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Thanksgiving is around the corner and these Turkey Cranberry Bourbon Meatballs are a perfect bite-size nosh for your parties.

The meatballs are extremely juicy, delicious and filled with your favorite Holiday flavors.

I always get asked a lot about quick appetizers and I feel meatballs are just such a versatile dish.

They go from appetizer to full-on entree dish in minutes.

Hence, every festive season, I always make tons of mini meatballs (depending on the occasion I use chicken, turkey or even veggies) and freeze for later use. 

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As our parties approach’s and depending on everyone’s demand, I make a fresh sauce and these meatballs.

And as it’s Thanksgiving, our sauce has to have:

Cranberry

Orange

A Splash or Two of Bourbon

Some Warming Spices

Maybe some sort of Pepper/Pepper based Sauce.

Just thinking about all these ingredients together makes me hungry!!!

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So, all I did was combine all the above ingredients together and created this absolutely luscious ‘Cranberry-Bourbon Sauce’!!

I so wanted to call it a ‘Zesty Cranberry Orange Bourbon Sauce’ but then that’s quite a mouthful and just gives away all the flavors.

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Instead, keep the name simple and let the flavors do most of the talking 🙂

The moment you bit into these Turkey Cranberry Bourbon Meatballs, the zesty, warm and kinda spicy-sweet flavors wake up your taste-buds.

Definitely leaving you CRAVING more and more.

 

 

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Turkey Cranberry Bourbon Meatballs

mini homemade turkey meatballs, sauteed in zesty cranberry-bourbon sauce is a perfect appetizer for Thanksgiving party.

10 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

40 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

For Turkey Meatballs

1 lb Ground Turkey

1 Egg

1/2 Cup Breadcrumbs - use glutenfree if need be

1 Large Onion - thinly chopped

1 Tsp Ginger Paste

1 Tsp Garlic Paste

Cilantro for Garnish

4 Tbsp Oil

Sauce Ingredients:

1/4 Cup Bourbon

1 Onion - thinly chopped

1/2 Cup Orange Juice - fresh or store-bought

1 Tsp Orange Zest - optional

3 Tbsp Fresh Cranberries - deseeded & chopped (you may use frozen too)

1 Tbsp Hot Sauce - use as per choice

Pinch of Cinnamon

1/8 Tsp Ginger Powder

Salt - as per choice

1/2 Tsp Pepper

Instructions

    Make the Meatballs:
  1. In a large bowl, add the meatballs ingredients and mix evenly to form a smooth dough.
  2. Make 30 small balls (or depending on the size you want to make) and then keep aside.
  3. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a large non-stick pan .
  4. Now, add the meatballs and evenly cook on both sides (it takes 3 minutes to cook 10 balls over medium heat).
  5. Follow the step above till all meatballs are cooked and place the cooked meatballs separately.
  6. Make the Cranberry Bourbon Sauce:
  7. In the same pan, heat the remaining oil.
  8. Now add chopped onion and saute till golden brown.
  9. Add cranberries, cinnamon, ginger, and saute for a minute.
  10. Now add all the remaining ingredients (except bourbon), saute and cover cook the sauce for 4 minutes (or till the sauce starts to thicken).
  11. Remove the cover and add the bourbon.
  12. Now add the cooked turkey meatballs and saute everything lightly.
  13. Let this cook for 5 minutes over low heat.
  14. Once the sauce is thickened nicely and coated the meatballs, turn off the heat.
  15. Transfer to serving bowl and sprinkle cilantro on top.
  16. Serve immediately.

Tags

Cuisines
American
Occasions
Thanksgiving
Winter
Christmas
Cocktail Party
Courses
Appetizer
Brunch
Cocktails
Cooking
Sauteeing

Nutrition

Calories

51 cal

Fat

3 g

Carbs

2 g

Protein

3 g
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2 Replies to "Turkey Cranberry Bourbon Meatballs - #Thanksgiving Appetizer"

  • Sanj November 16, 2018 (5:02 pm)
    That color looks amazing and they are so juicy.

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