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Turkey Meatballs

Turkey and cranberry are not just for Thanksgiving. Enjoy this great combo year-round as a starter, appetizer, or a main dish.


  • Prep Time : 15 min
  • Cook Time : 30 min
  • Ready Time : 45 min


20 meatballs


  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain or country-style Dijon mustard
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • Zest of 1 small orange
  • 1 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • F reshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


In a small pot over medium-high heat, combine cranberries, water, sugar, and apple juice. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until berries begin popping, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in mustard. Using an immersion blender, blend until smooth. Refrigerate the Cranberry Dipping Sauce until ready to use.
In a large bowl, combine turkey, orange zest, sage, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to taste; mix well. Form meat into 1-inch round balls. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat; add and heat olive oil. Working in batches, cook meatballs until brown on all sides and cooked through, about 12 to 16 minutes. Serve with Cranberry Dipping Sauce.

Serve 5 meatballs per person with the Cranberry Dipping Sauce alongside your favorite boxed rice pilaf. Stir ¼ cup chopped pecans and 3 tablespoons dried cranberries into rice pilaf just before serving.

About Jamie Geller


Jamie Geller is the only best-selling cookbook author who wants to get you out of the kitchen – not because she doesn’t love food – but because she has tons to do. As “The Bride Who Knew Nothing” Jamie found her niche specializing in fast, fresh, family recipes. Now the "Queen of Kosher" (CBS) and the "Jewish Rachael Ray" (New York Times), she's the creative force behind JoyofKosher.com and "Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller" magazine . Jamie and her hubby live in Israel with their five busy kids who give her plenty of reasons to get out of the kitchen - quickly. Check out her new book, "Joy of Kosher: Fast, Fresh Family Recipes."




6 Responses to Turkey Meatballs

  1. Oh, this sounds so deee-lish! I make turkey burgers with cranberry gravy — similar. I am going to try yours, for a change. YUMYUM

  2. Love the addition of orange and cranberry! Sounds fantastic! Thanksgiving all rolled into a bite!

  3. i make turkey meatballs all the time and i love the twist this recipes has.

  4. Would love this on some rice with a bit of mushroom soup..a riff off a childhood favorite!

  5. avatar says: steven

    I like to mix in some duck sauce with cranberry sauce. Have to give it a try with this recipe.

  6. like that idea – should be nice here!

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