Every party needs a good meatball and these Rosemary Turkey Meatballs with Cranberry Balsamic Sauce are sure to be a crowd pleaser this holiday season! #meatballs #appetizer #turkey #cranberry #glutenfree

Rosemary Turkey Meatballs with Cranberry Balsamic Sauce

Every party needs a good meatball and these Rosemary Turkey Meatballs with Cranberry Balsamic Sauce are sure to be a crowd pleaser this holiday season!

Every party needs a good meatball and these Rosemary Turkey Meatballs with Cranberry Balsamic Sauce are sure to be a crowd pleaser this holiday season! #meatballs #appetizer #turkey #cranberry #glutenfreeHi friends! Danae from Recipe Runner here today. I’ve got an easy and delicious appetizer for you, Rosemary Turkey Meatballs with Cranberry Balsamic Sauce. They’re perfect to serve at a holiday party, family get together or you can even have them for dinner on top of mashed potatoes or my favorite, mashed cauliflower.

Every party needs a good meatball and these Rosemary Turkey Meatballs with Cranberry Balsamic Sauce are sure to be a crowd pleaser this holiday season! #meatballs #appetizer #turkey #cranberry #glutenfreeIs anyone else still finding it hard to believe that Christmas is less than two weeks away?! I think part of my problem is that it’s been so dry and warmer than usual here in Denver. I’m not complaining though. I’m enjoying not freezing on my morning runs or having to deal with ice and snow.

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I’m planning to get all of my Christmas shopping done this weekend. I will also make the food gifts that I plan to send to family out of state. It’s always a stressful weekend for me trying to get everything ready to ship and then making that dreaded trip to the post office early next week. I’m one of those people that hates standing in lines and waiting, I don’t have the patience for it.

Every party needs a good meatball and these Rosemary Turkey Meatballs with Cranberry Balsamic Sauce are sure to be a crowd pleaser this holiday season! #meatballs #appetizer #turkey #cranberry #glutenfreeI also don’t have much patience for complicated recipes when I’m making food for a party or family get together. Over the years I’ve learned to make food that can prepped ahead of time. These Rosemary Turkey Meatballs are a perfect example of that.

Meatballs are great because you can bake a big batch and store them in the freezer until you’re ready to use them. It saves a good amount of time the day of your party or on a night when you don’t have time to mess with making dinner.

Another time saver is to use canned cranberry sauce. I’ll admit, when I made this recipe it was my first time ever buying the sauce in the can. You can definitely make your own, but if you don’t have time the canned sauce works great.

Every party needs a good meatball and these Rosemary Turkey Meatballs with Cranberry Balsamic Sauce are sure to be a crowd pleaser this holiday season! #meatballs #appetizer #turkey #cranberry #glutenfreeTo jazz up the sauce I added sweet and tangy balsamic vinegar, orange zest, more fresh rosemary and sweetened it with honey. The sauce is thickened with arrowroot powder or cornstarch and then the rosemary turkey meatballs are added in. After simmering in the sauce they come out completely glazed with just the right amount of sweetness from the cranberry sauce and honey. They’ll be a hit at your party!

Rosemary Turkey Meatballs with Cranberry Balsamic Sauce

Yield: 28

Prep Time: 20

Cook Time: 25

Total Time: 45

Every party needs a good meatball and these Rosemary Turkey Meatballs with Cranberry Balsamic Sauce are sure to be a crowd pleaser this holiday season!

Ingredients:

Meatballs:

  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs (or gluten-free bread crumbs)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons fresh minced rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Fresh ground black pepper to taste

Cranberry Balsamic Sauce:

  • 1 1/2 cups cranberry sauce, canned or homemade
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce (tamari for gluten-free)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh minced rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • Juice of half an orange
  • Fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch or arrowroot powder mixed with 2 teaspoons water

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. If using foil spray it with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together all of the meatball ingredients, except the ground turkey, until combined. Once combined, add in the turkey and use your hands to incorporate everything together. Be careful not to work the meat too much or the meatballs will be tough.
  3. Scoop out tablespoon sized portions of the meat mixture, roll them into balls and place them on the prepared baking sheet. Once all of the meatballs are formed spray or brush the tops with oil. Place them on the middle rack of the oven and bake for approximately 15 minutes or until cooked through.
  4. While the meatballs bake make the cranberry balsamic sauce.
  5. In a large saucepan whisk together all of the sauce ingredients (except the cornstarch water slurry) and bring the mixture to a boil. Once it comes to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes. Add in the cornstarch slurry and whisk the sauce until it thickens, about 2-3 minutes.
  6. Add the baked meatballs into the sauce and stir to coat them. Cover with a lid and simmer on low heat for approximately 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve the meatballs on a serving platter or bowl with toothpicks.

Source: Danae from Recipe Runner

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Every party needs a good meatball and these Rosemary Turkey Meatballs with Cranberry Balsamic Sauce are sure to be a crowd pleaser this holiday season! #meatballs #appetizer #turkey #cranberry #glutenfree

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