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Apricot BBQ Meatballs


Submitted by Chef Christie Struck

Ingredients

Turkey Meatballs
  • 1 ½ lb. ground turkey 
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (optional)
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, grated, or ginger paste
  • 1 small pepper, about 3 tablespoons, chopped very fine, (choose your spice level, habanero, jalapeno, cubanelle, or a green or red pepper for color and interest)  
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil or basil paste
  • ¼ cup of onion, very finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt   
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ cup panko crumbs
  • 1 egg

Directions

Step 1. 

Melt the first 4 ingredients in a saucepan and pour over the meatballs, stirring well to glaze the meatballs and place into a 350-degree oven for about 15 minutes, stirring once more halfway through.  If using this with frozen meatballs, it will take about 30 - 35 minutes for them to be hot through, again, stirring once or twice during the cooking period.  


Step 2.  Turkey Meatballs

If you want the flavor of the onion and pepper without the chunkiness in your meatball, try grating the pepper and onion instead of chopping it.  Then mix all meatball ingredients together and form into balls, taking care not to overwork the mixture, as that will make the meatballs tough.

Place about an inch or two apart on a baking sheet and bake in a 400-degree oven for 15 minutes.  It will make about 30- 40 1 inch meatballs.  




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