As I write this blog, I am reminded that Thanksgiving is fast approaching. Whoa. I cannot believe that and I don’t want to accept it, since I have not gone shopping for one ingredient! I am a last minute holiday food shopper. I will admit it. I am also an untraditional holiday cook, and my kids have expressed their concern about that. They want all the traditional foods this year. Nothing too fancy!
I cannot promise not to throw in something a little non-traditional. It makes life a little more exciting to me! Thankfully, I think there is a compromise here. Traditional Thanksgiving ingredients can be used in a non-traditional way. That way, you still have the flavors of the holiday, just presented differently.
These Cranberry BBQ Meatballs accomplish just that! They encompass many of the flavors of thanksgiving in a meatball. Ground turkey, sage, and cranberries are all involved. Adding the BBQ sauce just gives it an amazing twist and balances out the sweetness of the cranberries.
These are perfect for holiday party appetizers. Garnish it with some fresh rosemary and fresh cranberries on a white serving platter to make it even more fabulous!
- 1 1/4 pounds ground turkey (90% lean)
- 1/4 cup bread crumbs, plain
- 1/4 cup whole milk
- 1 egg, large
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons fresh sage, chopped
- 2 teaspoons ground sage (in lieu of fresh sage)
- Cranberry BBQ Sauce
- 1 package fresh cranberries
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup of bold and/or spicy BBQ sauce
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Combine turkey meatball ingredients in a bowl, stirring until all ingredients are well combined.
- Form into 3/4" balls and place on foil lined baking sheet.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes, or until meatballs are completely done (no pink in the center).
- For Sauce
- Combine cranberries, water, and sugar in a pot and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to medium, and continue cooking for about 15 minutes to break down cranberries.
- Add 1/2 cup BBQ sauce to pot and stir to evenly combine the two sauces into one.
- Place meatballs in sauce and coat each one with sauce.