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December 21, 2015

Turkey Cranberry Meatballs

Turkey Cranberry Meatballs are a great way to round out your appetizer spread! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

You guys ready for the Christmas holiday? I still have a ton to do. One of the most important things on my plate is finalizing what we’re having for Christmas dinner (I’m hosting!).  I came up with this Turkey Cranberry Meatball recipe as a way to use cranberry sauce leftovers we had in the fridge.  I loved how they turned out and I wanted to share them with you!

Turkey Cranberry Meatballs are a great way to round out your appetizer spread! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

These turkey meatballs have cranberry sauce, kale & sage throughout. For the breadcrumb base, I took two slices of toasted Dave’s Killer Bread (in Good Seed)(non GMO & Organic!) and ground them up in my mini food processor. It’s a simple way to make breadcrumbs if you find yourself in a pinch.

Turkey Cranberry Meatballs are a great way to round out your appetizer spread! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

We take the baked meatballs, poke little cocktail sticks through them and serve them with additional cranberry sauce. It’s like bite-sized Thanksgiving bites!  I went through the batch super fast in my household. Instant hit!

Let’s gather our ingredients;

Turkey Cranberry Meatballs are a great way to round out your appetizer spread! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

This is what I meant by instant breadcrumbs! I love that the Good Seed bread adds extra texture to the meatballs with all that seedy goodness.

Turkey Cranberry Meatballs are a great way to round out your appetizer spread! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Breadcrumbs made.

Turkey Cranberry Meatballs are a great way to round out your appetizer spread! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

We throw two cloves garlic in the food processor that’s been cleaned out.

Turkey Cranberry Meatballs are a great way to round out your appetizer spread! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Kale and sage are added for an herb extravaganza.

Turkey Cranberry Meatballs are a great way to round out your appetizer spread! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

It’s like a kale/sage pesto up in here.

Turkey Cranberry Meatballs are a great way to round out your appetizer spread! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Eggs, cranberry sauce, kale sage mixture, garlic, breadcrumbs with salt & pepper.

Turkey Cranberry Meatballs are a great way to round out your appetizer spread! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Give it a good stir.

Turkey Cranberry Meatballs are a great way to round out your appetizer spread! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Scoop out meatballs with a 1 inch cookie scooper. Place on a greased baking sheet.

Turkey Cranberry Meatballs are a great way to round out your appetizer spread! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

BAKE!

Turkey Cranberry Meatballs are a great way to round out your appetizer spread! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Cocktail pick party.

Turkey Cranberry Meatballs are a great way to round out your appetizer spread! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Cranberry sauce addition.

Turkey Cranberry Meatballs are a great way to round out your appetizer spread! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

These Turkey Cranberry Meatballs are a great way to round out your appetizer plate. You could always turn them into a meatball sub too!  I think cranberry sauce, brie, fried sage and these meatballs would be amazing together. Let’s make that happen.

This post was produced in partnership with Dave’s Killer Bread.  As always, all opinions are my own.  

Turkey Cranberry Meatballs

makes about 30 meatballs

  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 2 slices Dave’s Killer Bread- Good Seed, toasted
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 Tuscan kale leaves roughly torn, stems removed
  • 5 fresh sage leaves
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup cranberry sauce, divided
  • salt and pepper
  • Preheat oven to 400F.

    Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.

    In a mini food processor process toast and grind until bread becomes bread crumbs. Clean out processor, setting bread crumbs in a large mixing bow and add garlic into the processor. Process until chopped and add kale and sage. Process until roughly chopped. Transfer chopped herbs to bowl with breadcrumbs. Stir in turkey, eggs, 1/2 cup cranberry sauce to breadcrumb mixture. Season with salt & pepper and stir until well combined.

    Shape mixture into 1 inch meatballs until you have about 30 meatballs.  Season meatballs with salt & pepper bake for 15-20 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 165F. Serve hot with toothpicks and remaining cranberry sauce.

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    • Carol G

      These look so good! Have been eating Dave’s bread since I saw it on your blog. I was eating it toasted while reading this post. Ha So what are you making for Christmas? I am also hosting Christmas Eve for 30 and still looking for inspiration! Merry Christmas

      • Tracy

        wow! For 30!! My biggest group has been 22 (with all of them spending the night). I think we are going to do Beef Tenderloin with my creamed spinach and some potatoes. Still trying to figure it out! I should hop on that. Glad you are into Dave’s Killer Bread too! It’s my fave.

    • Gaby Dalkin

      I love that leftover cranberry sauce inspired this recipe! I would love to make them for myself and just eat them all

    • Becky

      I love these. I made them twice over the holidays. I subbed 3 tbs store bought bread crumbs for ease and used my cookie scoop. Could not have been easier or more tasty. I even had fancy toothpicks on hand. Thanks!

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