Around here, I’ve developed a reputation for my juicy turkey meatballs. I make all kinds of these tender, round morsels. This version is sweet and spicy with a sticky raspberry-chili glaze. The smoky heat of chipotle peppers plays against the sweet raspberries and tangy lime.
This recipe has a medium heat level. If you want to keep things on the mild side, omit the whole chili. Canned chipotle chilies in adobo sauce are found in the Mexican section of most groceries stores. These chilies are hot, so I only use one, along with the liquid/sauce in the can. Do not make the mistake of adding the entire can of chilies to this recipe. One chili plus some of the liquid in the can is plenty.
The trick to keeping turkey meatballs moist is to keep them small. This ensures even cooking, without worrying that the centers aren’t cooked. Minced onion puts much needed moisture back into the ground turkey. The meatballs cook very quickly. Resist the urge to overcook them.
Liquid Smoke is wonderful in this sauce, bumping up the smoky notes. It’s also great in chili and other Mexican dishes.
Another type of jam, such as blackberry or peach, could be used as a substitute in place of raspberry jam.
IngredientsIngredients for the sauce:
1 can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. You will only be using one chili from the can, along with the liquid surrounding the chilies (see notes for explanation).
2/3 cup of raspberry, blackberry or peach jam. I use regular. But seedless raspberry jam will produce a smoother sauce.
1/3 cup water
1-2 shakes of liquid smoke (optional but good)
Salt to taste
Ingredients for the meatballs:
1 pound of ground turkey. I use humanely raised, 94 percent lean. You can also use ground chicken.
1/2 cup of shredded Mexican blend, cheddar or monterey jack cheese. Your choice.
1/2 small onion, minced using the smallest holes of a hand grater
1 garlic clove minced
1 teaspoon of dried oregano. Mexican oregano is great in this recipe.
1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin
Salt to taste
Oil for pan frying. I use olive oil.
Serving suggestions: lime wedges, sour cream for dipping, rice, mashed potatoes, oven fries.