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Harvest Turkey Meatballs

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Eva Amurri shares her Harvest Turkey Meatball recipe

This time of year is when I find myself reaching again and again for my slow cooker! I love using it when the weather turns colder because I can make hearty and comforting meals for my family with minimal cleanup and not a lot of brain power required! It’s so nice to set the slow cooker in the morning, and magically have dinner by the evening! If you haven’t tried them yet, one of my most popular recipes ever on this blog has been my Slow Cooker Meatballs. They’re really easy, so delicious, and they sneak in extra veggies for your kiddos!

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With October in full swing, I always think about how to incorporate those warming fall flavors and fresh produce, and I realized that I could make some tweaks to my recipe to change it up a bit! I came up with this Harvest Turkey Meatball recipe, and I absolutely love how it turned out. We really enjoy these on top of rice pilaf, with lots of charred broccoli on the side. To char the broccoli, I just roast it with some olive oil drizzled for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees. It almost brings together a Fall flavors version of a turkey meatloaf but in meatball form. What’s not to like?! Let me know if you try this recipe!

I also wanted to note that my slow cooker has a searing function, so I can make the entire process of the recipe right in there. If your slow cooker doesn’t, you can simply sear these in a pan instead!

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Ingredients…

For the meatballs…
For the glaze…

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Harvest Turkey Meatballs

Step 1:

Combine meatball ingredients

Combine ground turkey, bread crumbs, onion, apple, carrot, celery, black pepper, salt, thyme, rosemary, and parsley in a mixing bowl. Mix well so all ingredients are combined evenly.

Step 2:

Form meatballs and sear

Roll the mixture into balls ensuring you make each one the same size so that they cook evenly. Sear on all sides for a couple of minutes. You may use a pan to do so or a crockpot if it has a sear setting.

Step 3:

Add glaze to meatballs

In a bowl combine apple cider, chicken stock, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, maple syrup, dijon mustard, ground nutmeg, and cloves. Whisk for a few minutes. Add mixture to crockpot and cook on high for two hours.

Step 4:

Set aside meatballs

Set aside cooked meatballs and reduce the liquid to make the glaze, for roughly 10 minutes.

Step 5:

Add meatballs back to glaze and serve

Add meatballs back into the glaze and mix. Cook rice and char broccoli to serve with.

Eva Amurri shares her Harvest Turkey Meatball recipe

Harvest Turkey Meatballs

A slow cooker recipe that feeds the entire family. A great way to mix protein and your favorite fresh veggies!
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
20 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Course Lunch, Main Course
Servings 5 people
Calories 449 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Slow Cooker
  • 2 Mixing Bowls
  • 1 whisk

Ingredients

Instructions
 

  • Combine ground turkey, bread crumbs, onion, apple, carrot, celery, black pepper, salt, thyme, rosemary, and parsley in a mixing bowl. Mix well so all ingredients are combined evenly.
  • Roll the mixture into balls ensuring you make each one the same size so that they cook evenly. Sear on all sides for a couple of minutes. You may use a pan to do so or a crockpot if it has a sear setting.
  • In a bowl combine apple cider, chicken stock, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, maple syrup, dijon mustard, ground nutmeg, and cloves. Whisk for a few minutes. Add mixture to crockpot and cook on high for two hours.
  • Set aside cooked meatballs and reduce the liquid to make the glaze, for roughly 10 minutes.
  • Add meatballs back into the glaze and mix. Cook rice and char broccoli to serve with.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Harvest Turkey Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 449 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 0.02g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 76mg25%
Sodium 945mg41%
Potassium 758mg22%
Carbohydrates 70g23%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 53g59%
Protein 35g70%
Vitamin A 2254IU45%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 111mg11%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword Meatballs, Slow-Cooker
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Eva Amurri shares her Harvest Turkey Meatball recipe


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2 Comments

  1. Amanda says:

    YUM! I’ve been patiently (not really lol) waiting on this since I saw in the newsletter that it was coming this week! We’ve given up red meat in my house so I’ve been looking for ground turkey recipes.

    10.07.22 Reply
  2. Glenda says:

    This dish looks delicious. I love meatballs on anything!

    10.08.22 Reply