Turkey Balls & Pepper Sauce

READY IN: 1hr 5mins
Recipe by Julia Lynn

The people I work for gave this recipe to me, I am not a huge fan of ground turkey but boy did this recipe change my mind! For saucier meatballs spoon over after cooking instead of before. Serve this over rice or pasta.

Top Review by Mary Ann A.

This is a recipe from Annabelle Karmel's book First Foods. While it is a very good recipe, I have doubled the red peppers & roasted them prior to making the sauce. I have also tripled the shallots & doubled the basil. This makes it rich & swimming in sauce that you can serve it over pasta.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • Turkey Meatballs

  • 453.59 g ground turkey
  • 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 small apple, peeled and grated
  • 44.37 ml breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 29.58 ml chopped thyme, fresh
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • flour, for coating
  • 29.58 ml vegetable oil, for frying
  • Red Pepper Sauce

  • 22.18 ml vegetable oil
  • 2 shallots, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 red peppers, chopped
  • 4.92 ml tomato puree
  • 44.37 ml chopped basil, fresh
  • 414.03 ml chicken stock
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. For red pepper sauce: heat the oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat, add the shallots and red peppers, and saute until soft.
  2. Stir in remaining sauce ingredients and bring to a boil.
  3. Simmer mixture for 15-20 minutes. Cool slightly then transfer to your blender and blend until smooth.
  4. For the meatballs: Preheat oven to 350. Mix together all ingredients for the meatballs, seasoning to taste.
  5. Form the mixture into about 24 walnut sized balls.
  6. Spread the flour onto a plate and coat the meatballs.
  7. Heat the oil in a large pan, add the meatballs, and saute until they are golden all over.
  8. Transfer meatballs to a casserole and pour pepper sauce on top. (If looking for more sauce, like me, pour warm sauce on after baking instead of before. Add some chicken stock to the pan so balls wont dry out.) Bake in preheated oven 20 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked through. Enjoy!

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