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Prep 30 mins
Cook 50 mins
I started making these as a low-calorie and reasonable-carb form of meatball that I could eat while losing weight and still feel full. I usually combine a single serving of these meatballs (5 to a serving) with 3 ounces of whole wheat spaghetti and a half cup of simple marinara sauce. The sweetness of the cranberries combines nicely with the Thanksgiving-inspired herbs and spices to make an unconventional meatball. I really love these!
- 3 lbs lean ground turkey
- 2 (14 ounce) cans cranberry sauce (I use Ocean Spray with whole berries)
- 4 large eggs
- 3 cups fine breadcrumbs, dried
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons fennel seeds
- 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon whole allspice
- 1 tablespoon dried sage
- 1 tablespoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon canola oil
- Combine all spices and herbs in a spice grinder and blend them into a fine powder.
- Spread the ground meat over the bottom of the work bowl and sprinkle with the ground spice mixture.
- Add the cranberry sauce, eggs, and breadcrumbs.
- With your hands, mix all of the ingredients together into an even blend. Do not worry if there are chunks of whole cranberries; those add a pop of sweet and tart flavor when done.
- Coat two large cookie sheets with raised sides with the oil; spread it on, evenly to prevent burning.
- Form 75 meatballs, each about the size of a golf ball (maybe a bit smaller) from the meat mixture and place on the cookie sheets. The meatballs should not touch but can be close to one another.
- Heat your oven to 350 degrees, Fahrenheit.
- Roast in the oven for 20 minutes.
- Switch the cookie sheet on the top rack for the cookie sheet on the bottom rack and roast for another 20 minutes.
- Remove and let cool on the pans for 10 minutes before serving.