Turkey Meatballs with a Chipotle Barbecue Cranberry Sauce

Recently, I have catered event after event. I have been developing some new hors d’oeuvres to add to my repertoire. Here is a new meatball recipe that got some rave reviews.

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Turkey Meatballs with a Chipotle Barbecue Cranberry Sauce

Makes 16-20

Meatballs:
1 lb ground turkey
1/3 cup oats
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 garlic clove, minced
2 Tbs Worchestershire sauce
2 Tbs sage, minced
1 Tbs rosemary, minced
1 Tbs thyme, minced
1 Tbs chives, minced
salt and pepper to taste

Sauce:
1/2 yellow onion, diced
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 Tbs thyme, minced
12 oz cranberries
½ cup orange juice
¼ cup molasses
3 Tbs honey
2 Tbs light brown sugar
2 chipotle peppers in adobo, minced
1/2 cup ketchup
2 Tbs apple cider vinegar
¼ tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Place all ingredients for the turkey meatballs in a large mixing bowl and mix together until just combined. Season with salt and pepper.

Take two tablespoons of the mixture and form into a meatball. Place onto a lightly greased baking sheet and repeat until all of the turkey mixture has been used.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned and completely cooked through.

For the sauce:
Sauté the diced onion in a little olive oil, add the garlic and thyme in a saucepan and then add the cranberries, orange juice, molasses, honey, brown sugar and chipotle peppers.

Place first six ingredients into a saucepan and stir. Bring the mixture to a simmer, over medium to medium-low heat. Once the cranberries begin to macerate, about 10 minutes, stir in the remaining ingredients.

Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally until the sauce has thickened and reduced by 1/3. Serve with meatballs.

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