Sweet ‘n Spicy BBQ Turkey Meatballs with Bacon
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These are simple to make, you can prep the meatballs ahead and bake when you’re ready to serve.
Some of you who follow me on snapchat (username: skinnytaste) may have seen me make these last week, I know because I’ve been getting tons of requests via email, Instagram and Facebook to post the recipe so here it is, just before the weekend!
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Sweet 'n Spicy BBQ Turkey Meatballs with Bacon
- 1 1/4 pound 93% lean ground turkey
- 6 slices bacon, 4 ounces, roughly chopped
- 1/2 onion, quartered
- 2 garlic cloves, halved
- 2 ounces about 4 whole jarred cherry peppers (I like Trader Joe’s)
- 10 basil leaves
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup whole wheat panko, or gluten-free panko
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- freshly ground pepper, to taste
For the BBQ glaze:
- 2 tablespoon sweet BBQ sauce, store bought or homemade
- 2 tablespoon ketchup
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- For glaze: In a small bowl, combine barbeque sauce and ketchup. Set aside.
- For meatballs: In a food processor fitted with the metal blade, combine bacon, onion, garlic, cherry peppers, basil and thyme. Pulse until combined and uniform in color and texture, about 10 pulses.
- In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, egg, panko, salt and pepper.
- Add bacon-cherry pepper mixture to bowl and mix until thoroughly combined. Using your hands, form small round meatballs, about the size of a golf ball.
- Place the meatballs on a large baking sheet lined with parchment and with a pastry or silicone brush, lightly brush the meatballs with the barbeque-ketchup mixture.
- Bake for 12 minutes and then adjust oven to broil. Broil for an additional 4 to 5 minutes, or until meatballs are cooked through and browned.