These Asian Turkey Meatballs came courtesy of Chelsy over at Mangia. She has a beautiful blog brimming with a plethora of paleo and gluten-free goodies. Hailing from Texas, she says she lives the “healthy life…with a serious sweet-tooth.” I can relate, seeing as no meal is complete without something sugary to cap it off at the end.
Back to the recipe…these fresh and tasty meatballs are the perfect counterpoint to their heavy, tomato-sauce-laden sisters of winter. They’re packed with bright hits of ginger and cilantro and because they rely on ground turkey – sans breadcrumbs – I had no qualms with eating the entire batch over the course of 24 hours. Seriously. I highly recommend these for a summer potluck or backyard BBQ, finished off with her Dark Chocolate, Olive Oil & Walnut Skillet Cookie. Because…well…skillet cookie.
Asian Turkey Meatballs with a Tropical Peanut Dipping Sauce
Makes about 10-12 meatballs and a ½-cup of sauce
Ingredients for the meatballs:
1 lb. of ground turkey – $4.79
1 bunch of fresh cilantro, roughly chopped, divided – $1.99
½ of a carrot, grated – $0.80
1½ Tablespoons of fresh ginger, peeled and grated – $0.50
1 clove of garlic, minced – stock
½ teaspoon salt – stock
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper – stock
1 Tablespoon low sodium soy sauce – stock
For the dipping sauce:
3 Tablespoon pure coconut water – $2.79
1 Tablespoon light coconut milk – $2.49
1 Tablespoon peanut butter – stock
1 Tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce – stock
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger – above
1 teaspoon Sriracha – stock
½ Tablespoon sugar – stock
Grand total assuming well-stocked kitchen: $13.36
Cost per meatball: $1.11
Directions for the meatballs:
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Combine all the meatball ingredients in a large mixing bowl using your hands.
3. Roll the mixture into small meatballs, about the size of a racquetball.
4. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 12 minutes, flip and bake for another 10-12 minutes, until lightly golden.
For the dipping sauce:
1. In a small bowl, whisk all of the ingredients together until smooth. Serve in a small bowl for dipping the meatballs, garnished with remaining 1/4 of cilantro. Or you can use the dipping sauce to dress vermicelli noodles and serve the meatballs on top.