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Cranberry Turkey Meatballs (03.07.13)

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Posted at 11:27 AM, Mar 07, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-07 16:36:51-05

by Jennifer Burns, Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup seasoned fine dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries, snipped, or golden raisins, snipped
  • 2 tablespoons onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • Nonstick olive oil cooking spray
  • 1/2 16 ounce can jellied cranberry sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried chives
  • Salt Substitute and Pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

For meatballs, in a very large bowl, beat egg whites with a fork. Stir in bread crumbs, dried cranberries or raisins, onion, salt substitute and pepper. Add ground chicken or turkey; mix well. Shape into small, round meatballs.

Lightly coat a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place meatballs in pan.

Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until done (165 degrees F).

Alternative cooking method: Heat a frying pan to a medium-medium to high heat. Coat the bottom with the cooking spray. Cook the meatballs on each side for-2-3 minutes or until done (165 degrees F).

Heat the cranberry sauce in a small pan for 3-4 minutes over medium heat. When the meatballs are done cooking, brush with the cranberry sauce. Sprinkle with chives. Serve immediately.