Last month my better half was attending a girl’s night out where each person was bringing an appetizer to share, so I figured that this would be a good opportunity to try to make homemade meatballs. It was her idea to try turkey meatballs, which was completely new to me. I couldn’t find a “turkey” meatball recipe, but there were plenty of chicken so I just sort of copied that and then went in search of a spicy dipping sauce to add that necessary kick to it.
The meatballs are pretty much the standard, just using ground turkey, but what really makes this recipe pop is the spicy dipping sauce. It has just the right amount of kick to make you want to keep a cold glass of milk standing by. You can cut down the heat by adding in a little more brown sugar and limiting the hot sauce, but if you’re feeling brave, go full heat and enjoy the flavor.
- 2 pounds ground turkey
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup breadcrumbs
- ½ tsp paprika
- 1 tsp onion powder
- For the sauce:
- ½ cup hot sauce
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
Preheat the oven to 475ºF.
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper, set aside.
In a saucepan, combine the ingredients of the sauce over medium high heat, allow it to come to a boil, and reduce to simmer. Let simmer for 8-10 minutes.
Remove from heat and allow the sauce to cool. The sauce will thicken as it cools.
In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey, garlic, salt pepper, eggs, breadcrumbs, paprika, and onion powder.
Use your hands to mix all the ingredients together.
Shape the meat mixture into little balls (about a tablespoon full).
Bake for 13-15 minutes.
Drizzle or brush on the sauce and serve.