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Herbed Turkey Meatballs

Herbed Turkey Meatballs

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
To make this a complete meal, serve the turkey meatballs and homemade cranberry sauce with creamy mashed potatoes and a green vegetable, such as green beans or broccoli.


  • 1 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 cup fine fresh bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbs. chopped fresh oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • 2/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar


Make the meatballs
Preheat an oven to 425°F. Lightly oil a rimmed baking sheet.

In a large fry pan over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Add the onion and celery and sauté until softened, 4 to 5 minutes. Spoon into a bowl and let cool. Set the pan aside.

Add the turkey, bread crumbs, egg, oregano, salt and pepper to the cooled onion mixture, and mix gently but thoroughly with your hands. Shape the mixture into 12 meatballs and arrange on the prepared baking sheet.

Cook the meatballs and make the sauce
Bake the meatballs until opaque throughout, about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine the orange juice, cranberries and sugar in the fry pan and place over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring often, until the juice comes to a boil and the cranberries begin to pop, 2 to 3 minutes.

Divide the meatballs among dinner plates, spoon the cranberry sauce over them and serve immediately. Serves 4.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Food Made Fast Series, Simple Suppers, by Melanie Barnard (Oxmoor House, 2007).