hoisin-glazed turkey meatballs

February 4, 2011  |  Appetizers
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I love these Hoisin Glazed Turkey Meatballs with water chestnuts for an unexpected Superbowl appetizer.

I love the Super Bowl. It gives us a great excuse to get together with friends and have a good time on what would otherwise be a sleepy Sunday evening. I love the spread of noshers and the clever commercials. Oh, yeah and the football too.

I read somewhere that on Super Bowl Sunday, Americans consume enough Guacamole to fill a football field up to your waist! I’m not sure if that is true or not, but it gets me thinking that we need some new ideas for fun football snacks.

This Super Bowl Sunday, break out of the mold and serve these sweet and savory turkey meatballs instead of the usual chips and guac. They are super easy, taking only 20 minutes of prep time. They are healthy and satisfying because they are made with lean ground turkey. And they are loaded with flavor because they have ginger and seasonings that will tickle your taste buds.

hoisin-glazed turkey meatballs

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 26 meatballs

Serving Size: 3 meatballs

Calories per serving: 140

Fat per serving: 7.2 g

Saturated fat per serving: 1.5 g

Carbs per serving: 7 g

Protein per serving: 12 g

Fiber per serving: 0.8 g

Sugar per serving: 3.3 g

Sodium per serving: 315 mg

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium Tamari or Soy Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

  • 2 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger root, preferably grated with a rasp-style grater
  • 
1 teaspoon Sambal Oelek sauce (see *ingredient note) or 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 2 scallions, minced plus sliced scallion greens for garnish, divided

  • 1/2 cup drained, finely chopped water chestnuts

  • 1 pound lean ground turkey

  • 1/4 cup purchased Hoisin Sauce (see *ingredient note)

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves (coriander)

  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Black and/or white sesame seeds, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk Tamari or soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, sambal or crushed red pepper and sugar in a large bowl. Whisk in cornstarch until smooth. Stir in 2 minced scallions and water chestnuts. Stir in turkey until completely combined.
  3. Drop turkey mixture by rounded tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheet, gently re-shaping into ball shapes if necessary. Lightly coat the balls with cooking spray and transfer to the oven. Bake until the meat is cooked through, 15 to 17 minutes.
  4. Stir Hoisin sauce, cilantro and lime juice in a large bowl. Add the cooked meatballs and gently stir to coat. Sprinkle with the remaining sliced scallions and sesame seeds and serve hot with toothpicks.

Notes

105 mg Phosphorus, 45 mg Cholesterol, 2.6 g Added Sugars

*ingredient note: Available in the Asian section of large supermarkets and health food stores.

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32 Comments


  1. This is good!food 😉

  2. Great recipe with full of flavour, I’ll have to try this 🙂

  3. Those look amazing. I love any kind of meatballs! Yum!

  4. Wow!!! Just made this for dinner tonight. I “pinned” it on Pinterest and finally got around to making it. Full of flavor, it reminds me of a pot sticker, but HEALTHY! I served these over rice with zucchini. I will post about this on my blog tomorrow and credit you. Thank you for this keeper of a recipe!

  5. [quote name=Kindra Hayes]Wow!!! Just made this for dinner tonight. I “pinned” it on Pinterest and finally got around to making it. Full of flavor, it reminds me of a pot sticker, but HEALTHY! I served these over rice with zucchini. I will post about this on my blog tomorrow and credit you. Thank you for this keeper of a recipe![/quote]Kindra,
    I am so glad that you liked these. Your menu idea sounds delicious and summery! Thanks for the shout out and happy cooking.

  6. Having these for dinner tonight. Too bad I used the last of the cilantro yesterday 🙁 I’m sure it will be missed

  7. Really good recipe. I’ve made these 4 times and they are consistently delicious. The water chestnuts add a great fresh crunchiness to the meatballs. I pair this with spaghetti squash and toss the cooked “de-forked” squash in the mixing bowl with the hoisin glaze. A healthy and very tasty version of a classic.

  8. These are tasty. I had them for lunch and put them in a salad. I didn’t have water chestnuts but I did have some bamboo shoots that I put in for texture. They are full of flavour. I will be making them again.

  9. These are great! I added two cloves of garlic because ginger and garlic always taste good together. Yummy appy! And dairy-free too.

  10. Looks like it’d be delicious! pinned 🙂

  11. Thanks! Don’t you just love pinterest? I am totally obsessed;)

  12. Has anyone ever made these in a crockpot? I wanted to make them for a shower, but don’t know how to keep them hot without a crockpot…

  13. [quote name=Kristen]Has anyone ever made these in a crockpot? I wanted to make them for a shower, but don’t know how to keep them hot without a crockpot…[/quote]Kristen,
    I haven’t made them in a crock pot. They can be a little fragile depending on the turkey you use. The leaner the more sturdy. When I have made these ahead for parties, I have reheated them in the microwave. Hope that helps.

  14. Hi there! I made this for lunch. Instead of serving this as an appetizer I served it with some brown rice and a salad. It was delicious!

  15. My mom made these for a luncheon and she says they came out so badly that they weren’t even edible. I’m not sure if it was her fault or a bad recipe but she had to cater in her appetizer at the last minute!

  16. Natalie,
    I am so sorry to hear that! I would love to trouble shoot with her to figure out what went wrong. Please have her send me an email, and I can help her figure out what may have happened. Just hit the contact tab and send me an email.

  17. Thanks! I appreciate it!

  18. These are the bomb! Made for my December Pin Party and everyone LOVED! Nice presentation and delicious. Making New Years Eve!

  19. [quote name=Anne]These are the bomb! Made for my December Pin Party and everyone LOVED! Nice presentation and delicious. Making New Years Eve![/quote]I am so flattered and glad that everyone liked them. Thanks for the feedback!

  20. These are amazing! I added a hit of siracha in the glaze because we all like heat and served them with soba noodles flavored simply with sesame oil and rice wine vinegar. Delish!!

  21. These look really good, I’ll have to try this recipe.

  22. These sound amazing, and perfect for a Super Bowl Party! I’d love if you would share this, or anything you would like, at my Super Bowl Eats and Treats Linky Party. You can link up appetizers, desserts, entrees, crafts, party ideas, anything that says “Super Bowl” to you! We would love to have you!

  23. Looking forward for making them for the super bowl. Think I am going to use a substitute for corn starch since its not that good for you.

    • So glad to hear it Sarah. As far as the cornstarch, there is only 1 tablespoon of it for 26 servings, and the other ingredients (fat protein and acidity) will help to buffer and slow the breakdown of the starches to sugars in the system. I agree it is not a terribly healthy ingredient, though my guess is that the 1/26th of a tablespoon per meatball is not likely to make a significant impact on many people’s overall health. That said, a lot of people are sensitive to corn, and I would love to know what a good alternative is. Please report back and let me know what you try, if you don’t mind. Thank you for coming by and the comment Sarah, I appreciate it.
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  24. These look really good, I’ll have to try this recipe for sure.

  25. Hi Katie! I made this for lunch. Instead of serving this as an appetizer I served it with some brown rice and a salad. It was Yummy for sure…
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  26. Katie,These are amazing!

    Going to serve 🙂
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  27. Katie!!! Really this is amazing dish will be health for us. I will surely try to have a yummy dinner 🙂
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  28. Oh, yeah!! I love meatballs…and hoisin. These are totally going on my Superbowl menu!
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  29. Thank you for sharing such informative article for us.
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