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superbowl snacks featuring raspberry chipotle turkey meatballs

Posted on February 4th, 2012  |  3 Comments

Are you ready for some football?!?!

Who ya routing for? Pats? Giants? Don’t know/care who’s playing? Yeah it’s cool, you can still partake in Superbowl bites and drinks.

How ’bout starting with some raspberry chipotle turkey meatballs?

‘Cause they are dankmazing!

My first taste of these meatballs was at a work party about two years ago. They were the hit of the night and I have to admit I was a bit jealous.

Even though they were both store bought goods throw together, I don’t want to discredit the genius whose idea it was to join these two ingredients in finger food heaven.

In fact I want to give a big fat thank you to Shelly for bringing them to the holiday fest that year.

You can thank her too, by making a batch of these!

Seems like a lot of steps but not so much, only ’bout 30 minutes worth. You’ve got time right?

Shallot, garlic ‘n spices for the meatballs. Check.

Pulse and add to meat.

Ball it up.

Get bacon baking.

Then gets ready to make the sauce.

Simple as can be.

Everything goes into the pot. Simmer. Blend. Simmer.

You can totally taste the raspberry merry with just the right amount of chipotle heat, for a moderate heat kind of gal (I enjoy medium salsa but hot makes me break out the sour cream. :))

Once the balls are baked, toss them into the sauce pot.

But first.

I want that one…

have to make sure they aren’t poisonous.

Sauce it up.

Sublime!

Sometimes I’m not that into ground turkey (and you can totally make these with 93% lean grass-fed ground beef and get a very health conscious suitable substitute) but I really want to like it, ’cause it’s cheaper and I don’t love the way beef makes my tummy feel.

But. BUT.

Ground turkey dunked in ridiculously-easy-to-make-I-mean-how-can-it-actually-be-homemade-sweet-and-spicy-raspberry-chipotle-sauce makes me love ground turkey.

Swoon even.

It makes me want to take ground turkey out on a special date. A flight just for two. Ya know, so he can know what he’s missing out on it looks like up there.

Sweet huh?

So is this baby. But with a extra kick. Just in time for… kickoff. (I just had to!)

Check out this recipe and a few other quick, easy and healthy snacks perfect for Superbowl Sunday:

roasted shrimp with homemade cocktail sauce

kalamata olive goat cheese spread

world’s best guacamole

lentils baked beans style

semi-raw mini key lime pies

Let’s get ready for football! Or an equally cool party that calls for dankmazingness!

~l

raspberry chipotle turkey meatballs

by lafig

Prep Time: 20

Cook Time: 25-30 minutes

Ingredients (20 meatballs)

  • Meatballs
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Sauce
  • 1 – 15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1-2 chipotle pepper in adobe sauce (1-2 peppers, not 1-2 cans of peppers!)
  • 3/4 c. frozen raspberries
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp smoked salt (Trader Joe’s brand)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and a drizzle of olive oil. Either chop or in a food processor, finely chop the shallot and garlic. Add to the ground turkey with the spices and mix together.

Form into 1-inch size balls, line on baking sheet and drizzle with remaining olive oil.

Bake for 15 minutes, flip and then bake for another 10-15 minutes.

Meanwhile prepare the sauce.

Add all the ingredients to a saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium low heat.

Using a handheld emulsifier puree into a smooth sauce. (If you don’t have a handheld emulsifier you can just pour the sauce into a a blender and puree – but be careful it’s hot.)

Bring sauce to a simmer again, then turn off heat and add cooked meatballs.

Serve with a side of sauce and toothpicks.

Enjoy!

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3 Responses

  1. Love a good meatball any day!

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