Friday, February 3, 2012

Honey Chipotle Turkey Meatballs

I can't believe it's Super Bowl weekend already.  Time truly flies! I read something the other day saying that Super Bowl Sunday is the biggest "food holiday" after Thanksgiving.  That's pretty impressive.  I thought that I definitely needed to support the holiday on my blog; enter one of my favorite appetizers... meatballs!
Finely chop 1/2 onion, and mince 2 cloves of garlic and place in a large bowl.
I used a combination of ground turkey and chicken.  Not because I'm fancy and trying new things, but because I had the meat in my freezer and wanted to use it.  I would recommend sticking to turkey, not that I'm complaining on the outcome, because they were still delicious.
Mix together well and form 16 small meatballs, or 10 large meatballs.  I opted for large, but again you should stick with small.  Because you're not putting any egg to hold the meat together, the smaller the meatballs the easier everything will hold together.
In a separate bowl mix together the honey, chiptole chiles in adobo sauce, and cider vinegar and set aside.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.  In a skillet, add olive oil and heat over medium heat.  Add the meatballs and cook until the meat is browned on all sides.  Transfer skillet to the oven and bake for around 5 minutes.
Remove from the oven and pour the honey mixture over the meatballs. Swirl to coat and cook on the stove until the liquid has reduced the the meatballs are glazed.
Then stick a fork (or toothpick) in them and they're done!  These are a low fat/calorie way of doing meatballs, and the chipotles add a kick that makes them very tasty and addicting.  Sure to be a hit at any party you're attending. 

Have a great weekend everyone :)

Honey Chipotle Turkey Meatballs
Serves 8
Adapted from Everyday Food

1 1/2 ground turkey
1/2 yellow onion, diced small
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons chopped chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
2 teaspoons cider vinegar
1 tablespoons olive oil

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
In a medium bowl, mix together turkey, onions, garlic cloves, salt and pepper.
Mix together and form into 16 meatballs.
In a small bowl, stir together honey, chopped chipotle chiles, and vinegar.
In a large ovenproof skillet, heat olive oil over medium high heat.
Add meatballs and cook until browned on all sides, 10-12 minutes.
Transfer skillet to the oven and bake for 5 minutes.
Remove from the oven, pour honey mixture over the meatballs.
Swirl skillet to coat, bake until liquid is reduced and meatballs are glazed.

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