Turkey Meatballs in Chipotle Sauce

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Confession: In the two years that Rick & I have been living together in Portland, I have had guests over for dinner twice. Yep – TWO times!!! I know, I know… Hard to believe, seeing that I have this ‘lil old food blog and everything. But I also have a full-time job that keeps me pretty darn busy during the week! And, we go out of town on the weekends… a lot!

I’m making a resolution to change this, and have more guests over… Plus, Rick and I can’t drink all of the wine that we got on our Walla Walla trip alone. Well… We definitely can, but I’ve heard that it’s nice to share. So, when Farm Rich presented me with this challenge to hack their snacks, I gladly took it on! #FarmRich produces frozen products that are quick and easy to prepare – stuffed ravioli, mozzarella sticks, jalapeno poppers, and turkey meatballs, which I found at my Walmart Neighborhood Market. I love shopping there because it’s quick in-and-out, and right down the street.

So guys, let’s talk about THIS SAUCE – It’s really, really good! And, super easy to make! Just five simple ingredients, plus a little cilantro sprinkled over the top. I was licking the bowl… Best of all, this dish comes together super quick. Perfect for a weeknight get together with friends. As an extra bonus, these meatballs can be served as an appetizer or a light dinner. Try serving them with rice, or a bowl of pasta, with some grated cheese sprinkled on top.

PS – I will refrain from said bowl-licking when company comes over. Although guests are highly encouraged to partake in such activity…

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NOW – Who’s coming over for dinner?

Tips for Making Turkey Meatballs in Chipotle Sauce:

  • These meatballs can also be made in a slow cooker to make things even easier! Just follow steps 1 + 2 above, them place the meatballs in slow cooker, pour sauce over them, and cook for 2 hours, on low.
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Turkey Meatballs in Chipotle Sauce

Course: Appetizer
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 109 kcal
Author: Platings & Pairings
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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 28- ounce can fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1-3 in chipotle peppers adobo sauce (start with one add more to taste) + 1 tablespoon adobo sauce
  • Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 package Farm Rich Turkey Meatballs
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup sour cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oil in a large, deep skillet over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are softened, about five minutes.
  2. Place onion and garlic in blender with tomatoes, cumin, chipotle peppers and adobo sauce; process until smooth.
  3. Return the sauce to the skillet and add meatballs. Bring to a rapid simmer over medium-high heat. Cover, reduce heat to low, and cook 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Serve immediately, drizzled with sour cream, if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Turkey Meatballs in Chipotle Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 109 Calories from Fat 68
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7.5g 12%
Saturated Fat 2.5g 13%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 169.5mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 7.5g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2.1g 8%
Sugars 4.4g
Protein 4.2g 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

Wine Pairings for Spicy Meatballs:

  • Red:   Malbec, Tempranillo, Zinfandel and Pinot Noir (which I chose) will all pair nicely with the spicy notes in this dish. You’ve got some flexibility, so go with something you think your guests will enjoy.
  • White:   Riesling (my old standby) and Viognier are great matches for the heat of this dish.

 

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5 comments

  1. Renée ♥ The Good Hearted Woman

    We have the same challenge when it comes to entertaining at home. It seems like life is just so busy, and if you don’t plan it, it doesn’t happen. These days, I have to schedule out at least a month to get together with anyone, which is hard for me because I’m that friend who would rather just to call when I feel inspired and say, “Hey, wanna come over and BBQ tonight?” (It sucks that not everyone will run at my beck and call, right?) Anyway, these meatballs look great – I will have to try them out! Thanks, Erin!!

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    1. Erin

      I TOTALLY agree Renée! It’s so hard to get together with friends, but it’s great when it actually does happen! I plan about a month ahead of time too!

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  2. Sabina

    Holy moly–yum!! I definitely understand how it’s hard to make the time/commitment for a dinner party, but I think it’s well worth it.

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    1. Erin

      I agree Sabina – Totally worth it!!! We should all do it more often!

      Reply

  3. Melinda

    What a great finger food idea! Thanks for sharing!

    Reply

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