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Recipe: Orange Turkey Meatballs And Sauce

Recipe by Laureen at Fox in the Kitchen

Summary: A versatile recipe that you can fry, or bake, serve as an appetizer, or as a main course, or change the sauce up for a completely different taste.


  • 1/4 Cup gluten-free bread crumbs, or puffed rice cereal, crushed, or finely ground in a food processor
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • orange zest, from one small orange
  • oil for frying
  • 1 medium onion, caramelized
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (398 ml, 14 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1/3 Cup water
  • 2-3 Tbsp honey or agave syrup
  • 1/4 tsp Siracha hot sauce, optional
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp gluten free tamari
  • 1 Tbsp white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch, or starch of choice


  1. In a medium bowl, combine the meatball ingredients until just blended.
  2. Roll into small meatballs, about 1 inch to serve as appetizers, or large, up to 2 inches, to serve as a main course. Fry meatballs in a large frying pan, on medium-high heat. Turn to brown on all sides. Meatballs will be done, when lightly browned on outside and no longer pink on the inside.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the sauce ingredients in a medium saucepan. Heat on medium-high heat until sauce thickens, about 10 minutes, turn heat down to simmer.
  4. Gently stir cooked meatballs into sauce. Allow to simmer in the sauce for at least 15-20 minutes to allow the flavours to meld.
  5. Serve hot. With toothpicks, as an appetiser, or spooned over mashed potatoes or rice as a main course.

Quick notes

  • Double the recipe and freeze leftover meatballs in the sauce for a quick heat and serve meal.


  • For an Asian inspired dish, serve meatballs with a ginger-sesame sauce.
  • For a Tropical flavour, serve meat balls with an Orange Pineapple sauce, or a Pina Colada Dipping sauce.
  • Prefer to bake the meatballs instead of frying? Bake the meatballs on a parchment lined baking sheet at 350°F for about 15-20 minutes. Roll the meatballs over, and bake for another 15-20 minutes. Meatballs will be done when lightly browned on outside and no longer pink on the inside. Serve hot with sauce.
Preparation time: 15 minute(s) Cooking time: 30 minute(s)

Diet tags: Gluten Free | Refined Sugar Free | Omnivore

Number of servings (yield): 2-4

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