Recipe: Turkey Meatballs with Tomato Chipolte Sauce

I will apologise in advance for:

  1. The lack of posts as I have broken my elbow so have had to learn to type one handed, which is not very productive!
  2. Spelling errors (see above)
  3. The quality of the photos are not great as I took them on my phone, one handed. Lesson learnt & the camera will be brought out for all future pictures!

Turkey Meatballs with Tomato Chipolte Sauce

  • Servings: 3-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 500g Turkey Mince
  • Breadcrumbs of 2 slices of bread
  • 2 red onions
  • 1 thinly sliced Orange or Yellow Pepper
  • Small bunch of coriander
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed)
  • Small packet of passata (400ml / 500g)
  • Chipoltes in adobo (you can buy from delis) or store bought chipolte paste
Macros Calories Carbs Fat Protein
Per serving, based on 4 servings 315 12 17 28

 

First up is assembling the meatballs. To do this, you need to finely chop the top part of the coriander, leaving the bulk of the stems aside. I used my food processor for this but you can easily use a knife. In terms of how fine, it’s a personal thing as I don’t mind the leaves not being too fine which is how I left them. You will also need to finely chop 1/4 of an onion but I would recommend making this as fine as you can.

Throw together the coriander, onion. turkey mince, breadcrumbs & egg into a large bowl. Using your hands mush together so that it’s all combined.

BowlMix it up

Once combined, it’s time to roll! Depending on how big you want your meatballs & how many mouths you are feeding, roll the meatballs into even sized balls. The recipe can generate about 16 meatballs, although as you can see on the picture, ours were on the large size!

Meatvalls

Using either a little oil or oil spray, brown the meatballs in a frying pan. Set aside once browned.

browned meatballs

Put the meatballs aside, finely chop the coriander stalks & finely slice the red onions. Cook these along with the garlic & peppers for 5 minutes.

Sauce

The next part depends on whether you are using paste or chipoltes and your spice preference. If you’re not a big fan of heat, add a tablespoon of paste or the adobo sauce. If, like us, you like heat, add more. We used chipoltes in adobo & whizzed up 2 of them, along with some sauce to use. Add this along with the passata to the pot.

Sauce

Add in 100ml of water to the sauce & simmer for 10 minutes.

Throw in the meatballs (not literally or they will break) & make sure they are coated in the sauce. Leave to cook for 5 minutes.

Meatballs

You can serve the meatballs with spaghetti, rice or since they are so full of flavour, you can eat them on their own!

Meatballs

Homemade Christmas Food Gifts

For regular readers, you may have read my post about Caledonian Hampers & their foodie gifts. Sometimes, however, the personal touch is best, especially when it comes to Christmas.

I’ve compiled a list of food gift ideas that you can make to give to your loved ones this Christmas. Given that there’s just under 4 weeks, all of these can be prepared in advance, whether it be weeks or a couple of days which gives plenty of time to be organised!

For jars to store things like jams & chutneys, I would highly recommend Ikea (if you can get to one) as they have jars from 80p that are ideal sizes for giving presents. Other places you can buy containers from are Hobby Craft, Lakeland, Argos, eBay & Amazon. To decorate your gifts, items such as festive ribbon & labels can add a personal touch. I got some beautiful ribbon from Hobby Craft which was £2 for 3 metres. BBC Food & Delicious Magazine both have amazing print off labels that you can use on jars or bags. BBC Good Food also have a handy guide on how to make a Christmas Hamper.

I’ve included what I think is a varied list, without going overboard (cutting it down was very hard). However, if you know of others, please let me know & I will update the list.