Sweet and Spicy Crock Pot Turkey Meatballs and A Delicious Side Dish
This past week, I have been trying to eat wholesome and healer meals. My goal is to eat nutritious meals jam packed with vitamins and minerals for every meal. I have been doing great by eating things like salmon, fresh vegetables, and turkey. Replacing high carb, and red meat meals has been fun, and actually quite tasty; especially when it came to yesterday’s Sweet and Spicy Crock Pot Turkey Meatballs.
Typically, I make hamburger based meatballs for my family, but since I wanted a more nutritious protein I went with turkey. The very best part about slow cooking meatballs for 6 hours in a from scratch sauce is that they actually tasted like beef! I had to tell my husband they were turkey which amazed him! My family typically loves my recipe for sweet and sour meatballs but I had none of those ingredients in the house and wanted something other than traditional red sauce.
Like most kids, my three can be very picky when it comes to accompanying side dishes. They are not fans of mashed potatoes, most veggies, or even steak fries. I was anxious to see if they were going to enjoy the Veggie Fries we picked up from Stop & Shop for them. I figured they would make a great side dish for the turkey meatballs.
Here are the ingredients I used for my “everything but the kitchen sink” sweet and spicy turkey meatballs:
- 2 lbs of all natural ground turkey
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1/3 cup cheddar cheese
- 1 tablespoon mustard
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 1/2 cup gluten free breadcrumbs *you can use regular panko
- sea salt, onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper to taste
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1 tablespoon sriracha
- 1/2 cup white diced onions
- black pepper, chili powder to taste
In a large bowl add all of the above meatball ingredients and mix with clean hands. Form meat mixture into balls, and place them into a slow cooker.
In a large bowl combine all of the sauce ingredients, and whisk well.
Pour sauce over the top of meatballs and slow cook for 6 hours on low.
Enjoy these Gluten Free Meatballs!