Cranberry Balsamic Glazed Turkey Meatballs

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Cranberry Balsamic Glazed Turkey Meatballs are sticky, sweet, and moist.  Lean ground turkey is seasoned with parmesan cheese, herbed breadcrumbs, garlic, fresh rosemary, and a little orange zest.  They are then coated with luscious glaze made with cranberry sauce, balsamic vinegar, honey, fresh rosemary, orange juice, and soy sauce.  Mini meatballs are the perfect appetizer for any dinner or holiday party.

With the holiday season in full swing, there are so many dinners, parties, and get togethers we are having.  The best part is most of them are potluck!  I love tasting what other people love to eat and cook.  Honestly, I just love the variety of food I get to have.

What’s funny is I was just having a conversation with someone about who brings meatballs to a potluck?  Especially a holiday potluck?  Usually people bring a casserole, dessert, maybe crudites and a dip, or even lasagna.  But how often do you hear someone say, “I’ll bring the meatballs”?  I’m here to change that!

These holiday meatballs will not only be showstoppers, they are going to sell like hotcakes.  A beautiful crust on the inside and moist meat on the outside, glazed in a beautiful sauce all of which takes less than 45 minutes!   Yep.  You heard right.  Less than 45 minutes.  I probably spent more time rolling the meatballs than any of the other steps combined!


  • Lean ground turkey – I know people think that if there is no fat in the meat, the meatballs will not be moist.  Trust me, we’re going to make this work!  You can also sub in ground chicken if you prefer.
  • 1 egg – that’s it.
  • Italian Herbed breadcrumbs – these add so much flavor.
  • milk – you only need a little bit but this will go a long way to keeping your meatballs moist.
  • fresh rosemary – the woodsy flavor will definitely give these babies a taste of the holidays
  • orange zest – to brighten up and give just a zing

Well, what about the glaze?  There are quite a few ingredients but it really doesn’t take much time to make this sticky sauce:

  • cranberry sauce – as the name of the glaze implies.  This adds the perfect sweetness
  • balsamic vinegar – though it’s tart, as you cook it, the sweet flavor of the balsamic will add an extra depth to the glaze
  • honey – have to make it sticky somehow!
  • soy sauce – just a hint of umami and salt
  • fresh rosemary – again, need the touch of the holidays
  • orange zest and orange juice – a bright note to get your attention
  • arrowroot powder – this thickens the sauce beautifully

Can I freeze these?
Absolutely.  Store the meatballs without the glaze in an airtight bag in the freezer for up to 3 months.  When you are ready to eat them, thaw them out overnight in the fridge and heat up in the microwave or oven.

Need some more party appetizer ideas?  Check out some of my favorites:
Tinseltown Tostadas
Blistered Shishito Peppers
Farmer’s Market Crudites Platter with Hummus Two Ways
Rosemary Caprese Skewers with a Balsamic Glaze
Garden Fresh Balsamic Bruschetta
Fresco Carpaccio

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I'm Sapna, a foodie, blogger, wife, mom of two beautiful girls, and lover of spices.  I have a background in Nutrition and Dietetics, which I use to incorporate healthy options into all of my recipes.  I love traveling to new places, trying new food, and in turn, creating them in my kitchen to relive the magic. When I'm not in the kitchen, I love curling up with a good book, playing with my munchkins, running, hanging out with friends, and gardening.

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