Honey Chipotle Turkey Meatballs

October 17, 2014

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chipotle honey turkey meatballs

Chipotle is a great, versatile chile that can be incorporated into so many dishes. Whether those dishes are savory or sweet, the intense smoky spice from the chile is a great addition that can take a dish to a new level of taste.

Chipotle chiles in adobo are a staple in my pantry. Because a little goes a long way, La Morena brand chipotles in adobo are packed in small 7-ounce cans.  The adobo sauce is what I use most to season my dishes on a day to day basis. Because the chile’s  heat can be intense, I like to blend the individual chiles with an ingredient that will tame the heat but will not mask the unique smoky flavor of the chile.  Ingredients such as table cream, creme fraiche, sour cream or even goat cheese balance the flavor to an enjoyable level of piquant flavor.

Honey Chipotle Turkey Meatballs

Because holiday parties are right around the corner, appetizers will be on every party planner’s mind. Simple pick-up food such as a basic turkey meatball recipe, can be improved 100 times with an easy but flavorful dipping sauce.

By pairing up the burn of the chipotle adobo with the sweet taste of raw honey, your meatball recipe will become alive with a chipotle honey dipping sauce made in under five minutes.  It’s that easy.

Find La Morena products at your local supermarket. I shop for mine at my Ralph’s grocery store.  They can be found in the Hispanic product isle.

Honey Chipotle Turkey Meatballs

Honey Chipotle Turkey Meatballs
Makes 36

1.25 pounds ground turkey
1 Roma tomato, finely chopped
1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon chicken flavor bouillon
3 tablespoons breadcrumbs
1/4 cup (packed) fresh cilantro, chopped
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon canola oil
1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds, toasted

Ingredients for Honey Chipotle Sauce 
4 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon chipotle chile adobo
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

Preheat oven 350°F.

In a large bowl combine all ingredients.  Mix with hands until thoroughly combined.

Scoop out 2 tablespoons turkey meat and roll into meatball.  Repeat with the rest of the meat mixture.  Place meatballs on a large tray lined with wax paper and set aside.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add turkey meatballs and sear, carefully shaking pan; 2 minutes.  Sear in batches if skillet is too small.

Return meatballs to wax paper lined tray and bake for 20-25 minutes  or until completely cooked. Serve with honey chipotle sauce and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds.

Instructions for Honey Chipotle Sauce
In a medium bowl, combine honey, soy sauce, adobo and lemon juice.  Whisk until thoroughly combined.  Pour over meatballs or serve on the side for dipping.

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