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Posted by on Dec 7, 2012 in appetizers, Autoimmune Protocol, dairy free, gluten free, grain free, healthy snack, Holidays, homemade for the holiday, lunch, main dish, paleo, Uncategorized | 11 comments

Sticky & Sweet Turkey Meatballs





These meatballs are the perfect holiday appetizer. The sticky, sweet pomegranate molasses and garlic sauce is the most amazing flavor combination! This will be a crowd pleaser, I promise you.

The meatballs themselves can stand quite proudly on their own. Turkey and cranberries are a favourite holiday combination and it works so well in a meatball. I always try to add greens in my food and with kale still in season, I chopped some up and threw it in; my children were none the wiser.

You can serve the meatballs with the sauce on the side as a dip (pictured below)

or you can toss them in the sauce and serve ;


When I make meatballs for appetizers, I prefer to bake them in the oven. I find that I end up with a more consistent and appealing shape compared to browning them in a pan. I have added the sauce in 2 different ways: (1.) Once baked on a lined cookie sheet, I will either end the cooking time a bit early and toss them in an oven safe deep dish with the sauce and bake for about 10 minutes; or (2.) to get a more sticky glaze, I will just toss the fully cooked meatballs in the hot, fresh sauce and serve. You could also freeze the meatballs ahead of time and then add them and the sauce to your slow-cooker a few hours before serving.


This is another recipe card you can attach to your gift of Homemade Pomegranate Molasses

P.S. Leave out the sunflower seeds and Egg to make this Autoimmune Friendly


I shared this recipe with: Fat Tuesday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Allergy Free Wednesdays, Gluten FreeWednesdays


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  1. Love the turkey balls … Will be serving those for sure. Thanks for the refreshing ideas

    • Thank you Suzanne! I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

  2. These look great! I love the sound of sticky sauce with pomegranate molasses. Thanks for posting!

    • Thank Eileen :) They were a huge hit at my house

  3. Thanks for the recipe! This looks great.

    How much turkey is there in “one package” of turkey? It would be helpful to have a more specific measurement here. Ground turkey comes in many different sizes of packages here!

    • The packages are usually between .50-.60 Kg. So slightly over 1lb.

  4. I found this by clicking on Heal Thyself’s Facebook link to your breakfast-in-a-jar, spotted the Homemade for the Holidays link. This looks wonderful, and I LOVE the Pinit feature right on the recipe cards. Thanks!

    • Glad you are here! These are so good! Pomegranate’s are in season :)

  5. If I freeze ahead of time to throw in the crockpot, do I cook the meat balls first?? I have a potluck at the end of the month and this would be great to start in the morning and have by lunch!

    • yes, I would cook fully first, then just reheat in crockpot :)

  6. Oh my goodness I should have made a double batch. SO good.


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