Yummy Fixins: Turkey meatballs with apple cider glaze (recipe) | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Yummy Fixins: Turkey meatballs with apple cider glaze (recipe)

Nothing says fall quite like apple cider, which makes these tasty meatballs a perfect fall dish.
Courtesy Arica Davis / Yummy Fixins |

Fall connotes different things to different people. For me, it’s apple cider, which is versatile on its own (hot or cold) or as an ingredient for seasonal dishes.

Adding a sweet cider glaze to meatballs transforms them (also, it makes them addictive!). It’s easy to make this recipe gluten-free by replacing the breadcrumbs with gluten-free breadcrumbs or flour, and the soy sauce for tamari.

You can also turn this recipe into a burger and use the glaze to coat the burger patties after cooking, serving it on a sweet roll with some caramelized onions.

Apple Cider Glazed Meatballs

Makes about 20 meatballs


1 pound ground turkey

1 egg

½ cup plain bread crumbs

1 clove garlic, finely diced

¼ cup shallot or onion, finely diced

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

½ cup peeled shredded apple, drain on paper towel

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a large bowl, add all of the ingredients. Mix to combine. Roll into 1-inch balls. Place the meatballs on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes.

Pro tip: When making meatballs be sure to make one sample ball and cook it for taste before rolling the rest of them. This way you know if you need more seasoning before preparing the entire batch.

Apple Cider Glaze

1 cup apple cider

1 tablespoon soy sauce

½ teaspoon ground ginger

¼ cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon chile sauce or red pepper flakes

2 tablespoon cornstarch

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until smooth. Place into a large skillet. Cook on medium-high heat until thickened and bubbling. Once the sauce is thick, add in the cooked meatballs and coat with sauce. Cook until meatballs are warmed all the way through. Transfer glazed meatballs to a serving dish. Serve warm and enjoy!

Chef Arica Davis is owner/operator of Yummy Fixins, Personal Chef Services and Pasta Parties. Visit http://www.yummyfixins.com to book your next dinner party.

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