Cranberry-stuffed turkey meatballs


With bread stuffing in the meat mixture and a whole fresh cranberry nestled in the centre of each one, these turkey meatballs are one-bite turkey dinners.

All the familiar flavours are there, including fresh herbs from the garden, golden brown turkey, and a beautiful cranberry sauce for serving.


Here's how I made them:

2 tbsp butter
1/3 cup onion, small diced
1 1/4 cup bread, cut into small cubes
1 1/2 tsp fresh sage, chopped
1 1/2 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped
1 1/2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 lbs ground turkey
1 egg
1 340 g/12oz bag of fresh cranberries

While my oven preheated to 400 degrees (F), I melted my butter in a large skillet over medium/high heat. I added the onions and cooked them for a couple minutes until soft. Then I added the bread cubes, herbs, salt and pepper, and stirred gently for a few more minutes while everything got festive together, then removed the skillet from the heat.

I used the heels of a sandwich bread loaf for this simple stuffing mixture, fresh from the bag, and I cubed them a little smaller than I normally would for a turkey stuffing.


To a large mixing bowl, I added my turkey, egg, and stuffing mixture and used my hands to bring it all together. One at a time I formed the meatballs, pressing my thumb into the centre to make room for a fresh cranberry. With the cranberry tucked inside, I closed the opening and placed the meatballs on a parchment-lined baking sheet, ending up with about 30 meatballs.


The meatballs went in the preheated oven for 25 minutes to get all golden and lovely while I prepared my cranberry sauce. 

Here's how I made it:

the rest of the bag of cranberries
2/3 cup granulated white sugar
zest and juice of 1 lime
1/2 cup water


I brought all the ingredients to a boil in a large saucepan over medium/high heat. The heat was lowered to a simmer while the sauce thickened for another 5 to 6 minutes. That's it! Sweet and sour and lovely.


Perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas or a holiday potluck appetiser, or any time at all!

What do you like to make with ground turkey? Do you have an amazing cranberry sauce recipe? Leave a comment and share your links and holiday cooking ideas!

12 comments:

  1. i'm drooling here. for real!! that looks sooo yummy, and i can practically smell those off my screen. hahah. now where's that "special" latte? ox

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  2. I use the recipe on the bag of cranberries, but substitute orange juice for the water. If I have a fresh orange on hand, I slice it into thin rounds (about 1/4"), cut each circle into quarters, and add that to the mixture while it's cooking...

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  3. So excited you made these! Fab idea! So yummy!

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  4. You are so creative Amy. I love to listen to your ideas before you make (...and blog them), this one is no exception... you're a food artist!

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  6. Wow - are these ever unique and delicious looking! Too cool! And the photos are lovely and helpful. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  7. I made these tonight and they were delicious! Yum, yum, yum! Thank you!

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    1. Glad to hear it, Tessa! Thanks for trying my recipe :)

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  8. Brilliant !!!! They are in the oven right now. Can't wait to taste them . One summer my college age son and I attempted to make every possible flavor turkey meatball that we could think of. Now I can add this one to our list.

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  9. Hi Amy, so fun to wander onto your blog! I'm in your neck of the woods too. Seattle. Love BC! Especially Victoria which I don't think I could ever get enough of. :) Love your blog, so fun and fresh! These meatballs are fantastic! What a great idea. Looking forward to browsing more. Delicious Wishes, Karista

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  10. Almost a year later. Here I am looking for things to do with my Thanksgiving leftovers. I took your idea and simply used the turkey and stuffing already made. Delicious. and Festive.

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