turkey meatballs with golden raisins and pine nuts.
But these meatballs are in a whole other category. They’re seasoned with cumin (a plus in my heart) and include sweet but tart golden raisins and toasty pine nuts. Yum. Then there’s the sauce – lemon, yogurt, garlic and more cumin. Well you’ll just have to try for yourself.
Ok, there’s a little chopping required. But then the fun begins…mixing all the ingredients up by hand! I hope you don’t have a strange phobia of having ground meat in between your fingers (or you’ll just have to use a fork…which let’s be honest is just less fun).
Turkey Meatballs with Golden Raisins and Pine Nuts
adapted from Orangette
What You’ll Need:
1 pound ground turkey (or chicken)…look for approx. cost per pound of $2.99
1 onion, diced
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
1/2 cup golden raisins (chop if they are large)
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
extra virgin olive oil
Lemon Cumin Yogurt Sauce
1 cup plain greek yogurt
juice from 1 lemon
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
salt and pepper
Using your hands (or a fork), mix all ingredients (except olive oil and yogurt sauce) in a large bowl. Don’t overmix…just until ingredients are blended together. If you mix too long meatballs will be tough.
Form meatballs into whatever size you prefer – I did about the size of a golfball since we were serving for dinner. Heat a thin film of olive oil in a heavy skillet and saute meatballs in batches, turning on all sides for even cooking. They are done when they are medium-firm to the touch (but not too hard!). Place on paper towel to catch oil.
Combine all ingredients for lemon yogurt sauce.
Serve meatballs hot, warm or cold with the sauce on the side.
TOTAL: $7.91 or $1.98 per serving.
Wondering how on earth I arrived at these costs? Take a look at my shopping guide to show see what I pay for items, per serving, etc.
439 calories per serving
25 grams of fat
25 grams protein
2 grams fiber