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Turkey meatballs with a tomato/pineapple sauce on pasta, with a side of dumplings

Turkey meatballs with a tomato/pineapple sauce on pasta, with a side of dumplings

Earlier this year I acquired a small slow cooker from my mom, but it just sat in the kitchen for many months. Eventually I decided to get experimental with making meatballs, and it turned out quite well, especially after a few iterations and tweaks. Here is my approximate recipe for anyone who would like to try replicating or improving on them. Keep in mind that I’m not all that highly experienced in the kitchen. If anything seems off or less than ideal, feel free to adjust; I’m sure I didn’t get it perfect, but merely close enough.

Meatball Ingredients

    Ingredients

    Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground turkey breast, 99% lean
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 3 tbsps olive oil*
  • 1/4 cup finely diced onion
  • 1/2 cup finely diced mushroom
  • 1/2 cup finely diced tomato
  • 1/2 chopped pineapple
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce**
  • 1 cup tomato sauce**
Diced tomatoes, onion, and mushrooms

Diced tomatoes, onion, and mushrooms

Ingredients

Diced pineapple

*to compensate for extra-lean meat
**adjust as desired for flavor and sauciness

Dumpling Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda***
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp margarine
  • 1 tsp lemon juice***
  • 1/2 cup milk

***substitute for 2 tsps baking powder

Directions

  1. Break egg in bowl and scramble.
  2. Mix in ground turkey, bread crumbs, olive oil, onion, mushroom, tomato, and 1/2 cup of barbecue and/or tomato sauce.
  3. Breadcrumbs mixed with diced veggies, oil, and sauce

    Breadcrumbs mixed with diced veggies, oil, and sauce

    Ground turkey added in with breadcrumb/veggie/sauce mix

    Ground turkey added in with breadcrumb/veggie/sauce mix

  4. Form into 14 meatballs (about 1 and 1/4 inch in diameter each) and place in slow cooker, along with evenly distributed pineapple and remaining 1 1/2 cup barbecue and tomato sauce.
  5. First layer of meatballs

    First layer of meatballs

    First layer of sauce and pineapples

    First layer of sauce and pineapples

    Second layer of meatballs

    Second layer of meatballs

    Second layer of sauce and pineapples

    Second layer of sauce and pineapples

  6. Mix dry dumpling ingredients in bowl.
  7. Mix liquid dumpling ingredients separately.
  8. Dumpling ingredients, liquid, dry, and margarine, before mixing

    Dumpling ingredients, liquid, dry, and margarine, before mixing

  9. Cut the margarine into the dry ingredients.
  10. Quickly mix the liquid ingredients in with the dry ingredients.
  11. Form into five dumplings and place on top of the meatballs.
  12. Uncooked dumplings over meatballs

    Uncooked dumplings over meatballs

  13. Cook on low for 5 to 6 hours.
  14. Cooked dumplings over meatballs

    Cooked dumplings over meatballs

Can be served with pasta, rice, or whatever other dishes you would like.

Turkey meatballs with a tomato/pineapple sauce on spaghetti, with a side of dumplings

Turkey meatballs with a tomato/pineapple sauce on spaghetti, with a side of dumplings

Thanksgiving dinner, including dumplings and meatballs, plus green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, stuffing, ham, and a croissant

Thanksgiving dinner, including dumplings and meatballs, plus green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, stuffing, ham, and a croissant

124 Comments

Comment by Amanda — 2014/12/02 @ 21:29

So uh, yeah…that looks delicious. Even more so because I’ve been lucky enough to have had a sampling over Thanksgiving luncheon!

Awesome post, dude. YUM.

Comment by mom — 2014/12/02 @ 22:12

Am I impressed! You’ve made a big jump from our cookie making days. I am going to give this a try. Good instructions and clear pictures. Keep it up.

Comment by Aunt Flo — 2014/12/02 @ 23:31

Andy, I’m so impressed with the presentation of the recipe and I’m going to try it!

Comment by Andrea — 2014/12/03 @ 08:31

I have had these meatballs and they are amazing, and the dumplings are inspired addition. I really liked the addition of BBQ sauce, it adds a smoky sweetness that pairs well with the pineapple!

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