Pistachio-Turkey Meatballs in Orange Sauce Recipe
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Pistachio-Turkey Meatballs in Orange Sauce Recipe

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Pistachios and a bright, spicy orange sauce flavored with honey and basil make these mini-meatballs a real party favorite. — Jeanne Holt, Mendota Heights, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:54 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 54 servings


  • 2/3 cup chopped pistachios
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 Italian sausage link (4 ounces), casing removed
  • SAUCE:
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons white wine
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pistachios

Nutritional Facts

1 meatball: 49 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 66mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0g fiber), 2g protein .


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Add turkey and sausage; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 1-in. balls.
  2. Place meatballs on greased racks in shallow baking pans. Bake 18-20 minutes or until cooked through.
  3. In a large skillet, heat butter and oil over medium heat. Add red pepper and pepper flakes; cook and stir 2-3 minutes or until red pepper is tender. Add wine; cook 1 minute longer.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk cornstarch, orange juice, broth, honey and orange peel until blended. Stir into pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in basil and meatballs. Sprinkle with pistachios. Yield: 4-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Pistachio-Turkey Meatballs in Orange Sauce in Taste of Home November 2013

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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ejshellabarger 217268
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2015

"While the meatballs themselves taste fine, I didn't care for the orange sauce at all. I brought the dish to the potluck anyways and I was shocked at how many people liked the dish. I was told the recipe reminded them of thai food. So, while I won't make it again because I didn't like the dish, I was happy that the meatballs were gobbled up by those who enjoyed the unique flavors."

gailkurp 193495
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2014

"These were really different and everyone enjoyed them! There is a lot of flavors going on with this dish, but it all came together in a nice way. It needed a few tweaks - I increased the salt and added soy sauce to both the meatballs and the sauce and it gave this dish the depth it needed. Will definitely make again."

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