Sweet & Sour Turkey Meatballs Recipe

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Decorating with the winter fruit pomegranate is an old holiday tradition, but few people know what to do with them afterward. Here is a great potluck or buffet recipe for Christmas parties that's seasonal, easy, and delicious. —Christine Wendland, Browns Mills, New Jersey
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 2 hours
MAKES:60 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 2 hours
MAKES: 60 servings


  • 4 thick-sliced peppered bacon strips
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 jar (18 ounces) apricot preserves
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 bottle (8 ounces) taco sauce
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate juice

Nutritional Facts

1 meatball: 68 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 114mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.


  1. Place bacon in a food processor; cover and process until finely chopped. In a large bowl, combine the egg, bread crumbs, cilantro, salt and pepper. Crumble turkey and bacon over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls.
  2. Place in two ungreased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pans. Bake at 400° for 8-10 minutes or until no longer pink.
  3. In a 4-qt. slow cooker, combine the preserves, tomatoes, taco sauce and juice. Stir in meatballs. Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours or until heated through. Yield: about 5 dozen.
Originally published as Sweet & Sour Turkey Meatballs in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2012, p22

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