Sweet 'n' Sassy Meatballs Recipe
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Sweet 'n' Sassy Meatballs Recipe

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When Dawn Onuffer, Crestview, Florida, declares, “The buffet is open,” guests make a beeline for the meatballs. “The combination of lean turkey, sausage, chili sauce and preserves is scrumptious!”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:52 servings
Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 52 servings


  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 cup chili sauce, divided
  • 1 cup soft whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 pound Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sugar apricot preserves

Nutritional Facts

1 meatball equals 42 calories, 2 g fat (trace saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 179 mg sodium, 3 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic Exchange: 1/2 lean meat.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, Worcestershire sauce and 2 tablespoons chili sauce. Stir in the bread crumbs, onion, oregano, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Crumble turkey and sausage over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls.
  2. Place on a rack coated with cooking spray in a shallow baking pan. Bake at 375° for 15-20 minutes or until meat is no longer pink.
  3. In a large bowl, combine apricot preserves and remaining chili sauce. Add meatballs and toss gently. Place in a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until glazed, stirring every 3 minutes. Yield: about 4 dozen.
Originally published as Sweet 'n' Sassy Meatballs in Country Woman December/January 2008, p37

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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Reviewed Sep. 18, 2015

"The timing for baking should be less than 15 and temperature should be 350! Using turkey Italian sausage and lean turkey meat made is very hard and was not juicy at all. I guess I will add some oil to it or mix it with the regular ground meet. The Chili sauce and apricot were very good and added a nice taste to it."

Reviewed Feb. 10, 2011

"I forgot to rate the recipe

Marilyn Barter from Montreal Quebec Canada"

Reviewed Feb. 10, 2011

"I made these for a farewell lunch at work.

Because I was serving them with a tomato sauce & pasta, I adjusted the recipe.
I did not add the chili sauce, the Italian sausages nor the apricot preserves.
For the bread crumbs, I used Pastene Italian flavoured bread crumbs that are not available everywhere. They have Romano cheese, herbs & spices.
I was looking for a recipe for turkey meatball s because we have a new employee who does not eat beef.
Well, they are delicious! I used a hand held meatball press. I coated it with olive oil so the meat didn't stick. I wore surgical gloves to firmly shape the meatballs because the press doesn't quite do it. I baked them in the oven the day before & warmed them up in the oven 1 hour before lunch. I got rave reviews from everyone. Today we are having leftovers because of course I cooked too much pasta & we can't waste the meatballs.
Thank you Taste of Home for another delicious recipe. OBTW I also served fresh baked whole wheat rolls made on the weekend with my bread machine. The recipe is my favourite whole wheat bread machine recipe from Taste of Home.
Smacking my lips in Montreal Quebec Canada
Marilyn Barter"

Reviewed Jul. 23, 2009

"Commercially prepared chili sauce is not (in my estimation anyway) all that spicy, but I would think that plain old tomato ketchup would be an adequate alternative.  "

Reviewed Jun. 18, 2009

"What can I use in place of chili sauce? My husband cannot have anything spicy.


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