Slow-Cooker Moroccan Turkey Meatballs

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 3 hr 30 min
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Cook: 3 hr
  • Yield: 32 meatballs
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Ingredients

1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes

1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth

1/2 cup chopped dried apricots

1 onion, grated

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon pomegranate molasses

1 tablespoon paprika

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Juice of 1/2 lemon

1 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 3/4 pounds lean ground turkey 

1/2 cup breadcrumbs

2 tablespoons creme fraeche or heavy cream

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Pomegranate seeds and sliced scallions, for topping

Directions

  1. Combine the tomatoes, chicken broth, apricots, onion and butter in a 7-to-8-quart slow cooker. Add 2 minced garlic cloves, 1 teaspoon molasses, 1 teaspoon paprika, 1/2 teaspoon pie spice, the lemon juice, 3/4 cup cilantro, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Cover and set on high.
  2. Combine the turkey, breadcrumbs, creme fraiche, parsley and the remaining 1/4 cup cilantro, 1 minced garlic clove, 2 teaspoons paprika and 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice in a large bowl. Add the cayenne, 1 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of black pepper and mix with a spoon or your hands. Dampen your hands and form the mixture into about 32 meatballs, 1 1/2 inches each. Place the meatballs in a single layer in the slow cooker, nestling them in the sauce. Cover and cook on high, 3 hours.
  3. Just before serving, drizzle the meatballs with the remaining 1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses. Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds and scallions.
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