Turkey and Corn Meatballs with Roasted Pepper Sauce

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 5 min
  • Active: 55 min
  • Yield: 1 serving
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Turkey and Corn Meatballs:

1/3 pound ground turkey breast

1/3 pound ground turkey dark meat 

1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped 

1 tablespoon thinly sliced green onion 

1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped 

1/3 teaspoon cumin 

1 slice sourdough bread, diced and dried out overnight 

1 large egg, whisked 

4 tablespoons corn kernels

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon grapeseed oil

Roasted Pepper Sauce:

1 roasted red bell pepper, chopped

1 clove garlic minced 

2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped 

1/3 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon grapeseed oil 

Corn Salsa:

2 tablespoons corn kernels

1 tablespoon diced red bell pepper 

1/2 tablespoon diced red onion 

2 teaspoons lime juice 

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, 1 chopped and 1 left whole for garnish 


  1. For the turkey and corn meatballs: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine the turkey breast, dark meat, cilantro, green onions, parsley, cumin, bread, egg, corn and salt and pepper to taste in a large bowl until well mixed. Form into 3 balls.
  3. Heat the grapeseed oil in a skillet over medium heat. Sear the meatballs until browned all over, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to the oven and cook to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, about 12 minutes.
  4. For the roasted pepper sauce: In a skillet over medium heat, saute the roasted peppers, garlic, cilantro, vinegar and salt and pepper to taste in the grapeseed oil until the peppers are soft, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a blender and puree until smooth. Taste and season.
  5. For the corn salsa: In a mixing bowl, combine the corn, bell peppers, onions, lime juice and 1 tablespoon of the cilantro. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  6. To serve: Place the pepper sauce on a plate. Add the salsa and then the meatballs. Garnish with some extra cilantro leaves.