Turkey Sweet & Sour Meatballs

Super Bowl Sunday in my opinion is an American holiday and I bet if it happened on a Monday we would all have the day off from work. Being that it’s a holiday, it often is accompanied by an abundance of food. Every party that you went to I’m sure had the staples: chips, dips, wings and probably something else you’ll regret eating later.

Turkey sweet & sour meatballs are the easiest and most rewarding appetizer that is great for a Super Bowl party and can be carried into any party you might have in the future. I make them with ground turkey instead of beef because I’m just trying to salvage something not so bad for me out of anything I consume on Super Bowl Sunday.  

It’s something that will wow your guests and consists of minimal ingredients you might have in your pantry. The bread bowl is a great way for your guest to enjoy the leftover sauce after the meatballs are all gone (which trust me it will happen faster than you think). You cannot go wrong with this great appetizer so if you make it let me know how it goes!


  •  1 lb Ground Turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 3-4 tbsp. breadcrumbs
  • 1 can Tomato Sauce
  • 1 can Jellied Cranberry Sauce

In a 3 QT sauce pan add the last two ingredients. Break up the cranberry sauce – no need to mix. Simmer on low heat and as the sauce heats make the meatballs.

To make the meatballs combine the first 3 ingredients in a bowl and using your hands combine very well. Once all combined form them into tiny balls, trying your best to make each meatball the same size – no bigger than a nickel in size. As you are forming the balls place them into the sauce mixture that is heated on the stove as you go. You don’t want the mixture to ever exceed a light simmer.

Once all the balls are in the sauce, cover and let simmer for 20 minutes THEN STIR (this should be the first time you stir the meatballs with the sauce to prevent breakage. Once stirred continue to heat up for another 30 – 40 minutes.

They should come out moist and delicious.

You can serve them in a regular bowl with some toothpicks or to fancy it up you can create a bread bowl using large round sourdough bread. Cut out the center of the bread and continue to scrape out the insides of the bread leaving a strong enough layer to hold all the meatballs while still leaving enough of the bread to create a strong wall. Toast the bread in either the toaster (or the oven at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes); pour the meatballs and the sauce in the bread bowl and serve.