Caramelized onions are one of the most delicious recipe additions. On top of a burger, in French onion soup, breakfast casserole...delicious. They should be in more recipes, and in an effort to make that happen, I added them to turkey meatballs. Turkey is one of those meats that is really complemented by sweet flavors.
Take your time caramelizing the onions since they are a major source of flavor and provide moisture to the meatballs to keep them tender. I was meal prepping when I made them, so I let them hang out in the skillet, deepening in color, for 45 min. Since these onions take a little extra effort, you might want to double or triple the batch and use them in a different recipe or freeze for later!
Feel free to substitute ground pork or chicken with this recipe. Both would be great options.
Serve these as a main course, over mashed regular or sweet potatoes with a side of veggies. Another option is to make small ones and serve them as a hot appetizer, which is really nice for winter parties.
Caramelized Onion Turkey Meatballs
4 tsp oil, divided
2 cups red or sweet onion, thinly sliced
1 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp dried sage
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp dried rosemary
pinch of nutmeg
1 lb ground turkey (I used 93% lean)
1 tsp arrowroot powder
1 cup low-sodium chicken, turkey, or vegetable broth
salt and pepper
1. Heat half the oil over medium heat. Add the onions and saute until translucent. Add the honey and keep cooking until they develop a brown color. Add water as necessary to keep the onions from sticking. Remove from pan to the side and allow to cool slightly. Wipe out the pan to remove onion bits that might scorch so the pan is ready to brown the meatballs. Onions can be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated until use.
2. Once the onions are cool enough to handle, blend in the sage, garlic and onion powders, rosemary, nutmeg, turkey, and salt and pepper, to taste. Roll into any size meatballs you prefer.
3. Heat remaining oil over medium heat. Brown the meatballs on all sides and cook through. Remove to the side to rest. Blend arrowroot with broth and deglaze the pan with the mixture. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat to thicken and reduce to half, then pour over the meatballs. You can strain the sauce by pouring it through a wire mesh strainer to make it smoother, if you prefer.
4 servings. 21 Day Fix containers per serving: 1 red, 1/2 green, 1 tsp
Labels: 21 Day Fix, appetizer, gluten-free, hors d’oeuvre, main course, onion, Paleo, Primal, turkey