Recipe: Orange Turkey Meatballs And Sauce :: Easy Like A Sunday Morning

Recipe: Orange Turkey Meatballs And Sauce :: Easy Like A Sunday Morning

Easy Like a Sunday Morning, that’s how the recipes in my “Easy” category will be. Nothing rushed or frantic, nothing with a long list of ingredients. Something that is so easy, you don’t really need a recipe. Something that almost cooks itself or requires no cooking at all.

The summer sun has finally decided to make an appearance here on the South West Coast of British Columbia. That means we’re preparing more foods on the stove top, or the barbecue. I usually bake these meatballs in the oven but because of the warm weather, I decided to fry them instead.

I guess a more traditional way to serve, or prepare this Turkey, would be with cranberries but I really like it with orange zest instead. It gives the dish a tropical flare that is especially nice during these summer months. I also used lemon zest one time, when I was out of oranges and that makes for a tasty dish as well.

Originally, the sauce recipe was too sweet, so I tweaked it a few times until I came up with this combination of caramelized onions, garlic, tomato sauce, honey, hot sauce and vinegar. It tastes a bit like a savoury sweet and sour sauce with a bit of a kick. With the citrus zest in the meatballs and this yummy tomato based sauce, your taste buds will be thoroughly entertained.

I love how versatile this recipe is. It can easily be doubled or tripled, if you’re feeding a crowd, or taking it to a pot luck dinner. Make the meatballs smaller and serve with toothpicks for appetizers, or make them larger, to serve as a main course.

You can also switch up the sauce. For a truly tropical dish, serve drenched in an Orange Pineapple sauce, or a Pina Colada Dipping sauce. Or go traditional and serve with your favourite Cranberry Sauce.

Bite size Turkey Meatballs served as a party appetizer. The ones on the left with an Orange Pineapple sauce, while the ones on the right have a Sesame Ginger sauce.

This dish also freezes quite well. Double the volume of meatballs and sauce so you will have lots leftover. Divide the leftovers into meal size portions and freeze in a freezer safe container. Allow to thaw overnight in the fridge, heat and serve the following day. Makes for a tasty dinner in no time at all!

Orange Turkey Meatballs And Sauce
Recipe type: Entree
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Summary: A versatile recipe that you can fry, or bake, serve as an appetizer, or as a main course, or change the sauce up for a completely different taste. Gluten Free | Refined Sugar Free | Real Food
*** Always refer to packaging labels for the most up to date allergy information
  1. In a medium bowl, combine the meatball ingredients until just blended.
  2. Roll into small meatballs, about 1 inch to serve as appetizers, or large, up to 2 inches, to serve as a main course. Fry meatballs in a large frying pan, on medium-high heat. Turn to brown on all sides. Meatballs will be done, when lightly browned on outside and no longer pink on the inside.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the sauce ingredients in a medium saucepan. Heat on medium-high heat until sauce thickens, about 10 minutes, turn heat down to simmer.
  4. Gently stir cooked meatballs into sauce. Allow to simmer in the sauce for at least 15-20 minutes to allow the flavours to meld.
  5. Serve hot. With toothpicks, as an appetiser, or spooned over mashed potatoes or rice as a main course.
Double the recipe and freeze leftover meatballs in the sauce for a quick heat and serve meal.
Variations: ***Please keep in mind that making substitutions will change the final outcome.

For an Asian inspired dish, serve meatballs with a ginger-sesame sauce.
For a Tropical flavour, serve meat balls with an Orange Pineapple sauce, or a Pina Colada Dipping sauce.
Prefer to bake the meatballs instead of frying? Bake the meatballs on a parchment lined baking sheet at 350°F for about 15-20 minutes. Roll the meatballs over, and bake for another 15-20 minutes. Meatballs will be done when lightly browned on outside and no longer pink on the inside. Serve hot with sauce.


Laureens Signature
To see a text listing of Laureen’s gluten free recipes, click here

For dairy, egg, nut and gluten free flour substitutions, click here

Laureen Fox on twitterLaureen Fox on pinterestLaureen Fox on linkedinLaureen Fox on instagramLaureen Fox on facebookLaureen Fox on email2
Laureen Fox
Laureen is an enthusiastic amateur cook and Canadian Food Blogger from Vancouver BC. She loves spending her days creating good wholesome food in this Fox Kitchen. Evenings will find her blogging about the best that living without gluten has to offer.


Disclaimer: this post includes some affiliate links. If you order by clicking the links, the cost to you will be the same, but I may receive a small stipend for referring you. Thank you for supporting this Fox Kitchen!

Copyright ©

facebooktwittergoogle_plusrssinstagrammailfacebooktwittergoogle_plusrssinstagrammail Dairy Free Gluten Free Quick & Easy Real Food Recipe Refined Sugar Free


    • Laureen says:

      I’m not a big fan of meatballs either but I enjoy the different flavours that come together in this recipe. The sauce is based on an old recipe that used a can of onion soup and a can of tomato soup. Most canned soup has gluten, so not good for me

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *