Delicious meatballs baked in a flavorful Dr. Pepper sauce.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
1 hr
additional:
15 mins
total:
1 hr 40 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

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  • Place the turkey, egg, bread crumbs, ranch dressing mix, and 1 tablespoon of the Worcestershire sauce into a mixing bowl along with 3 tablespoons of the minced onion, and 3 tablespoons of the minced bell pepper. Set the remaining onion and bell pepper aside. Form the turkey mixture into 2 inch meatballs, and place into a 9x13 inch baking dish.

  • Bake uncovered in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. While the meatballs are baking, stir the remaining onion and bell pepper in a bowl along with the Dr. Pepper®, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, diced tomatoes, salt, black pepper, and garlic powder. Once the meatballs have cooked for 15 minutes, remove them from the oven and pour the sauce overtop. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and return to the oven.

  • Bake for 30 minutes, then remove the foil and continue baking 15 minutes more. Remove from the oven and allow to stand 15 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

276 calories; protein 21g 42% DV; carbohydrates 30.3g 10% DV; fat 8.1g 13% DV; cholesterol 86.1mg 29% DV; sodium 1145.1mg 46% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/02/2009
Wow! This is good! I followed the recipe except I left out the bell pepper since I didn't have any and I used dried minced onions (too lazy today to chop onions today). My package of ground turkey was 1.25lbs and I made 15 meatballs. When I added the sauce I spooned some on each meatball and I flipped them over when baking was done before letting them rest. I also resisted the urge to just put in the whole can of diced tomatoes and measured out 1 cup as written. Yum!! You can't taste the Dr. Pepper and I bet you'd get the same result with Coke too. I served them over rice and fresh broccoli. Everyone loved them!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/05/2012
I used fresh bread crumbs in the meatballs and homemade ranch dressing mix. I did not add the extra salt in the sauce. I'm sure this could be a good recipe with some doctoring--as is we didn't care for it. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 3 stars
01/05/2012
I used fresh bread crumbs in the meatballs and homemade ranch dressing mix. I did not add the extra salt in the sauce. I'm sure this could be a good recipe with some doctoring--as is we didn't care for it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/02/2009
Wow! This is good! I followed the recipe except I left out the bell pepper since I didn't have any and I used dried minced onions (too lazy today to chop onions today). My package of ground turkey was 1.25lbs and I made 15 meatballs. When I added the sauce I spooned some on each meatball and I flipped them over when baking was done before letting them rest. I also resisted the urge to just put in the whole can of diced tomatoes and measured out 1 cup as written. Yum!! You can't taste the Dr. Pepper and I bet you'd get the same result with Coke too. I served them over rice and fresh broccoli. Everyone loved them!! Read More
(20)
Rating: 5 stars
09/08/2009
Yum Yum Yum!!! This recipe was great loved the flavor it gave. The only thing I did diffrent was brown mine in a pan and place in a crock pot all the ingredients stayed the same and this was delicious. Will def do again thank you for the recipe!:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/06/2009
This was really good. Served it with white rice and everyone gobbled it up. My neighbor called for the recipe because her kids told her how much they liked it! Added this to our regular menu. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/30/2009
I have to be honest I cannot taste the Dr.Pepper.That being said the meatballs Rocked! I liked the sauce too. My son said this dish tasted like my meatloaf without the vegies. I even add extra soda to sauce to try and "DR" up the flavor didn't help. I like making it easy and I made 3 lbs of meatballs used 1/2 for tonight and will make meatloaf out of the rest some other day. Thank You Lyndsie these were fun! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/28/2010
The meatballs in this recipe were good but the sauce was not. We did not like the flavor. The combination of the Dr. Pepper and tomato created a cinnamon taste that was unappealing. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/09/2009
I made the recipe exactly as written and loved loved loved the sauce. But...the meatballs were way too mushy for our tastes. I will certainly make the sauce again but will use my regular turkey meatball recipe instead. Note...there must have been some kind of Dr. Pepper shortage in our area. 2 major supermarkets were out and the mini mart I finally went to had only one 20 oz bottle. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/28/2009
Surprisingly my kids found this too sweet. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/17/2009
Very good! Best when 93/7 ground turkey is used. Read More
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