Turkey Cocktail Meatballs with Orange Cranberry Glaze


You can make these ahead and freeze them without the glaze, then the day of the party, defrost them and simply reheat in the sauce.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
32 meatballs


  • 1 ¼ pounds ground turkey

  • ¼ teaspoon poultry seasoning

  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper

  • 1 large egg, beaten

  • ¼ cup milk

  • ½ cup plain bread crumbs

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 cup canned jellied cranberry sauce

  • ½ cup orange marmalade

  • ½ cup chicken broth

  • 1 tablespoon minced jalapeno pepper

  • 1 tablespoon minced Fresno pepper

  • 1 pinch salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Mix the turkey, poultry seasoning, garlic salt, onion powder, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and cayenne pepper together in a bowl. Stir in the egg, milk, and bread crumbs. Cover with plastic and refrigerate for 1 hour.

  2. Heat olive oil in skillet over medium heat. Roll the turkey mixture into balls, about one tablespoon each. Place the meatballs in a single layer in the skillet. Brown meatballs on all sides, flipping occasionally. Place browned meatballs on a clean baking sheet. Set aside.

  3. Combine cranberry sauce, marmalade, and chicken broth over medium heat in the skillet used to cook the meatballs. Stir in the jalapeno and Fresno peppers, then return meatballs to skillet. Reduce heat to medium-low, and continue to cook until the meatballs are no longer pink in the center and glaze is reduced. Season with salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

265 Calories
9g Fat
33g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 265
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 80mg 27%
Sodium 647mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 26g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 3mg 16%
Calcium 46mg 4%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 226mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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