Did you eat enough turkey last week or are you ready for more? I know I risk being outcast for saying this, but I think the turkey is the least exciting part of Thanksgiving.  Its all about the sweet potatoes, the stuffing, pumpkin cheesecake, wine! So I am not “turkeyed out” I’m ready for more! These meatballs are quite healthy yet super tasty. If you want to serve them as a party appetizer just make them a little smaller.  Otherwise, serve them full size as an entry with brown rice, leftover mashed potatoes, or whatever you’re in the mood for.


For the Meatballs:

  • 1/4 cup Panko crumbs
  • 1-1/4 lbs  lean ground turkey (a little more or less is fine)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, minced (if you can’t find fresh ginger use 1/2 tsp ground)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 scallions (green onions), chopped
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil

For the Lime Dipping Sauce

  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 chopped fresh scallion


1. Preheat the oven to 500°F.

2. Mix the turkey, bread crumbs, egg, salt, scallions, ginger, cilantro, 1 TB soy sauce, and 2 tsp sesame oil and mix with your hands until combined well. (don’t be scared its fun)

3. Shape approximately 1/4 cup of the mixture into a ball and transfer to a baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Repeat with remaining mixture until you have 12 meatballs.

4. Bake for approximately 15 minutes until the meatballs are cooked through.

5. To make the dipping sauce, mix together the lime juice, water, soy sauce, and remaining 1 teaspoon of sesame oil in a bowl. Add the scallions and stir to combine.

6. Transfer meatballs to a serving dish and drizzle with a little sauce.  Serve with the remaining sauce on the side.


Source: The Girl Who Ate Everything