Friday Feast: Paleo Curry Turkey Meatballs

Last weekend, ground white meat turkey was on sale at Whole Foods.  What’s an aspiring cook to do, but buy the giant 3.5 pounds of turkey?  Makes sense right?  Well of course it does, if you have a plan.  Hmmm…I was missing the plan part, so I started scouring the Interwebs for some interesting recipes.

One of my recent go to websites for great recipes is PaleOMG.  Juli is hilarious, insanely fit, and knows how to make tasty food…awesome combo in my opinion!  So I searched for turkey meatballs and found this recipe for Curry Meatballs.  I love curry and I love coconut milk, so what could go wrong?  Nada.  I made a few minor tweaks to the recipe and here’s what I came up with:

For the balls
  • 1.5 lb ground turkey breast
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 2/3 cup almond flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala (homemade)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • just a hint of cinnamon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-2 tablespoons coconut oil for cooking (or other fat you like to use)
Ingredients ready to be mixed
Meatballs and Coconut Oil (YUM!)

For the awesome sauce

  • 1 (14 oz) can coconut milk
  • 1 cup organic chicken broth
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 5 teaspoons curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  1. Add all ingredients for your meatballs to a larger bowl and thoroughly mix together.
  2. Shape meatballs to the size you like. Mini meatballs or large ones are both acceptable!
  3. In a large skillet or pot, add your coconut oil then add your meatballs and diced onions from your sauce ingredients and let them brown for a couple minutes. Let the meatballs cook on both sides for about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Once the onions and meatballs have browned a bit, add the rest of the ingredients for your sauce and mix together until meatballs are covered in sauce.
  5. Cover and let meatballs and sauce simmer until the sauce thickens and meatballs have cooked through–about 5 minutes.
Browning the balls…
Cooking in Curry!
I found that 5 minutes was not enough to thicken the sauce.  I removed the lid after 5 minutes and let them cook for about 10 minutes more.  It still wasn’t thick enough for me.  I removed the meatballs and jacked up the heat on the sauce and let it boil down for another 10 minutes or so.  I also added some salt and pepper to bring out the flavor a bit more.  The sauce was delicious and I poured a ton over the meatballs.  I also topped it with some chopped scallions for some freshness.
Curry Turkey Meatballs

You MUST try this recipe…it’s so flavorful!  You’ll never know you’re eating bland, ground turkey.  Make sure to check out PaleOMG for more great recipes.  I also made a variation of Juli’s Southwest Meatloaf with the rest of the ground turkey, which was fantastic!

What are your favorite Paleo recipes?


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