Slow-Cooker Turkey Meatballs



Serves: 6 (serving size: 3 meatballs, 1 cup sauce)

Recipe Time

Prep: 20 Minutes
Cook: 7 Hours, 30 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 260
Fat 11 g
Satfat 3 g
Monofat 0.0 g
Polyfat 0.0 g
Protein 15 g
Carbohydrate 26 g
Fiber 1 g
Cholesterol 90 mg
Iron 2 mg
Sodium 556 mg
Calcium 51 mg


1 pound lean (85%) ground turkey
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup panko
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 red bell pepper, seeded, cut into 1/4-inch dice
1/4 cup rice vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 20-oz. can pineapple chunks in 100% juice, drained, juice reserved


1. Line a plate with paper towels. Mix turkey, onion, garlic, ginger, egg, panko and salt in a bowl. Shape into 1 1/2-inch balls.

2. Warm vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook meatballs, turning, until browned, about 8 minutes. Drain on lined plate; transfer to slow cooker. Scatter bell pepper on top.

3. Whisk together vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, crushed red pepper and 1 Tbsp. cornstarch; pour over meatballs. Cover; cook on low for 5 to 7 hours. Whisk remaining cornstarch into juice. During last 30 minutes of cooking, stir in pineapple and juice mixture.


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Genevieve Ko,


July 2013
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