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These easy Asian ground turkey meatballs with homemade teriyaki sauce are the perfect way to celebrate the holidays with friends and family!
Back when I was in college, I had a good friend named Shea whose family lived close enough to actually visit during the holidays unlike my own. During our freshman year Shea invited me and some of our other friends to join his family for some of their holiday celebrations since we are all a little homesick and missing our own families. Shea’s family really was my family while I was in school and still some of my favorite people to this day.
One of his family’s traditions has stuck with me since then – eating Asian takeout and watching The Christmas Story the week before Christmas. His family would always order Asian takeout and eat it on a blanket while watching the movie together. It was a tradition that I absolutely loved being a part of, something so non-traditional that I always remember it.
This year I’ve decided I want to share that tradition with my own family. However, instead of getting Asian takeout (which I don’t particularly like), we’re going to make our own starting with these teriyaki meatballs and homemade coconut rice.
This meatball recipe is a creation of my husband’s (like most of the non-baking recipes on my blog) and his meatballs are some of the only ones that I’ll actually eat. We started eating ground turkey a couple of years ago when I was trying some crazy diet that recommended ground turkey over ground beef and honestly, I like it better. Anyway, we’d always get those huge packs of ground turkey for dirt cheap at our favorite warehouse store and never know what to do with it all. But it was cheaper there than buying it in smaller packs at the regular grocery store so we made meatballs.
Everything else you need for the meatballs, we just bought it at all at Walmart including my pantry staple, plain Progresso™ Bread Crumbs. We also like the Italian style Progresso™ Bread Crumbs but they’re a better fit for this three cheese bacon mac and cheese than these Asian inspired meatballs. Progresso™ Bread Crumbs are so much better than making your own because getting bread into that fine of crumbs takes FOREVER (and I’ve tried it). Besides, Progresso™ Bread Crumbs are already homemade and delicious, so might as well save the time for something like hanging out with your family instead.
Easy Ground Turkey Meatballs with Homemade Teriyaki Sauce
The meatballs are basically just ground turkey, Progresso™ Bread Crumbs, eggs, and spices all mixed together then shaped into balls. The Progresso™ Bread Crumbs really make a big difference in giving the meatballs a nice texture inside. Bake them then top with the homemade teriyaki sauce for a delicious Asian inspired meal, perfect for watching The Christmas Story during the Christmas season.
While meatballs and coconut rice are a great start to a festive night, they’re probably not enough for a full meal especially if you’re celebrating with friends and family. Use the rest of your Progresso™ Bread Crumbs to whip up some almond chicken strips or mac and cheese for a full comfort food spread that everyone will enjoy.
- 1 ¼ lb ground turkey
- ¼ cup plus 2 tbsp plain Progresso™ Bread Crumbs
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp ginger powder
- 1 tbsp dried parsley
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 egg, scrambled
- 5 Tbs water
- 1 Tbs rice vinegar
- 1/3 cup water
- ¼ cup soy sauce or coconut aminos
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp ginger powder
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp toasted sesame seeds
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine all dry ingredients in large bowl.
- Add egg to large bowl and combine.
- Add turkey to bowl and combine all together with hands.
- Form mixture into small balls and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Put the baking sheet into the oven for 15 minutes. Remove from oven, flip over and put back in for five minutes.
- Pull meatballs out, cover with teriyaki sauce, and put back into the oven for five minutes to finish cooking.
- Combine all the ingredients and cook over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil.
- Reduce and simmer for approximately 8 minutes, or until mixture reaches desired consistency.