Turkey Meatballs with Cilantro Lime Sauce

These low amine, low-fat turkey meatballs put a tart and spicy twist on regular meatballs. Low amine CAN be delicious. I’m playing with a version of this low amine turkey meatball to see whether I can turn it into a saucy appetizer, too. More to come!

Cilantro Turkey Meatballs

2 lbs lean ground turkey

1/2 C garlic breadcrumbs

2 eggs

Seasoning Mix:

1 Tbsp blackening seasoning

1 Tbsp garlic powder

1 Tbsp Montreal Spicy Steak seasoning

1 Tbsp sea salt

1 Tbsp cayenne

Sauce Mix:

2 bunches well-washed, chopped cilantro (about 2 cups)

10 cloves garlic

1″ fresh ginger, chopped

1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped

1 1/2 tsp ascorbic acid

1 tsp sugar

3 Tbsp water


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Add turkey, breadcrumbs, and eggs to a large bowl and knead together.
  • Mix all dry seasonings together on a plate.
  • Roll turkey into large meatballs and roll meatballs it in the seasoning mix. Pat seasonings into the turkey meatballs gently.
  • Arrange turkey meatballs in Pyrex pan.
  • Cook for 20 minutes, covered.
  • Add all “sauce mix” items to a food processor and puree until smooth.
  • After cooking 20 minutes, uncover turkey meatballs, drain off most the liquid with a spoon (I leave about 1/4″ liquid in the bottom).
  • The turkey meatballs probably shrank some. I push them together closely so that less sauce gets wasted.
  • Pour a heavy dollop of cilantro puree over the top of meatball.
  • Bake 375 degrees uncovered for 10 minutes.
  • Serve.

AMINE BREAKDOWN:

Very Low Amine: breadcrumbs, cilantro, garlic, ginger, onion, ascorbic acid, garlic powder, salt, water

Low Amine: sugar, turkey

Moderate Amine: egg, blackening seasoning, Montreal Spicy Steak Seasoning

Very High Amine: cayenne

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