Cream Cheese and Caramelized Onion Stuffed Turkey Meatballs (gluten-free, soy-free, low-amine)

Cream Cheese & Caramelized Onion Stuffed Turkey Meatballs with Low-Amine BBQ Sauce (gluten-free, soy-free, tomato-free, low-amine) photo

Cream Cheese & Caramelized Onion Stuffed Turkey Meatballs with Low-Amine BBQ Sauce (gluten-free, soy-free, tomato-free, low-amine). This photo is of a batch done in the frying pan.

For New Year’s Eve, I had the challenge of making an appetizer that was soy-free, gluten-free, low-amine, tomato-free, beef-free, and aged cow cheese-free. It took some serious working around, but I came up with a recipe that was an absolute hit. It took all the best parts of a gourmet burger and dropped them into a meatball appetizer. Just lovely!

BBQ Sauce (low-amine, no-tomato, gluten-free, soy-free) photo

BBQ Sauce (low-amine, no-tomato, gluten-free, soy-free)

Makes 24 meatballs

2 lb ground turkey

1 large yellow onion, finely chopped

1 bulb garlic, finely chopped

4 Tbsp Italian parsley, finely chopped

2 eggs

1 tsp salt (or salt substitute)

1 tsp black pepper

1 C gluten-free, soy-free breadcrumbs

2 tsp oregano

2 Tbsp butter (to grease pan)

Stuffing Mix:

3/4 C cream cheese

3/4 C onion, finely chopped and caramelized

2 Tbsp butter (to caramelize onion)

Sauce:

Low-Amine BBQ Sauce Substitute

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a small pan, saute stuffing mix onions with butter until caramelized. Remove from heat.
  • In a small bowl, add onions to cream cheese and mix well.
  • Grease large cookie sheet (use one that has tall edges) with butter.
  • Mix all turkey meatball ingredients together in a large bowl. Knead together well, but do not overmix.
Turkey Meatball mix photo

Turkey Meatball mix

  • Using a little less than 1/4 C meatball material, flatten out in palm of hand into a “meatball pancake.”
Turkey meatball "Meat Pancake" should be roughly this large (photo)

Turkey meatball “Meat Pancake” should be roughly this large.

  • Add small scoop (about 1 tsp) cream cheese mix in the middle, and fold the “meatball pancake” around it, shaping it into a round ball. Arrange on cookie sheet.
Cream Cheese Stuffed Turkey Meatballs, half-cooked

Cream Cheese Stuffed Turkey Meatballs, half-cooked

  • Repeat until all meatballs are stuffed.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, and remove from oven to glaze with low-amine BBQ sauce. Don’t worry if some of the cream cheese has escaped.
Cream Cheese and Caramelized Turkey Meatballs with BBQ Sauce (photo)

Cream Cheese and Caramelized Turkey Meatballs with BBQ Sauce.

  • Return to oven for another 10 minutes, or until they are cooked through.
  • Add another coat of low-amine BBQ sauce.
  • Serve hot.
Cream Cheese and Caramelized Onion Stuffed Turkey Meatballs without Sauce (photo)

Cream Cheese and Caramelized Onion Stuffed Turkey Meatballs without Sauce

Cream Cheese and Caramelized Onion Stuffed Turkey Meatballs with BBQ Sauce (served in a crock pot as a party appetizer) (photo)

Cream Cheese and Caramelized Onion Stuffed Turkey Meatballs with BBQ Sauce (served in a crock pot as a party appetizer).

Turkey Meatballs can also be done in the frying pan, but require 2T oil for frying and the cream cheese escapes more easily.

Turkey Meatballs can also be done in the frying pan, but require 2T oil for frying and the cream cheese escapes more easily. Baking was the better method.

AMINE BREAKDOWN:

Very Low Amine: onion, garlic, parsley, salt, black pepper, oregano, 

Low Amine: turkey, breadcrumbs, butter, cream cheese, Low-Amine BBQ Sauce Substitute

Moderate Amine: egg

Featured on: Cybele Pascal’s Allergen Free Cuisine

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  1. Hi Michelle:

    Please start linking back to Allergy-Friendly Friday so I can feature your great recipes! I so wanted to feature this one this week!

    all best,

    Cybele

    • Oh no! So sorry – I’m a bit of a space cadet. I think the only thing I am able to successfully keep in my head is food. I will add it to my calendar appointment to remind me to do that (yes, I require a calendar reminder every week… don’t judge!). 🙂

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