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Sweet and Sour Turkey Meatballs

A popular party dish made just a bit more healthy with the ground turkey meat. Although it’s the Chinese sweet and sour sauce that really makes it!

1 package ground turkey (1-1/4 pounds)
1/2 cup plain bread crumbs (Progresso brand)
1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger root
1 scallion, including the green top
1 egg
2 tablespoons soy sauce (Kikkoman brand)
1 teaspoon pure sesame oil
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon sugar
Canola oil or Pam cooking spray

Sweet and Sour Sauce:
½ cup water
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup ketchup
¼ cup white vinegar
1 tablespoon cornstarch dissolved in 2 tablespoons of water

Peel and finely grate the fresh ginger root. Wash and trim the green onion, finely chop.  In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey with bread crumbs, ginger root, green onions, egg, soy sauce, sesame oil, salt and sugar. Mix together thoroughly.  In a small bowl, dissolve 1 tablespoon cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water together and set aside.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Scoop 1 tablespoon of the turkey mixture, use palm of hands roll into a 1 inch round meatball. For easy clean up, spray cooking spray onto a large cookie sheet before placing meatballs.

To Cook:
Bake the meatballs for 15 minutes.  For the sauce:  Combine  water, sugar, ketchup and white vinegar in a medium sized pot.  Stir over medium heat and bring to a boil. Add dissolved cornstarch, stir for a few seconds until the sauce has thickened and becomes clear. Turn off heat.  When the meatballs are done, add the baked meatballs to the pot and coat well with sauce. Note: The sauce will only lightly coat the meatballs for flavor. Serve warm.

Makes about 40 meatballs
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Baking and cooking time: 18 minutes

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