Sunday, November 2, 2014

Thai Turkey Meatballs - SRC

For this month's Secret Recipe Club, I was assigned to Andrea's blog, "Adventures in All Things Food."  In actuality, I imagine that Andrea's life itself is full of adventures.  Not only does she have three lovely children, but she's raising them on her a farm.  That means that she picks her own food, fresher than any supermarket's, preserves it, and provides her family with delicious things to last them the whole winter.  In addition, she loves the fact that she's able to also provide her children with "a memorable childhood."  While I'm sure it's a lot of work, from the look of the family pictures on her blog, it looks like they also make the work a lot of fun.

After looking through all her wonderful recipes, I originally wanted to make her Chocolate Brioche.  However, since I needed dinner more than I needed bread, I ended up making her Thai Grilled Chicken Patties.  I'm a big fan of Asian food and they sounded so flavorful what with the inclusion of jalapenos, ginger, garlic, and soy sauce.  Not to mention, Andrea added some grated zucchini and carrots which gives a nice boost of veggies to up the healthy factor.  I did make several changes to the recipe.  First, I used ground turkey instead of ground chicken since that's what was available in my supermarket.  Then, I formed the mixture into meatballs instead of patties.  Finally, since I don't have a grill, I just baked them in my oven.


I admit, that I did leave out the fish sauce in these since I just didn't have any and was reluctant to buy a bottle of it just for this recipe.  However, these meatballs were still really flavorful and I loved how the jalapeno and ginger shone in these.  Dipping them into sweet chili sauce as Andrea recommended was also a nice touch.  After enjoying these for dinner one night, I gladly ate the rest as leftovers the following night.

Thanks Andrea for your delicious recipe!       

Thai Inspired Chicken Meatballs (adapted from Adventures in All Things Food)

 1 1/2 lbs. ground turkey meat
1/2 white onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 c. zucchini, grated and drained
1 carrot, grated
1 Tbsp. fresh ginger, grated
1 tsp. lime zest
2 tsp. soy sauce
2 Tbsp. fish sauce (I omitted this)
1 large egg
1/2 c. panko breadcrumbs

sweet chili dipping sauce

Combine all the ingredients and mix well.  Form into meatballs and place on a baking sheet lined with foil.  Bake at 350F for 20-25 min. until cooked through.  Serve with sweet chili dipping sauce.


  1. I am thrilled you enjoyed them Lisa! This is a recipe I pull out every so often. Always a crowd favorite. Thank you for your kind words. I really enjoy the recipes you post here.

  2. Oh this looks fantastic yum! Andrea always has some of the best recipes and this one looks like a keeper. Great pic!

  3. mmm these sound very flavorful & delicious!

  4. I love meatballs of all kinds and the flavors in these ones sound out of this world!


  5. Yum! I love Asian meatballs. Don't be afraid of fish sauce; it smells like death, but it adds really awesome savory flavor to all kinds of Asian dishes.

  6. Yum! I love any meatballs, but especially ones with unique flavors like this one!

  7. These look really good! I love the idea of the jalapeno and ginger. I don't have any fish sauce either, and I'm with you - I hate to buy a specialty ingredient when I don't know what else I'm ever going to use it for.

  8. These would be perfect for a little nibble/starter for a Christmas function. Great choice!

  9. these look absolutely delicious! Love Thai flavours. I am now a follower of your blog! Check out my food blog at: