turkey meatballs with golden raisins and pine nuts


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These are the most flavorful meatballs I've ever tasted! A friend found this recipe on this amazing blog called orangette.blogspot.com and it has become a staple in my kitchen. Anyone who I've introduced these to fall in love. You can eat them hot, warm or cold. They are good no matter how you eat them. They take some time to prepare but trust me, they are worth the wait!

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  • add   1 pound ground white-meat turkey
  • add   1 small yellow onion, minced
  • add   1 egg
  • add   ¼ cup finely chopped cilantro
  • add   ½ cup toasted pine nuts
  • add   ½ cup golden raisins
  • add   ½ cup fine bread crumbs
  • add   A few pinches ground cumin
  • add   ½ tsp salt
  • add   A few pinches freshly ground black pepper
  • add   Olive oil
  • add   Lemon-and-cumin yogurt sauce (see below)
  • add   Lemon-and-Cumin Yogurt Sauce
  • add   Nonfat plain yogurt
  • add   1 lemon, juiced
  • add   Garlic, finely chopped
  • add   Ground cumin
  • add   Ground chili
  • add   Salt
  • add   Pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Mix all ingredients except olive oil and yogurt sauce together in a bowl, preferably using your hands. You do want all ingredients to be evenly mixed.
  3. Form the mixture into 1 inch balls. Heat a thin film of olive oil in a heavy skillet over moderate heat, and sauté the meatballs in batches for a few minutes, getting each side brown.
  4. After all the meatballs have been browned for a few minutes, pop them into an oven at 400 degrees to continue the cooking for about 10 minutes.
  5. Place on a paper towel to catch excess oil. Serve hot, warm, or cold with yogurt sauce.
  6. For the Lemon-and-Cumin Yogurt Sauce:
  7. Mix ingredients to taste in a bowl, and keep chilled until serving.

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sshadmand 20:08, 16 Jul 2007

Thanks for packing Isaacs lunch with these the last few times he came over! The yogurt sauce really brings the dish home!

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littlemclittle 20:27, 11 Jul 2007

This recipe is in my top 10! Its great for a dinner party or as left overs for lunch -- its really good served cold.

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