Thursday, March 7, 2013

Sesame Crusted Turkey Meatballs

I recently attended a baby shower where the theme was 'ready to pop' and by pop I mean popcorn! The table was laden with bowl upon bowl of different flavoured popcorn while every other dish was sized down to resemble some form of a pop.

When I first learned of the theme I was so excited by the possibilities, but it soon had me racking my brain trying to come up with a dish that was 1) relatively healthy 2) savory in nature and 3) looked like popcorn. Eventually I hit upon the idea of coating mini turkey meatballs in a sesame seed crust to resemble little popcorn balls. Bloody brilliant was what I thought. That was until I realised no such recipe existed on the internet, at least none that I could find. After a little improvising and trial and error I believe I've finally perfected a recipe that was good enough to serve up at a party and more importantly, good enough to share on this blog. So here you have it- mini thai style turkey meatballs in a sesame seed crust. Enjoy!

Sesame-crusted Turkey Meatballs

1-1/2lb turkey mince
1/4 cup panko
1 egg
1tbsp ginger minced
2 cloves garlic minced
1 small shallot minced
3 scallions finely chopped
2 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp sesame oil
2 tsp chinese cooking wine (optional)
2 cups roasted sesame seeds to coat
Peanut oil for frying
Sweet chili sauce to serve

1. Combine turkey, egg, panko, ginger, garlic, shallot, scallions, soy sauce, sesame oil, salt and cooking wine in a large bowl.
2. Mix with hands till well combined. Microwave a spoonful of mixture to check if more seasoning is required.
3. Shape 1tsp of meat mixture into a ball and place on tray. Repeat.
4. Once you have a full tray of meatballs, generously coat with sesame seeds. Shake tray to coat underside of meatballs.
5. Heat up enough peanut oil in a pan so meatballs are half immersed.
6. Fry meatballs on medium heat for 2 minutes on either side to crisp the sesame seeds.
7. Transfer back to tray and finish cooking in oven at 350F degrees for 5 minutes depending on size of meatballs.
8. Serve with ample sweet chili sauce or another condiment of choice.

*recipe yields roughly 30 mini meatballs


Elle said...

These look and sound delish! A perfect party app but I really want to make them just because now!

elle [wonderfelle world]

The Dragonfruit said...

Omgsh, my mouth is watering now! I so need to try this one weekend :D

Trendy Teal

fabulouspetite said...

great minds think alike. I just made a sesame crusted tofu..... This looks healthy and delish Jenee. And super duper cute. Anyone would love to dig in.


CoastWithMe said...

Jenee!!!! These look molto delizioso:)! I must make them for the fam bam! I know they will love it! And gorgeous presentation too!

Anonymous said...

Great photography; beautiful presentation and I'm sure they tasted delicious!


Simona said...

Good job! I would draw a total blank on what looks like popcorn, but you managed to invent a dish that not only looks it, but I am sure is also delicious. Impressed!

Unknown said...

That looks absolutely delicious and I bet it also tastes the same :) Thanks for making me hungry!

xoxo Eeva

Alyssa said...

What a creative party nosh! These look super yummy, I'm not a big sesame fan, but I bet I would love the crunch they give here!

The Glossy Life

Mrs C said...

Perfect party finger food and I am sure the taste is as good as they look! Definitely book marking!


Always Maylee said...

Goodness this looks amazing. Can you send some over this way please! :)

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

Michelle said...

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Jeans and a Teacup said...

These are amazing! Props to you for improvising it too! I'm definitely pinning this to try later!
Jeans and a Teacup

Rachel said...

These look SO good. And that heart photo with the seeds is amazing!

Unknown said...

I will soo be trying this....the hubs loves sesame and I love turkey!!!!
Brooke @ what2wear


I have NEVER heard of Turkey meatballs, this is such a unique idea. I need to give this a try, except I can't cook if my life depended on it. On a side note, the pictures are gorgeous. What camera do you use?

P.S. Would you like to follow each other on bloglovin?


Allison said...

OK make everything look so beautiful!! I don't eat meat but you could have fooled me because these look like delicious cake pops of something...amazing!

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Unknown said...

Wow, that's such a creative idea!! And the end result looks delicious!

Sophisticated Lace

Unknown said...

These look AMAZING! Thanks for sharing the receipe. I've got these on my 'must cook' this week list!

xx Mandi

Jo said...

Yummy yummy! I love meatballs but I haven't tried turkey ones before. I'm sure they would taste good. The photo steps look easier to follow! The words scare lazy people like me. I guess I can improvise my own meatballs just from your pictures. I bet the dish was a hit!

Unknown said...

your blog is amazing.
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Cee said...

I love this idea, Jenee! First of all, the popcorn-themed shower idea got me right away, popcorn has been my favourite snack since I was little :) But the idea of popcorn-like treats is even more clever and your pretty little turkey meatballs look almost too cute to eat! I'm a vegetarian but I'm always on the hunt for cute recipes like this for entertaining, I'm definitely bookmarking this one - thanks so much for sharing!

A Very Sweet Blog said...

Mmmm! Those look soooo good. I never had them coated in sesame seeds. Beautiful!

Unknown said...

Yum! these look so good. Will have to try x

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