Albóndigas de Pavo con Salsa de Serrano y Chipotle
Meatballs hmmm something to blog about huh?! I don’t know about you but if you are like me, or anything like me, anything grounded and mixed with herbs to enhance its flavor, uhmmm, doesn’t really attract me. I’m not a burger, sloppy joe, meatball kind of gal, okay the country, just came out of me there, (living in the south far too long :)). I truly I’m not attracted to meatballs naturally. These here, “Best Turkey Meatballs in Serrano Chipotle Sauce” recipe I am my friends! Maybe, just maybe, because they have Mexican flare!! Hahaha, yes that’s it, I know it!!
You see these babies, it’s like making dough for bread, you have to knead the meat, show it love, mix it all up with your hands and get in there. Really show it love.
The outcome for me with any meat that is grounded is always a wonderment, just because I’m not a lover of any meat grounded. I’m the kind of girl who would rather have the steak in front of me. Although, here I use ground turkey so, I should say, I’d rather have the turkey breast right in front of me! 🙂
Here’s the thing, wouldn’t you agree, doesn’t anything taste better with a good dipping sauce? Of course it does! And Mexican food, Mexican Appetizers, is famous for their sauces. The combination of a smoky, hot, really tasty sauce can do that to you….you will agree with me after you make these turkey meatballs with this sauce. But please don’t skimp out on the dipping sauce. Make it! Trust me! It works really well!
For this here food blogger to say that, a seafood enthusiast, hmmm says a lot!!
What’s crazier is that I truly came across this sauce by accident. I had green sauce leftover, which if you don’t remember or know, is made with tomatillos, serrano peppers, garlic and chicken broth, well I added a chipotle pepper and walla! Hence Serrano Chipotle sauce! Amazing!!
Best Turkey Meatballs with Serrano Chipotle Sauce
|Prep time||10 minutes|
|Cook time||15 minutes|
|Total time||25 minutes|
|Meal type||Appetizer, Starter|
|Misc||Pre-preparable, Serve Hot|
- 1.25 Pounds ground turkey
- 1/4 cup white onion (finely chopped)
- 1 roma tomato (finely chopped)
- 1/4 cup cilantro (finely chopped)
- 2 garlic cloves (finely chopped)
- 1/2 teaspoon chicken flavor power bouillon
- 2 slices of sliced bread (blended to make bread crumbs, could use any other form of white bread)
- 1 egg
- pepper (to taste)
- vegetable or canola oil (for frying)
Serrano Chipotle Sauce
- 1 Pound tomatillos
- 3 serrano peppers
- onion (quartered)
- 3 garlic cloves
- 2 or 3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (found in the International aisle under Mexican)
- 1 cup chicken broth
- salt and pepper (to taste)
|Serrano Chipotle Sauce|
|Remove husks from tomatillos and rinse well. Peel garlic cloves and remove stems from serrano peppers. Place tomatillos, garlic, serrano peppers and onion into a pot covered with water. Cook for fifteen minutes over medium heat. Place all in blender with chipotle peppers and chicken broth, puree well. Set aside.|
|In a bowl add turkey, tomato, onion, cilantro, chicken bouillon, egg, pepper and 4 tablespoons of the bread crumbs. Mix with hands until well combined. Form smalls balls. About 1 1/2 inches wide. Roll the meatballs in the rest of the bread crumbs to coat.|
|Put about half and inch of oil in frying pan or cast iron pan. Heat oil over medium heat and cook meatballs in batches. Do not over crowd pan. Cook for a few minutes and turn over to cook on the other side. Roughly about 5 minutes on each side. Watch to not burn them. Drain meatballs on a plate with a paper towel. Continue cooking until all are done.|
|In a separate bowl, add the cook meatballs with some sauce to coat them. Toss to mix sauce onto meatballs. Serve on a platter with toothpicks and dipping Serrano Chipotle Sauce for all to enjoy. Sprinkle chopped cilantro on top if you like.|