Cajun Turkey Meatballs – Party Meatballs

Cajun Turkey Meatballs

We love these Cajun Turkey Meatballs. Meatballs are a versatile dish. A humble ball of ground meat can be a vehicle for any flavours you like. All you need are seasonings and/or sauces for them to become whatever you like.  Like chicken wings, meatballs are a perfect party snack. At a party or on an appetizer tray, they tend to disappear fast. Attesting to the popularity of little balls of cooked meat.

Eight Cajun Turkey Meatballs on a wooden platter with a dish of ranch dip

Who Invented the Meatball?

Although we think of the meatball as an Italian invention, you can find them in the cuisines of nearly all cultures. Nobody really knows the true origin of the meatball, but here’s an interesting read about it: History of the Meatball.

Healthier Meatball Party Snacks

These baked turkey meatballs are healthier than chicken wings because not only do you bake them with no added fat, but lean ground turkey is lower in fat and calories than chicken wings. They aren’t as messy as wings and there are no bones to deal with.

We love meatballs. And mild-tasting turkey meatballs are a favourite because they’re even better when baked in the oven instead of fried. These Cajun turkey meatballs are easy to make ahead of time to reheat before your party, and they taste great cold, too.

Make a Big Batch of Meatballs and Freeze Them

Cooked meatballs also freeze well. I like to cook a big batch, freezing half for another time. Although these turkey meatballs are Cajun seasoned, unseasoned meatballs can be tossed in any sauce, like chicken wings. How about meatball night, instead of wing night? I think that could be a thing.

 

Cajun Seasoning

I used my own easy Cajun Seasoning Mix recipe, but you can use a packaged Cajun seasoning mix, too. My Cajun seasoning mix is pretty mild, so it won’t be overkill when you toss the meatballs in the hot sauce at the end. They do, however, have some heat (they are Cajun, right?), so it’s nice to serve them with a cooling ranch dip.

Cajun Turkey Meatballs

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Cajun Turkey Meatballs

These delicious Cajun-spiced, Turkey Meatballs, are baked, not fried making them a healthy alternative for an easy party appetizer.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Cajun
Servings: 16 meatballs
Calories: 47kcal
Author: Colleen

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 small onion diced, about 1/2 cup
  • 2 tsp Cajun seasoning mix
  • 1/4 cup Louisiana style hot sauce
  • 3 tbsp Italian flat leaf parsley chopped

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400Β° Line a baking sheet with parchment
  • In a medium bowl, mix ground turkey, egg, bread crumbs, onion, and seasoning
  • Form turkey mixture into balls, about 16 balls
  • Spread meatballs on the baking sheet without crowding
  • Bake 30 minutes, turning halfway through
  • Remove from oven and in a bowl, toss meatballs with hot sauce until coated
  • Arrange on a serving dish and garnish with parsley
  • Serve with ranch dressing for dipping

Notes

A melon baller works well for shaping your meatballs and keeping a uniform size. Make ahead - cook meatballs and keep refrigerated until ready to serve, then reheat in a low oven until warmed through. Toss with sauce and serve.
Freeze cooked meatballs in an airtight, freezer safe container or bag for up to 2 months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 47kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 7g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 132mg | Potassium: 117mg | Vitamin A: 230IU | Vitamin C: 4.3mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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12 thoughts on “Cajun Turkey Meatballs – Party Meatballs

  1. Meatballs that you can dip! What is not to love about it? Seriously fun.
    Cajun spicing up the turkey sounds great and a great lower fat alternative.

  2. The flavours sound wonderful, I love that you used turkey, and I’m sure I could gobble (hah!) up a whole bunch of these no problem. That being said, the one thing that REALLY stands out here for me is your little tip at the end. A melon baller! What an awesome idea! Seriously, that’s like a game-changer as far as I’m concerned. So thanks for that too! πŸ˜€

  3. Ground turkey is always a good low-fat option. These ones with Cajun spices will be ideal for a Mardi Gras party. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I am one who also lives meat balls. Your idea of the Cajon spice would add such depth of flavor to these protein morsels, and the use of panto crumbs will give you a nice texture to offset the turkey a bit. I would take these over chicken wings because they are healthier and easier to eat. Grest job!
    Loreto@Sugarlovespices

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