With Thanksgiving nearing us, I’ve really been in the mood for turkey! Turkey wild rice meatballs are a super easy meal and when paired with mashed potatoes and gravy, it will feel like Thanksgiving! The secret is in the seasoning. 🙂
We all know you can’t have turkey without gravy! I have had some royally disastrous gravy in the past. I can honestly say that I have a pretty good knack for it now! Don’t worry if real homemade gravy seems intimidating, I’ll walk you through it. It’s SO worth it to learn how to make. PLEASE don’t use packets or pre-made gravy!! They are full of so many scary ingredients!
I make my own chicken broth and stock and keep a bunch frozen for making soups and gravy. Store bought broth is fine, but make sure it’s organic and has no scary ingredients. Make sure you READ the ingredient list. You can’t always go by what they plaster on the front of the box.
Working with ground turkey is a bit different than ground beef. It tends to be a bit stickier. Don’t even bother trying to make the meatballs into actual balls. I would have called this turkey wild rice meat blobs if it didn’t sound so weird. Ha Ha! I typically buy my ground turkey at Costco. It is not organic, but it is antibiotic free and has no additives.
To save time, sometimes I will buy already cooked wild rice, instead of cooking my own. Simply balanced from Target has one that is JUST wild rice and a smidge of salt. Just like with the broth, make sure you read ingredients. The pouch has 2 cups in it, so I will freeze what I don’t use in 1/2 cup portions for the future.
The meatballs cook up pretty quick in a large skillet. I like to use the same pan to make the gravy so I transfer the cooked meatballs to a baking dish and pop them in the oven to keep them warm while I make the gravy. I was roasting asparagus when I made these so my oven was already hot. This will also brown the meatballs a little bit more.
My favorite side to make with turkey wild rice meatballs is, of course, mashed potatoes. Many times I will make mine with potatoes and cauliflower combined, which is exactly what I did here. We also had roasted asparagus. YUM!
Check out the full recipe below. I hope you give it a try and as always, let me know what you think!
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