These Spicy Turkey Pomegranate Meatballs will be a hit at any holiday party. The pomegranate and seasonings create a tangy, sweet and sour sauce.
The spices have a Middle Eastern flare. The seasonings include Sumac, which can be found in Middle Eastern stores. The sumac is optional but the meatballs will be less tangy without it. You can substitute lemon zest or lemon pepper.
Pomegranate molasses or concentrate is more common now and can be found in grocery stores with an international section. Food Basics carries a Cedar brand of pomegranate molasses.
These are really quick to make. You can blend all the ingredients in your food processor and then just form the balls.
They are gluten free if you use gluten free oats. Oats are a bit of an anomaly. Oats should be gluten free but they may be contaminated if they were processed in a facility with wheat. They can also be contaminated if they were grown in close vicinity of wheat. For most gluten intolerant people regular oats are not a problem. However, oats certified to be gluten free are readily available so if there is a severe intolerance you will already know about gluten free oats!
These meatballs work well as a make ahead appetizer. You can make them a day ahead and just reheat them in the sauce when your are ready to serve them. They also freeze very well.
I like including meatballs as an appetizer selection because they are substantial morsels, can be low carb, gluten free, paleo – you name it. You can vary them so much depending on the meat and spices and sauce you choose.
Serve them with some holiday picks for a festive presentation. These got rave reviews from my recipe taste testers so they will definitely have a place in my holiday entertaining this year!