Orange Glazed Meatballs Recipe

I like trying new recipes when I find them, but I love creating new recipes of my own.  Past inspriration for creating new recipes has been found in the frozen foods or specialty foods areas of the grocery store, from vintage recipes and even from restaurant menus.  After almost 30 years of marriage, and almost 28 years of parenting, I can usually tell if a recipe will be a hit with my family or not.

However, when I find something that looks good to me, but that I know might not be as appealing to my family, I enjoy looking for ways to make something similar that they will enjoy.  That applies to original recipes that would be out of our budget range, too.  It’s a wonderful way of using some creative energy!

Tonight’s Orange Glazed Meatballs came about in this same way.  Theoriginal recipe, from an old cookbook, called for several ingredients that were either not something my family would enjoy, or that were just too pricey for our grocery budget.  I also wanted a glaze with more orange flavor than the original recipe would have provided.

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 The meatballs were a hit!  The orange glaze was slightly sweet, slightly tangy, and the ginger gave it just enough zip!  A couple of us spooned some of the glaze over our rice, and that was good, too.   The meatballs, rice and a simple green salad made for a lovely meal.

 

Orange Glazed Meatballs

2 lbs. ground turkey
2 large eggs
1/2 cup dried, plain bread crumbs
1 Tablespoon minced, dried onion
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
1/3 cup cornstarch
1/3 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon ground ginger
1 – 10.5 oz. can beef broth
1 cup of fresh orange juice, or orange juice made from frozen concentrate
1/3 cup white vinegar
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
1 Tablespoon cooking Sherry (optional)
1/2 teaspoon dried orange peel

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In a large bowl, mix together the ground turkey, eggs, dried bread crumbs, dried onion and 2 Tablespoons soy sauce.  Mix thoroughly, using your hands, but take care to not overwork the meat mixture

 

 

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  Form the meat mixture into ping-pong ball size meatballs, and place in a lightly greased 9 x 13 x 2 baking pan.  You should end up with 36-40 meatballs.  Bake in a 350° oven for 35 – 40 minutes.  Cut one of the meatballs in the center of the pan in half to be sure they are cooked through.

 

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     About 10-15 minutes before the meatballs are done, mix the cornstarch, sugar and ginger together in a medium size sauce pan. Stir in beef broth until smooth.  (You want to be sure that all of the lumps from the cornstarch and ground ginger are dissolved.)

 

 

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      Add the orange juice, vinegar, soy sauce, cooking sherry, and orange peel, stirring to combine.  The glaze will look rather milky at this point.

 

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     Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is bubbly and thickened.  The glaze will become darker and more transparent as it reaches this stage.

 

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Pour the hot glaze over the meatballs.  Toss lightly to coat.   Serve with or over rice.

 

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13 comments to Orange Glazed Meatballs Recipe

  • mmmm sounds very yummy! Thanks! I may have to try this sometime soon!

  • mmmm sounds very yummy! Thanks! I may have to try this sometime soon!

  • This looks really good.  I’ll have to try it.  I’ve been trying to use more recipes with ground turkey so this would be good.

  • Thank you for this, I love to try new recipes.

  • The french dips were a hit!  Thanks for sharing that link!  Yum yum yum yum yum! I too have learned to know what my family (or my hubby in particluar) will like and what they won’t eat.  I might have to try those orange meatballs sometime.  Right now, I am out of ground meat.  I make a sweet and sour meatball with 1/2 c ketchup and 1 c brown sugar heated in a saucepan and poured over the meatballs.  I hope when you have a chance, and I realize you may not, that you will do a post on your homeschooling.  I have all boys, and I am trying to figure out what to do for next year.  I’ve prayed and prayed and prayed.  I know that God will probably wait until the last second to give me direction, but in the meantime, it doesn’t hurt to get educated myself on some of my options!

    Blessings

    Monique

  • The french dips were a hit!  Thanks for sharing that link!  Yum yum yum yum yum! I too have learned to know what my family (or my hubby in particluar) will like and what they won’t eat.  I might have to try those orange meatballs sometime.  Right now, I am out of ground meat.  I make a sweet and sour meatball with 1/2 c ketchup and 1 c brown sugar heated in a saucepan and poured over the meatballs.  I hope when you have a chance, and I realize you may not, that you will do a post on your homeschooling.  I have all boys, and I am trying to figure out what to do for next year.  I’ve prayed and prayed and prayed.  I know that God will probably wait until the last second to give me direction, but in the meantime, it doesn’t hurt to get educated myself on some of my options!

    Blessings

    Monique

  • Hey Cheryl!  The meatballs sound yummy!  I will give it a try! What do you think about adding a little red crushed pepper to give it some heat?

    Have a blessed  Sat. and Lord’s Day in Him!

    Jenn

  • That sounds really good. 🙂 Thank you for sharing.

    We tried the reverse chocolate chip cookies. Yum!

  • Jenn – If your family likes “heat” in a dish like this, go for it!  I just can’t eat it (anymore) and Will  can’t either.  My husband would LOVE it.

  • Cheryl, those meatballs look delicious. And may I ask how you serve your rice? The rice in the photo looks like it might have some nice “additives” in it as well.

    ~Becky

  • Becky – The recipe for the rice is in the drop down menu boxes in my side bar.  You’ll find “Cheryl’s Chicken Rice” under side dishes.  Last night I added some wild rice (just about a Tablespoon) and two or three Tablespoons of pine nuts. 

  • OooooHoney mother must make these suckers.

  • OooooHoney mother must make these suckers.