Sweet Potato Meatballs

If you're still working on your new year's resolution of weight loss or trying to eat healthier (or even if you're not), I tried a new, healthy spin on an old favorite that is fantastic. My family loves meatballs! We could probably eat the same old meatball at least once a week and not get tired of them. However, every now and then, I try something a little different. This time I snuck in some sweet potatoes. It has been said that we all have a hard time getting those orange and yellow veggies in us, so let's just sneak them in! LOL. I was delighted at the turnout - they weren't too far off from our "normal" meatballs and we got a few extra vitamins. The sweetness of the potato and the Vidalia® Onion Dressing worked fabulously together in this meatball. 

Enjoy!

Mandi

Sweet Potato Meatballs

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1-1½ cups sweet potatoes, cooked, mashed and cooled
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ cup bread crumbs or cracker crumbs
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°. Combine first 8 ingredients; mix well. Shape into 1 tablespoon-sized meatballs. Place on greased cookie sheet; bake for 18-20 minutes. Remove from baking sheet and put into serving dish; pour desired amount of Vidalia® Onion Dressing over the top. Serve immediately.

Tips and Hints

  • For "lighter" meatballs, use 1 pound ground turkey breast and two egg whites in place of the ground turkey and egg.
  • If you hate chopping onions and garlic (like me), try using Tastefully Simple's Onion Onion™ Seasoning and Garlic Garlic™ Seasoning.
  • Use a cookie scoop for uniform (and quick) meatballs.
  • Take them "on the road" or have them ready to serve at your party by putting cooked meatballs in a slow cooker and pouring Vidalia® Onion Dressing over the top. They'll be a perfect game day appetizer.
  • If you aren't familiar with cooking sweet potatoes, they cook up just like regular potatoes. For this recipe, it worked great to make them like mashed potatoes. Peel, cut up into smaller pieces and boil until done. Drain, and cool with cold water. Mash with a fork, potato masher, blender or hand mixer; whatever is handiest for you.
  • If you're unsure about adding sweet potatoes altogether, just use 2 pounds of ground turkey. They'll still taste great!
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