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Andy Waters' turkey meatballs with pepper sauce recipe

Andy Waters' turkey meatballs with pepper sauce recipe

18 ratings

These meatballs will quickly turn into a family favourite. Kids will adore making the meatballs (and eating them!), while adults will enjoy the blend of spices and the appetising final result. See method

  • Serves 6
  • 20mins to prepare and 1hr10mins to cook
  • 205 calories / serving


For the turkey meatballs

  • 500g (1.1lb) turkey mince
  • 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 apple, peeled and grated
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 tbsp breadcrumbs, dairy free
  • 1 tbsp chopped sage, or 1/2tsp dried sage
  • 1tbsp thyme, leaves only
  • 3tbsp plain flour
  • 30ml (2tbsp) vegetable oil
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch black pepper

For the pepper sauce

  • 1 1/2 red peppers, deseeded and chopped
  • 2 shallots, peeled and finely sliced
  • 1tsp tomato puree
  • 425ml (1pt) vegetable stock
  • 15ml (1tbsp) vegetable oil
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch black pepper
If you don't have mince, cut open some sausages instead

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    12g 17%
  • Saturates

    3g 12%
  • Sugars

    7g 7%
  • Salt

    1.4g 2%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 19.2g Protein 3.7g Fibre 2.6g


  1. Begin by making the pepper sauce. Heat some oil in a pan on a low to medium heat and once hot, add the peppers and shallots – keep the kids well away from the hot oil. Cook until soft.
  2. Stir in the purée and stock and season if required. Bring to the boil and then turn down the heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Take off the heat and leave to cool. Then, pour into a blender and blend until smooth. Keep to one side while you make the meatballs – watch out for little hands stealing a taste!
  4. To make the meatballs, put the turkey, apple, egg and onion in a large bowl and mix to combine.
  5. Add the herbs, breadcrumbs and seasoning and mix with your hands until everything is incorporated – little hands will make light work of this step!
  6. Put some flour on a plate. Form the mix into 24 walnut-sized meatballs, then roll in flour. Keep to one side until required.
  7. Preheat the oven to gas 4, 180°C, fan 160°C.
  8. To fry the meatballs, add oil to a pan over a medium heat. Then, drop in the meatballs and fry until golden brown on the outside – maybe do this in batches of 8 depending on how big your pan is.
  9. Put the seared meatballs into a casserole dish and pour in the pepper sauce to cover. Bake in the oven for approximately 20 minutes.
  10. Once the meatballs are cooked, serve immediately with pasta or rice, whichever the kids prefer.

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