Turkey Sausage Meatballs with Cran-Apple Sauce

Aired December 9, 2011

Serves 8-10, 4 as an entre
1 cup dried stuffing cubes
1/2 to 3/4 cup chicken stock
2 tablespoons EVOO - Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 1/4 pounds ground turkey (blend of light and dark meat)
1 egg
3 tablespoons grated onion
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
For the Cran-Apple Dipping Sauce:
1 cup whole berry cranberry sauce
1 cup no-sugar-added organic applesauce
2 tablespoons dark amber maple syrup
To serve as a meal add Walnut Parsley Couscous:
1 1/4 cups of chicken stock
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/4 cups couscous
Salt and pepper
1 cup flat-leaf parsley
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

Preheat oven to 425F. Place a rack on a large baking sheet. Using a food processor, grind the stuffing cubes into crumbs then transfer to a small bowl. Douse the stuffing with the stock to soften. (Dont clean out the food processor; set aside.)

Drizzle the EVOO into a large bowl. Add the turkey; season with salt and pepper. Mix in the moist stuffing crumbs, the egg, onion, garlic, poultry seasoning, fennel seeds and crushed red pepper.

Roll the meat into 1 1/2-inch to 2-inch balls. Arrange on the prepared baking sheet and roast until golden brown, about 15 minutes.

In a small bowl, combine all of the dipping sauce ingredients. Serve with meatballs.

For the couscous: In a medium saucepan, bring the stock and butter to a boil. Stir in the couscous; season with salt and pepper. Cover the pan, turn off the heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Using the reserved food processor, chop the parsley. Fluff the couscous and stir in the parsley and walnuts.

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