Cherry-Turkey Meatball Subs

for the meatballs:
1 1/2 lb ground turkey thighs
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, grated
20 fresh sweet cherries, very finely chopped
1/3 cup bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon ground lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1 egg

cherry barbecue sauce, warmed

4 hoagie rolls

Preheat oven to 350.

In a medium sized bowl, add all of the meatball ingredients. With a gentle hand, combine all ingredients and form into 1 to 2 inch meatballs. Bake on a broiling pan until cooked through, about 20 minutes, turning once.

Arrange the meatballs on the rolls, drizzle with sauce.

My thoughts:

Someone emailed me and asked what we did with the cherry barbecue sauce I posted earlier in the week. I did a number of things with it (I made a lot) but perhaps the most fun thing was these sandwiches. Since cherries have been so cheap lately (under $2/lb at the regular supermarket) we’ve had a lot on hand. So I added them to some turkey meatballs. My reasoning was that if turkey goes well with cranberries, than why not cherries! Luckily I was right! These are some tasty meatballs. I think they are pretty healthy as these things go too, ground turkey is lean, cherries are good for you and they are baked instead of fried. The sauce is pretty low fat too so you don’t have to feel bad about eating a meatball sub on a random Tuesday.

Note: If you won’t want to bother making the sauce, the meatballs are tasty without it as well!

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