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Cocktail Turkey Meatballs In Cognac Cream Sauce For Fiesta Friday #96

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I hope everyone had a wondeful Thanksgiving and is spending today relaxing. This is not made with leftover turkey,  I have plenty of that but with ground turkey and this is a recipe I posted in May 2012. I tweaked it for Fiesta Friday, making the meatballs cocktail size and adding some cognac to the cream sauce to make it festive. I actually made these a week ago and they were so good I wanted to bring them to the party. Great on their own or with bread, rice or roasted potatoes.

After probably the biggest food holiday of the year Angie still manages to host this party, you are amazing Angie!! This week there are no co hosts everyone is recovering from the big day. Follow this link to join the party!

Meatballs:
2 lbs ground turkey
1 shallot or small onion chopped
1 clove garlic minced
2 thick slices of bread soaked in milk
salt and pepper to taste

I added chopped parsley, it’s optional and if you do just a few tbs is all you need.

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The Sauce:
2 cups chicken stock
3 tbs flour
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup milk
3 tbs cognac or brandy  and 1 tbs worcestershire sauce

Heat some olive oil in skillet, saute onions until they are soft. In mixing bowl add the turkey, bread soaked in milk, garlic powder, salt and pepper, when onions are done add to the turkey mixture. Stir to combine all ingredients and form into meatballs. In same skillet fry the meatballs, browning on all sides but don’t cook them through. Remove from skillet, using the same skillet with the drippings add the flour, you are making a roux, stir so that its mixed with the pan drippings and let it cook for about a minute. whisk in the the stock, cream, milk,cognac and worcestershire, season with salt and pepper and let it cook so that it thickens.
Place meatballs in baking dish and pour cream sauce over them. Bake in 400 degree oven for 15-20 minutes.

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78 Comments Post a comment
  1. Yumified for sure Suzanne!

    November 27, 2015
  2. queensashy #

    Oh my!!! I am a huge fan of meatballs, will have to make these ASAP!

    November 27, 2015
    • I have your duck meatballs on my short list. I do too, love meatballs. Thank you!!

      November 27, 2015
  3. Suzanne, this is spectacular! OMG… as I read across the title it just kept getting better and better. They look delicious in the photo too. And it’s the best excuse I’ve had to buy a bottle of cognac in a long time! 😀 Kudos! Have a fabulous Friday. Mega hugs!

    November 27, 2015
    • Thanks Teagan, the sauce is so good and I think it’s a lovely excuse to get a bottle of cognac, there is so much else you can do with it (besides drink it) during the holidays. Have a great weekend.

      November 27, 2015
  4. I love Turkey meatballs. This looks like a great recipe! Happy FF!! Wishing you a happy weekend! 🙂

    November 27, 2015
  5. Sometimes I think coming up with creative ways to use leftovers is the most fun of Thanksgiving! Love this recipe Suzanne 🙂

    November 27, 2015
    • I love leftovers from Thanksgiving but cannot possibly eat them all, Just made care packages for my friends and thats a good way to use up some but even with that I still have food to figure out how to use. Thank you so much Heather, Hope you had a great day and wishing you a wonderful weekend.

      November 27, 2015
  6. These meatballs sounds amazing, Suzanne! Love the addition of cognac to the sauce 🙂

    November 27, 2015
    • The sauce is delicious, rich and very tasty. Thanks so much Freda.

      November 27, 2015
  7. In my opinion meatballs can make life easier, can’t they? They look awesome!

    November 27, 2015
    • Ha, easier and more delicious. I love meatballs. Thank you so much Margherita.

      November 27, 2015
  8. Sounds yummy!

    November 27, 2015
  9. Have I just read duck meatballs?? Absolutely love duck and game. Will have to check out their blog and have a look. I’m looking for something different to make for Christmas day itself. Last year was similar to this. Except for the sauce. Turkey mince is just so good to cook with. And yours look perfectly delicious.

    November 27, 2015
    • Yes Aleksandra posted a recipe for duck meatballs on her beautiful blog. I have them shortlisted they sound incredible.

      November 27, 2015
      • I wasn’t able to get into queensashy’s blog as the gravatar isn’t working. Well, the gravatar works but there’s no link to her site.

        November 27, 2015
      • Her blog is Three Little Halves it’s incredible

        November 27, 2015
      • Ah, okay. I follow her through bloglovin’. I don’t remember that post. I’ll have a look tomorrow. Thanks for the info.

        November 27, 2015
  10. Hi Suzanne, cognac cream sauce and turkey meatballs, sounds like heaven.

    November 27, 2015
  11. Reblogged this on ravenhawks' magazine and commented:
    Looks very good!

    November 28, 2015
  12. It sounds really nice Suzanne and meatballs look extremely tender! 🙂

    November 28, 2015
  13. Those look incredibly delicious as does the sauce! I think it would be a family favorite with our crew!

    November 28, 2015
  14. These turkey meatballs are gorgeous and sound delicious!

    November 28, 2015
  15. These look great, Suzanne! Hope you had a wonderful holiday. 🙂

    November 28, 2015
  16. These turkey meatballs look delicious!

    November 28, 2015
    • Thank you so much. BTW, I am making both of your biscotti recipes for the holidays. Everything on your site is gorgeous.

      November 28, 2015
      • Oh, thank you so much! Would love to know what you think of the biscotti once you bake them!

        November 28, 2015
      • I will report back. I saw 2 biscotti that I loved on your blog, one I think just got posted yesterday. I love putting them in gift baskets, especially when I send them out of state, they stay good for so long and are so wonderful.

        November 29, 2015
  17. Well now I know what to do when I have tons of leftover turkey at Christmas. The cognac sauce sound To Die For… Have a good weekend. 🙂

    November 28, 2015
    • Well the meatballs were good but the sauce was really good. Thank you so much.

      November 29, 2015
  18. Like that indeedy

    November 28, 2015
  19. Hey Suzanne I just sent you an email from two email accounts re Secret Wino. Please let me know if you get them. If not, could you email me your phone number and I can give you Beth’s info that way? Jeff

    November 29, 2015
  20. I have many versions of meatballs but none with a cognac cream sauce. I’ve used cognac in sauces before and it really adds some great flavor – this is a keeper 🙂

    November 29, 2015
  21. I have never made a cognac sauce before, and yours looks fabulous! What a great idea for a recipe, you can bet I won’t wait for Thanksgiving season to come around to give this a try. xx

    November 29, 2015
  22. The meatballs look wonderful, Suzanne, and the sauce with the cognac and cream sounds absolutely delicious. This recipe looks a must for special occasions, or when we have visitors.

    November 29, 2015
  23. Yum, these meatballs sound wonderful!

    November 29, 2015
  24. Oooh, cream sauces are my absolute favorite, Suzanne! And the turkey part makes me feel healthier. 😉

    November 29, 2015
    • Yes less fat in turkey and I used ground breast meat so less than the dark meat but then I go and add heavy cream. I guess it balances out in the end. Thank you so much.

      November 30, 2015
  25. Oooo, these do sound wonderful…..with my pork sausage rolls and your yummy meatballs, we could have a pre-Christmas party with some punch me thinks? Lovely Suzanne.

    November 30, 2015
    • I wish we were neighbors we could throw a holiday party, I want your sausage rolls for my block association party next week. Do they need to be kept warm? Thank you so much!!

      November 30, 2015
      • Suzanne, these would be perfect for your block association party. You can eat these hot or cold. It would probably work best though if it just came out of the oven as the puff pastry will be at its best. Good luck!

        November 30, 2015
      • They would be perfect, and using pre made puff pastry makes this really easy!!

        November 30, 2015
  26. holy-Molly! it’s rainin’ in my mouth… 🙂 have you ever tried to prepare it(them) with French genuine cognac?… 😉 bon appétit & cheers! ❤

    November 30, 2015
    • Hi Melanie; thank you so much, yes I use Pierre Ferrand Cognac, the real deal. It’s my favorite and I use in drinks and cooking all the time.

      November 30, 2015
  27. That cognac cream sauce sounds heavenly! I have to try this recipe. What a great idea to make the meatballs cocktail size. That way you can eat more and not feel so badly! 🙂 Thanks for the recipe, Suzanne!

    November 30, 2015
    • I like the way you think, my reasoning exacty. LOL, thank you Shari.

      November 30, 2015
  28. I m not familiar with this dish but looking at it I can imagine the taste

    November 30, 2015
    • Thank you, I guess it’s similar to Swedish meatballs but not exactly. Kind of my own twist on a recipe I posted a few years ago. It is tasty

      December 1, 2015
  29. Meatballs are my most favorite food. I can imagine how delicious the sauce is too. The color of the dish is so delectable and the with the meatballs, looks absolutely wonderful!!! I’m drooling. 🙂

    December 2, 2015
    • Thank you Fae, me too I love meatballs. One if my favorites besides Italian are Swedish which this sort of reminds me of because of the creamy sauce.

      December 2, 2015
  30. This look really good! 🙂

    December 3, 2015
  31. What luck! I have ground turkey in the freezer! That sauce looks like it really makes this meal! This would be a good casual Sunday night supper with friends. thanks Suzanne!

    December 6, 2015
  32. This looks like my husband’s dream kind of meal, haha! Gorgeous meatballs. It’s been ages since I’ve made comfort food like this, I think I need to revisit some meatballs! x

    December 12, 2015
    • I just love meatballs and in the cream sauce reminds me a little of Swedish meatballs. It’s really good and great comfort food. Thanks Laura.

      December 12, 2015
  33. I made your tasty recipe but use organic chicken mince because turkey mince doesn’t exist over here. It was just superb. I served it with spelt penne,…delicious! xx

    December 13, 2015
    • I actually prefer ground chicken to turkey but happened to have some in the freezer I needed to use. I am so pleased you liked it thank you so much Sophie.

      December 13, 2015
      • I love all of your tasty recipes that I have tried, dear Suzanne! xxx

        December 14, 2015

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