Southwest Turkey Meatballs with Cilantro Dipping Sauce

The best American name for this vegetable would probably be “Mexican green tomato”, but they actually taste nothing like regular tomatoes, In fact, the tomatillo is not a tomato at all. The tomatillo has a tart, lemony flavor that is enhance when cooked.

(especially roasted)and is an excellent base for salsas. While salsa (salsa verde) is the most popular way to enjoy tomatillo, they can be used in other ways. Tomatillos contain high amounts of vitamin A&C. Tomatillos are our #2 sales item!

Heat Scale
Submit Recipe

1 1/4 lb 99% lean ground turkey
1 jalapeno, seeds removed
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
3 scallions
1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1 egg
1 tsp cumin
Pinch oregano
Salt and fresh pepper
Cooking spray

Creamy Cilantro Tomatillo Dipping Sauce:
1/2 cup lowfat buttermilk
1/4 cup light mayonnaise
1/4 cup fat free Greek yogurt
1 small jalapeno, seeds removed
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
1 tomatillo, husk removed, chopped
1 clove garlic
1 scallion
Juice of 1/2 lime
1/2 tsp dried parsley flakes
1/8 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
1/4 tsp salt

Lightly spray baking pan with oil. Preheat oven to 400°.

Place jalapeño, garlic, cilantro, and scallions into a small food processor or chopper and pulse a few times until finely minced.

In a large bowl combine turkey, chopped herbs, bread crumbs, egg, cumin, salt and pepper. Using your hands, mix well and measure 1/4 cup meat, then divide in two so you end up with each meatball 1/8 cup in size. Roll and place on a baking pan.

Bake meatballs at 400° 15 minutes. Makes 24 meatballs.

For the dipping sauce:
Combine all ingredients in a blender.

Makes 1-3/4 cup.