Wow. All I can say is WHAT A YEAR. 2020 has been full of unexpected news, crazy adventures, and lots of personal growth. When I look back on everything I've experienced this year, I'm humbled that my husband was willing to be alongside me for all of it.
This year, I quit my college degree to pursue Ka Pai Cooking full time, Tyler switched to another university to pursue a career with the Department of Homeland Security, and we spent more time together than we ever had before (yay!).
I've never been so excited for the new year; not because all the troubles of 2020 will magically disappear, but because my mentality is better than ever and I'm anxious to give myself a fresh start. I've never been so excited to set goals, conquer the world, and dream big.
This year, we're spending the holidays with Tyler's family (we had two birthdays, Christmas, and a wedding!) and I wanted to share one of my own recipes with the in-laws.
I realized I didn't have any appetizers on the blog, so I dreamt up these Healthy Sweet and Spicy Meatballs and boy do they deliver!
They're the perfect blend of sweet, savory, and spicy, they're naturally gluten free and dairy free, they're low sugar, and they're perfect for any celebration, big or small.
Better yet, there are no breadcrumbs or eggs involved in these Instant Pot turkey meatballs, just pure meat!
When writing this recipe for spicy BBQ meatballs, I really wanted it to be as easy as possible, and I wanted everyone to be able to enjoy them.
I knew there had to be a way to make meatballs without breadcrumbs or eggs, and my husband found the perfect solution: burger patties!
The sauce is also incredibly easy - 3 ingredients to be exact! To make these simple cocktail meatballs, you'll need:
Before we dive into the "how" of these Instant Pot Turkey Meatballs, there are a couple tips and tricks to review that will make all the difference:
Remove one pound of burger patties from the fridge and place on a large cutting board. Whisk together the dry rub seasonings, then press into both sides of each patty. Slice each burger patty into quarters.
Gently fold each quartered patty on itself (like a dumpling) and begin to roll into a meatball in the palm of your hand. If the meat seems to fall apart rather than hold together, it's probably too warm. Place back in the fridge for 15 minutes to stiffen, then resume forming the meatballs. Repeat with the second pound of meat until you have 32 meatballs.
Add the BBQ sauce, grape jelly, and Worcestershire sauce to the bottom of the Instant Pot, whisking until well combined.
Gently place the cocktail meatballs into the sauce. It's ok if the meatballs touch, just make sure each meatball is sitting in the sauce!
Close the lid of the Instant Pot, switch the valve to "seal," and cook on HIGH pressure for five minutes. Allow for five minutes natural release (the display should read L:05), then turn the valve to "vent" and manually release.
Switch to "saute" mode and allow the sauce to simmer for five minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent scalding.
Allow the sauce to thicken.
When the timer is finished, place your Sweet and Spicy Meatballs on a serving platter and pierce with toothpicks.
Drizzle with additional sauce and enjoy!
I can't wait to see these Instant Pot Turkey Meatballs at your next celebration! I know they'll be a hit with all the guests and you'll be glad the recipe was easy, healthy, and affordable. That's what Ka Pai Cooking is all about!
If you try these Sweet and Spicy Meatballs, be sure to leave a star rating and review below so other readers know how you liked it, then tag me on Instagram @kapaicooking so I can see you enjoying them!
These Instant Pot Sweet and Spicy Meatballs are a healthier version of cocktail meatballs made with ground turkey and a 3 ingredient sauce. They're also gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, high protein, and ready in under an hour!
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