Harissa has quickly become one of my favourite ingredients to use over the past few years. It's super flavourful and works in SO many different applications. And these deliciously easy harissa meatballs are no exception. Made with ground dark turkey meat, it's moist, flavourful and a quick weeknight dinner to whip up. Don't skip on the whipped feta, it cools everything down and makes the perfect dip to these fiery harissa turkey meatballs.
To make these easy and flavourful harissa meatballs, here's what you'll need.
For the whipped feta dip, you only need three ingredients!
So although this harissa meatball recipe is low on ingredients, it's packed with flavour, and that really comes down to using harissa paste.
Harissa is a blend of hot peppers, oil and various spices. It's a flavor base for curries and stews, as well as a condiment, in Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco, according to Middle Eastern food expert Paula Wolfert. The ingredients in harissa vary by neighbourhood, country, and ethnicity. The basic recipe calls for hot peppers, garlic, salt and lots of olive oil. Can you see why it's so tasty now?!
It depends on the brand. Some will be mild and some will be spicy, each jar will state if it's mild or spicy.
Personally, I love spice and have used this one for this recipe and it tastes SO good. I highly recommend it!
When using harissa, feel free to start with a smaller amount and see how it works. Depending on your taste and spice preference, add more.
Making these harissa meatballs couldn't be easier. From start to finish, they should take just over 30 minutes total, this also includes making the whipped feta!
Preheat the oven to 400℉ and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, mix together all of the turkey ingredients until just combined, don't over mix.
Form into small golf-ball sized meatballs and place on the baking sheet.
Transfer to the oven and bake for 14 minutes. Remove the tray and turn the oven to a high broil and return the baking sheet to the oven. Broil on high for eight to ten minutes, until browned and cooked through.
The other good news with this recipe is that the whipped feta takes only minutes to make, thanks to the food processor.
Once you've made this batch, you'll definitely have leftovers, which IS NOT a bad thing! It's so good served with crackers, veggies, pita or bread.
In a food processor, combine all ingredients and turn on high. Process on high until very smooth and creamy, about two minutes. Stop the machine and scrape down the sides as needed.
When it comes to making these harissa meatballs and whipped feta dip, here are a few tips to make things extra easy and delicious
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These delicious and easy sheet pan harissa meatballs are made with ground turkey and served with creamy whipped feta for dipping.
Be sure to use room temperature feta cheese and ricotta for the best texture.