Gluten Free Turkey Meatballs with Orange Cranberry Gravy

Gluten Free Turkey Meatballs with Orange Cranberry Gravy Recipe


When I have parties during the holiday season I like to keep things as simple as possible. Instead of inviting folks over for a high-stress, fancy-schmancy sit down dinner, I throw cocktail parties. There are lots of advantages to this. They are WAY less stressful, easier to pull off, you can have more people, and by putting out platters of tidbits to eat and some beverages, you have more time to mingle and actually stand a chance of enjoying your party!

I make a few simple things and then supplement with items I can pick up at the store such as fruit, cheeses, olives, and fancy deli meats or salami. I make a signature cocktail, stock up the bar with gluten free beer, wine and water (sparkling and still), turn on some music and that’s it.  I have even been known to use good quality, disposable plates and flatware (but I always use real glasses).

I don’t spend all day in the kitchen and at the end of the night I am not faced with a ton of dishes to wash. And I find people enjoy themselves more than when they were seated at a formal dinner table as they get to talk to everyone (or not, as the case might be) and the whole evening just has a relaxed, festive mood.

If you are looking for a cocktail party appetizer, or simple weeknight meal for that matter, this holiday season, I have a suggestion for you – Gluten Free Turkey Meatballs with Orange Cranberry Gravy. All the flavors of a festive holiday meal in cute, bite sized balls of yumminess – turkey with cranberries in a delicious orange sauce thanks to San-J’s Gluten-Free Orange Sauce.

So go ahead, deck your halls, shop ’til you drop, wrap your gifts with love and care but when it comes to parties – make it easy on yourself. You and your friends will enjoy it more – trust me!

Gluten Free Recipes | Turkey Meatballs with Orange Cranberry Gravy

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Gluten Free Turkey Meatballs with Orange Cranberry Gravy
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Gluten Free Turkey Meatballs with Orange Cranberry Gravy Recipe

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 Servings
Author: Gluten Free & More


  • ½ cup gluten free breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons dried onion flakes
  • ¼ cup parsley , minced
  • 1 ½ cups gluten free chicken stock – use divided
  • 1 ¼ pounds ground turkey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 - 12 ounce bag fresh or frozen cranberries (about 2 ½ cups)
  • 1 cup San-J Orange Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons sugar


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Combine the breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion flakes, parsley and ½ cup chicken stock in a large mixing bowl and let sit for 5 minutes. Add the turkey and mix with hands until thoroughly combined. Shape into 2 inch balls (about 2 tablespoons each). Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and sauté the meatballs until browned all over, about 6 minutes. Place browned meatballs on a baking sheet and bake in oven until cooked through, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the cranberries to the skillet the meatballs were browned in along with the remaining cup of chicken stock, San-J Orange Sauce and sugar. Cook over medium-high heat until the cranberries pop and the sauce is reduced by half, about 7 minutes. Add the meatballs to the gravy and serve.


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  2. Anita
    December 4, 2011

    What a great idea! Thanks, I am making these for sure!

    1. December 5, 2011

      Enjoy Anita!

  3. December 5, 2011

    Looks like another winner!! xoLexie

  4. Donna J
    December 5, 2011

    I like your style of party giving! These sound delish – where do I get the orange sauce?

    1. December 5, 2011

      Thanks Donna, I get it at the regular grocery store or you can check the natural foods store.

  5. What a creative way to serve turkey! I just made meatballs last night and I’d almost forgotten how much I love them :) Kind of a thanksgiving dinner wrapped up in one bite.

    Would be great for a party, but I’d love to serve them for dinner – make an extra batch for the freezer. I’ve been using San-jay Tamari sauce for some time now. Very good! But I haven’t started trying their other flavors. Now I have a great reason to check out the orange sauce – this looks like a definite keeper recipe, especially since it’s gluten free from the get-go. Thanks!!


    1. December 6, 2011

      Thanks Erika – I love all their sauces, so nice to be able to make safe Asian food! And as you can see, I put them to other uses as well :)

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  7. The San-J Orange Sauce is the only one I haven’t tried and now you’re making want to. Beautiful meatballs. I love the Thai Peanut Sauce and always seem to have a bottle in the fridge at the ready for noodles with veggies and tofu or I used it for chicken thighs and veggies last week. It’s also good thinned with a little oil and rice vinegar as a dressing for slaw or salads.

    1. December 14, 2011

      I love all their sauces! Hmmm, you have me thinking of salad right now :) Thanks Wendy!

  8. Jennifer Hogue
    December 15, 2011

    This looks super yummy!

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  10. claudia
    December 6, 2015

    Can you make the meat balls A day before and then cook them on the day?.

    1. Gluten Free & More
      December 18, 2015

      Yes! You can actually make the whole dish ahead and then just reheat it if you want!

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