Turkey is not just great at Christmas, this poultry dish is high in protein and low in fat and really great value all year round.
Servings 4
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time35 minutes


For the Meatballs

  • 375 g turkey thigh mince
  • 1 small red onions very finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp cornflour or arrowroot
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the sauce

  • 4 rashers smoked streaky bacon, chopped finely
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 400 g can chopped tomatoes in juice
  • 2 tbsp any vinegar
  • 2 tsp dark brown sugar
  • 100 ml water
  • 10 g veg stock cube, crumbled
  • 2 tbsp any oil
  • cornflour or arrowroot with a little water
  • 150 g sunblush tomatoes, chopped roughly
  • 4 tbsp fresh basil, roughly chopped


  • Place the mince, onions, garlic and mayonnaise into a mixing bowl and, using the paddle attachment, mix until nice and thick and pasty. This is really important.
  • Finally, add the cornflour or arrowroot, salt and pepper and really mix well again.
  • Next, roll 20 small meatballs and place them on baking parchment.
  • Cover with cling film and chill well until needed.
  • Heat the oil and fry the bacon till crispy.
  • Add the onion and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes, vinegar, sugar, water and stock cube and bring to a simmer.
  • Place the meatballs on top of the sauce and cover, then simmer for 15 minutes, spooning the sauce over the meatballs until they are cooked.
  • Mix the cornflour/arrowroot and water. Pour over the simmering liquid, stir well the sauce will thicken slightly.
  • Remove from the stove and stir through the sunblush tomatoes and basil cover and leave for 10 minutes.
  • Serve with tagliatelle pasta or steamed rice
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Nutrition Facts
Braised Turkey with Tomatoes Garlic & Smoked Bacon
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword bacon, onion, turkey
Course Christmas, Christmas Recipes, Classic Christmas Leftovers
Cuisine Christmas, ITV This Morning, Spring, Winter
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