Mini Meatballs with Raspberry-Balsamic Barbecue Sauce


4 to 6 servings
½ cup plain bread crumbsplain breadcrumbs½
2 tablespoons whole milkwhole milk2
1 large egg, at room temperatureegg(s)1
½ small onion, finely choppedonion½
¼ cup finely grated Parmesan cheeseparmesan cheese¼
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leavesbasil leaves2
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley leavesfresh italian parsley2
1 ½ teaspoons tomato pastetomato paste1 ½
1 clove garlic, mincedgarlic1
½ teaspoon kosher saltkosher salt½
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepperfreshly ground black pepper¼
½ pound ground dark turkey meatground dark turkey meat½
½ pound spicy Italian turkey sausage links, casings removedspicy italian turkey sausage½
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oilextra-virgin olive oil3
2 cups frozen unsweetened raspberries, thawedfrozen unsweetened raspberries2
¾ cup ketchupketchup¾
⅔ cup seedless raspberry jamseedless raspberry jam0.6600
3 tablespoons (packed) golden brown sugargolden brown sugar3
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegarbalsamic vinegar3
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauceworcestershire sauce1
Zest of half a small lemonlemon(s)1
1 teaspoon smoked paprikasmoked paprika1
¼ teaspoon kosher salt kosher salt¼
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepperfreshly ground black pepper¼
2 to 3 large mangoes, peeled, pitted and cut into 36 (¾-inch) cubesmango3
36 (1-inch) pieces torn radicchio leavesradicchio leaves36
Special equipment: 36 (4 to 5-inch-long) bamboo skewerswooden or bamboo skewers36


In a large bowl, combine the bread crumbs, milk, eggs, onion, Parmesan cheese, ketchup, basil, parsley, tomato paste, garlic, salt, and pepper. Using a wooden spoon, stir to blend. Add the ground turkey and sausage meat. Using fingers gently mix all the ingredients until thoroughly combined. Using a tablespoon measure, form the meat mixture into 1 to 11/4-inch balls (about 36 meatballs).

In a large nonstick skillet heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Working in batches, add the meatballs and cook, turning occasionally, until well browned on all sides and cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain on paper towels.
In a food processor or blender, blend together the raspberries, ketchup, jam, sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, lemon zest, paprika, salt, and pepper until smooth. Pour the sauce into a heavy medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook until slightly thickened, about 6 to 7 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and cool for 10 minutes. Pour into a small serving bowl.

Thread 1 meatball, 1 mango cube, and 1 piece of radicchio leaf onto each skewer. Arrange the meatballs on a platter and serve the barbecue sauce alongside for dipping.
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