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Turkey Meatballs with Shishito Peppers, Cilantro and Lime Yogurt Dipping Sauce

Lime Yogurt Dipping Sauce:

1 cup whole milk yogurt

1-2 teaspoons fresh lime juice

1 garlic clove, minced


In a small bowl combine the yogurt, 1 teaspoon lime juice, the garlic and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Mix together and taste. Add more lime juice and salt as needed to your taste. Set aside while you prepare the meatballs.

Turkey Meatballs:

2 pounds ground turkey

1 lime

4 shishito peppers or green peppers, small dice

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 scallions, thinly sliced

1 tablespoon cilantro, finely chopped

6 tablespoons olive oil, split

salt and pepper

Heat a small saute pan over medium heat. Add the 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and then the shishito peppers, scallions, garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Cook, stirring often, for 3-5 minutes, or until the peppers and scallions have softened. Reduce the heat if necessary so that they don't burn before softening. Scrape this mixture into a small bowl, and set aside to cool to room temperature.

In a large bowl mix together the ground turkey, zest of the lime (save the rest of the lime for the yogurt dipping sauce), cilantro, three tablespoons of the olive oil, the cooled pepper mixture, 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt and a few grindings of fresh pepper.

When everything is well combined, using a 1 tablespoon measuring spoon, or a small portioning scoop (like you would use for cookie dough), scoop the meatball mixture into round balls and place on a plate or baking sheet.

In a large sauté pan or cast iron pan, over medium heat, warm 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add a single layer of the meatballs to the pan, not overcrowding ( you may need to do two batches, depending on the size of your pan), and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until brown on the bottom. Flip the meatball over and cook on the other side until brown. Move the meatballs on their sides, and repeat process until all sides are browned and the meatballs are cooked through. Move to a plate, and repeat the cooking process with remaining meatballs.

Serve warm with lime yogurt dipping sauce.

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