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Thanksgiving / Christmas dinner for two! Delicious cranberry turkey meatballs are the perfect alternative for a simplified dinner that has all the flavors of thanksgiving and ready in under 45 minutes. Served over creamy sweet potato mash with a serving of Parmesan roasted Brussels sprouts & smothered in gravy.

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Thanksgiving
Servings: 2
Author: the communal feast


  • For the meatballs:
  • 1 lbs ground turkey
  • 1 celery rib washed and chopped into very small cubes
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries chopped into very small pieces
  • 4 cloves of garlic minced
  • ½ tablespoon onion powder
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped sage
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped rosemary
  • ½ tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup or less of seasoned panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • For the gravy:
  • 1 shallot diced into small pieces
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • Turkey meatballs drippings
  • 3-4 tablespoons of flour
  • 4 fresh sage leaves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • For the sweet potato mash:
  • 2 sweet potatoes peeled and cubed into large chunks
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • ½ tablespoon cinnamon
  • Fresh chopped parsley for garnish
  • Cubed butter for serving
  • For the Parmesan roasted Brussels sprouts:
  • 1 lbs Brussels sprouts washed, trimmed and cut in half
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 4 cloves of garlic minded
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan
  • 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil


To make the meatballs:

  • 1. Add all the ingredients into a bowl, using your hands gently combine the mixture together -careful not to overmix.
  • 2. Form meatballs, roll meatballs using your hands into balls.
  • 3. Pre heat oven to 400 degrees F
  • 4. To an oven safe pan, large enough to fit all your meatballs -we made 12, heat olive oil over medium high heat
  • 5. Once the oil is hot, add the meatballs to the pan and sear both sides until golden dark brown -about 4 minutes per side
  • 6. Transfer the meatballs to the oven and finish cooking. Cook for 12-15 minutes depending on size of balls
  • 7. Once the meatballs are ready, remove from oven, remove from pan and keep warm. Do not rinse pan -save the turkey drippings for the gravy

To make the sweet potato mash:

  • 1. Bring a pot of water to a boil
  • 2. Add the sweet potato cubes and boil for 25 minutes
  • 3. Strain and rinse the sweet potatoes
  • 4. Once the potatoes have cooled slightly, transfer to a mixing bowl
  • 5. Mash sweet potatoes with a blender until smooth
  • 6. Add melted butter, heavy cream, cinnamon, salt & pepper. Mash using the blender until creamy and smooth -keep warm until ready to serve
  • To make the Parmesan roasted Brussels sprouts
  • 1. To a bowl, add all the ingredients and gently toss together
  • 2. Line a baking sheet and spread the Brussels sprouts evenly. Feel free to grate extra Parmesan cheese over top each Brussels sprouts
  • 3. Roast in the oven at 400 degrees F for 25-30 minutes
  • 4. Remove and set aside until ready to serve

To make the gravy:

  • 1. In the same pan you used to cook the meatballs, using your leftover turkey dripping, heat over medium high heat
  • 2. Add the chopped shallot and cook for 3 minutes.
  • 3. Next make the roux, add the flour and whisk until the roux turns into a deep golden brown -about 3 minutes
  • 4. Add the beef broth, fresh thyme and sage leaves. Bring to a boil whisking occasionally
  • 5. Next add the heavy cream and season with salt & pepper
  • 6. Let the gravy simmer for about 10 minutes until it thickens

To assemble:

  • 1. Start by placing the warm sweet potato mash into each plate, garnish with butter cube and fresh chopped parsley
  • 2. Next layer the turkey meatballs over the mash, add the Brussels sprouts and top with gravy
  • 3. Serve immediately with warm bread or dinner rolls for a wholesome thanksgiving dinner
  • Enjoy!


to save time, finish cooking the meatballs in the oven alongside the Brussels sprouts and at this
time, the sweet potatoes should almost be done boiling and ready to mash