Turkey Meatballs in Creamy Romesco Sauce

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40 MIN


174 g


67 g


2086 kcal


42 g


646 mg


42 g



ground turkey ( or chicken )

455 g

liver ( more info in step 1 )

3 oz


1 medium

onion ( diced )

1/2 medium

amaranth ( optional, provides a firmer meatball )

1 tbsp

parsley ( chopped )

1 tbsp


1 tbsp, chopped

pink Himalayan salt ( decrease to 1/4 teaspoon if using braunschweiger )

1 tsp

ground black pepper

1/8 tsp, ground

heavy cream ( or coconut milk )

3 tbsp

red pepper ( more info in step 2 )

1 pepper

minced garlic

2 cloves

crushed tomatoes ( or tomato sauce )

15 wt. oz

chicken broth

13 cup

almond meal

1 tbsp


1/2 tsp

smoked paprika

1/4 tsp

crushed red pepper flakes

1/4 tsp

heavy cream ( or plain Greek yogurt or sour cream )

2 tbsp

Turkey Meatballs in Creamy Romesco Sauce

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Step 1

Combine all meatball ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Set aside.
(3 ounces ground liver of any kind, preferably from pasture-raised animals (can use braunschweiger or liverwurst if desired))

Step 2

In a blender, pureé all romesco sauce ingredients.
(1 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt (decrease to 1/4 teaspoon if using braunschweiger or liverwurst instead of the ground liver))

Step 3

Pour sauce into the Instant Pot.

Step 4

Shape turkey mixture into 1 inch balls or use a small cookie/ice cream scoop and drop balls into the sauce.

Step 5

Secure the lid on the pot and close the pressure-release valve.

Step 6

Select MANUAL and cook at high pressure for 6 minutes. When cooking is complete, use a quick release to depressurize and serve.

Note: The liver/braunschweiger will cook up a different color than the turkey so don’t be alarmed if the inside of your meatballs has small “pink” spots.

Swedish meatballs meet Italian meatballs in this international Instant Pot mashup of flavor and quick cooking function. Traditional Swedish style meatballs are often prepared with ground beef or pork and combined with organ meats such as the liver. These meatballs are then served with a creamy gravy.

In contrast, the Italian style meatballs contain more herbs and are typically served in a tomato-based red sauce. Borrowing ideas from both cuisines, this recipe uses a Swedish style base meatball with ground turkey and liver tossed with Italian herbs and covered in a creamy romesco style sauce. By combining the two, we have a nutritionally sound meal that’s easily prepared in your Instant Pot.

Organ meats, such as liver, are one of the most nutrient-dense foods and therefore are commonly consumed in ancestral diets. Organ meats are not only incredibly nutrient-rich but they also provide a high amount of protein.

The liver is an inexpensive choice for many to add to their diets and can easily be combined with other meats as I’ve done in this dish to enhance flavor and nutritional value. You can find liver direct from the butcher or you can also use a prepared liver sausage like braunschweiger or liverwurst. If you opt for the prepared liver sausage, just check the label to be sure there aren’t additional preservatives or sugars.

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