Got to Be NC
Recipe by: Lisa Prince

Sweet Potato Turkey Meatballs

This is a lighter version of a meatball that is filled with delicious flavor and texture. Serve with your favorite tangy barbecue sauce and they are sure to disappear. For more information about North Carolina sweet potatoes, visit:

Servings: 15
Cook Time: Prep Time: 20 minutes; Total Time: 45 minutes
Meal Type: Appetizer
NC Ingredients: sweet potato, pecans, turkey

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large sweet potato
cup chopped pecans, chopped very fine
Tbsp. coconut oil
clove garlic, grated
tsp. paprika
tsp. salt
tsp. cinnamon
lb. ground white turkey meat
cup your favorite BBQ Sauce


Preheat the oven to 400F. Coat a mini muffin tin generously with cooking spray.

Shred the sweet potato and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the pecans, coconut oil, garlic, paprika, salt and cinnamon. Add the sweet potatoes and ground turkey. Mix well, using your hands.

Working with one tablespoon and a half of mixture at a time, form 24 balls (we like to use a small ice cream scoop, so they are all even in size). Place them in the mini muffin tin and bake them for 30 minutes.

Right before serving, heat BBQ sauce on low heat. Add the sweet potato meatballs and until warm and coated with the BBQ sauce.


Recipes found on this page are from Got to Be NC members, staff, industry partners and Stove Side Chats. Stove Side Chats is Got to Be NC’s cooking show hosted by restaurant marketing specialist Chad Blackwelder. This series invites chefs and home cooks from around the state to teach you how to cook with in-season North Carolina deliciousness.