Turkey Meatballs Stuffed With Quail Eggs Recipe

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On one of my Hawaiian Airlines flights to Honolulu, we were served a complimentary meal of turkey meatballs over a bed of rice, and it was delicious. So then I penciled the menu on my "to cook at home" list, with of course, some tweaks.

I previously prepared meatballs stuffed with boiled egg, so I thought this time, I'd make smaller meatballs stuffed with smaller eggs -- like quail eggs. To complete the recipe, I thought of complementing the meatballs with a sweet and spicy sauce with some red bell peppers.

The end product was quite appetizing with some garlic fried rice on the side. (You can also serve them over a bed of steamed rice). I had some leftover meatballs which I then added to next day's meal of spaghetti with mushroom and tomato sauce.

Talk about hitting two birds with one bullet.

Servings: 6


Cost per serving $1.76 view details


  1. In a medium bowl, combine turkey, green onions, carrots, soy sauce, salt and pepper to taste, and mix well, using clean hands.
  2. Place about 2 tbsps of the turkey mixture on the palm of your hands and flatten.  Place one quail egg in the center, then wrap the egg with the turkey mixture, forming a ball.  
  3. Roll the meatball in flour, dip in the egg and finally roll in the breadcrumbs.  Repeat process for the rest of the turkey mixture and quail eggs.
  4.  In medium pan or wok, heat Olive oil over medium heat.  Fry the meatballs in batches until they're cooked and nicely browned.  Remove from heat, drain excess oil and set aside.
  5.  Prepare the sauce by heating a tablespoon of Olive oil in a medium pan. Add garlic and cook until golden brown.
  6. Add bell peppers and stir fry for about two minutes.  Add water and bring to a quick boil.  
  7. Reduce heat and add sweet chili sauce, stirring constantly for about two to three minutes.
  8.  Place meatballs on a serving platter and pour the warm sauce over them.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 249g
Recipe makes 6 servings
Calories 372  
Calories from Fat 122 33%
Total Fat 13.59g 17%
Saturated Fat 3.54g 14%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 212mg 71%
Sodium 734mg 31%
Potassium 435mg 12%
Total Carbs 32.24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2.6g 9%
Sugars 2.83g 2%
Protein 28.55g 46%
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