Like Cinderella, at the stroke of midnight, all things pumpkin seems to have disappeared. The shelf space is quickly being shifted into Thanksgiving and holiday items. In fact, I got to pick up some old favorites like Brandy Beans and Double Chocolate Hot Cocoa Stirring Spoons as stocking stuffers. With the next Fearless Flyer landing Monday, it isn't a shock to see so many new items.
Taste and review
Before I have fun enjoying all the sweets, I checked the frozen aisle for some real food. And yes, there are some real food items.
So here are some brand new but seasonal meatballs. Yes, that means these are going to go away.
So these are a miniature version of the popular Turkey Meatballs. But these are a bit different from the regular variety.
First off, these are miniature. And for those low carb people, these clearly have more carbs in them. They are flame broiled so they are already cooked.
Also, the picture shows a sauce or gravy which isn't present in these either. There are quite a few meatballs in this little bag and are the perfect size for picking up with a tooth pick to serve as an appetizer portion.
Now regardless of how they might be different, one thing remains: they are tasty little bites of Thanksgiving flavor. It is turkey, the familiar seasonings, and cranberries.
The cranberry isn't overwhelming and adds just a bit of tart flavor to these little balls of goodness. The only thing I was longing for was having these with a side of stuffing.
For $4.49 these are priced right, but they are seasonal so they won't be on shelves forever. They are worth a try if you are already a fan of the turkey meatballs and are a fun seasonal option.
Would I buy this again? Yes, I would pick up another couple bags before the season is out.
The bag of Trader Joe's Turkey Cranberry Meatballs:
After being cooked you get:
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Trader Joe's Turkey Cranberry Meatballs
Product Name: Trader Joe's Turkey Cranberry Meatballs
Product Description: Mini turkey cranberry meatballs that are full of Thanksgiving flavor.
A seasonal mini meatball full of Thanksgiving flavor.
- Moist and easy to prepare
- Good flavor
- Seasonal, so if you love it pick it up before it disappears
Can't wait to see the holiday stuff! I hope TJ's launches more gift goodies. I think these would be great simmered in cranberry sauce obviously. Or even a twist on meatball sub.
Hey Alek! Same here. I'm always excited for all the new things. Your suggestion sounds pretty good. Thanks for sharing!
I would def want to smother these in gravy! There is almost always bone broth in the fridge, so gravy is a cakewalk, should the need arise. And it DOES arise! - often!
Hey Judie! I couldn't agree more with adding gravy. I'm pretty sure that is what they pictured on the bag. Your gravy sounds pretty good. Thanks so much for stopping by!
Phew. I'm so glad you liked these! I was at Trader Joe's this evening BEFORE I saw your review. I saw these sitting in the freezer section and bought them out of curiosity. I'm looking forward to making them. Just not sure what to pair them with. For some reason rice and pasta don't seem right. Maybe make a meatball burrito or put them on top of a baked potato with other stuff? We shall see
Hey Dag! Oddly enough I'd pair them with stuffing of all things. Add some gravy and you would be all set. Thanks as always for stopping by.
Thanks for your suggestion I will definitely need to try that!
Olivia Olmsted says
Do you think it’d go well with a white wine gravy, all in a crockpot as an appetizer for Thanksgiving dinner? OR how would you cook/ keep them in a crockpot for a few hours?
I think it would work. When I hit the sample station of Trader Joe's that was the pairing. I dont believe they used a slow cooker.
I am on a total Trader Joe's kick and just finished eating some of these. I'm not a big gravy fan so I've been eating them alongside TJ's cauliflower stuffing (with sage and cranberries)!
Hey AP! What did you think of them?
Margaret Kidder says
I am going to serve these as an appetizer. Do I need gravy? You stated that they were moist.
It depends on your preference. I'm not a meatball and gravy fan. Heat up one and see if they need it to your palate. Let me know how they turn out.