Slow Cooker Morroccan Turkey Meatballs with Homemade Whole Wheat Naan

Tender Turkey Meatballs spiked with Subtly Exotic Spices and Simmered in the Slow Cooker with a Tangy Sweet sauce.  Pairs perfectly with Easy Homemade Whole Wheat Naan!

Slow Cooker Morroccan Turkey Meatballs with Homemade Whole Wheat Naan | Baking a Moment

How’s your week going?  Is it warming up for ya yet?  We are finally getting some milder temperatures and I couldn’t be happier about it!  My boys have missed more baseball practices than they’ve attended, with all the cold, rainy days of late.  The ground is still pretty soggy at this point, but I know it’s just a matter of time before that works itself out.  And, the upshot is, this:

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So….  Things have been busy around here!  Spring cleaning, and lots of fun projects going on behind the scenes here at Baking a Moment.  It’s been so busy, in fact, that I felt the need to pry myself out of bed at 5 am yesterday morning, just to get on top of the laundry situation and have an extra 20 minutes in my day to work out.  Whew!  It was a tough time getting through the day, but I’m not sorry I did it!  It feels good to get a better handle on things.

Today I’m bringing you another savory recipe!  And this one’s a whole entire meal.  I think you’re really going to love it!  For one thing, it can be made in the slow cooker.  For another: homemade bread.  YES!  I am not an experienced bread baker.  Cakes I may know, but bread is uncharted territory for me, so you know that if I can do this, so can you ;)  That said, if you are having a crazy busy week like I am, this meal will taste just as good with store bought naan, and the slow cooker will save you all sorts of time on top of that.

Slow Cooker Morroccan Turkey Meatballs with Homemade Whole Wheat Naan | Baking a Moment

And did I mention the flavors?  Oh, right, the flavors are amaaaazing!

The turkey meatballs are so soft and pillowy, spiked with a subtly exotic spice blend, and every now and then you get a pop of sweetness from the golden raisins.  The sauce is a little tangy, a little spicy, and full of robust tomato.

Slow Cooker Morroccan Turkey Meatballs | Baking a Moment

The homemade whole wheat naan is easy enough.  There’s a little bit of down time, just waiting for it to rise, so I’d recommend starting it in the morning.  About 20 minutes before you’re ready to eat, you can preheat your cast iron griddle and roll out the rounds.  They only take a few seconds to cook on the stovetop!

Homemade Whole Wheat Naan | Baking a Moment

Homemade Whole Wheat Naan | Baking a Moment

I layered my whole wheat naan with a little fresh spinach, and then ladled the saucy meatballs on top.  A dollop of creamy Greek yogurt and a little fresh mint are such a great counterpoint to all the earthy flavors!

Slow Cooker Moroccan Turkey Meatballs with Homemade Whole Wheat Naan | Baking a Moment

Slow Cooker Morroccan Turkey Meatballs with Homemade Whole Wheat Naan

Slow Cooker Morroccan Turkey Meatballs with Homemade Whole Wheat Naan

Tender Turkey Meatballs spiked with Subtly Exotic Spices and Simmered in the Slow Cooker with a Tangy Sweet sauce. Pairs perfectly with Easy Homemade Whole Wheat Naan!

Ingredients

    For the Moroccan Turkey Meatballs:
  • 2 1/2 slices whole wheat bread
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used 1%)
  • 1/2 sweet onion, finely chopped and sautéed in olive oil until translucent
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pound ground turkey (I used 93% lean)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • pepper to taste
  • For the Sauce:
  • 1 (28-ounce) can tomato puree
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1/2-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled
  • zest of one orange
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • For the Whole Wheat Naan:
  • 1/4 cup warm milk
  • 1 (1/4 ounce) packet dry active yeast
  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt (I used nonfat)
  • 2 tablespoons oil (I used extra virgin olive oil)
  • Additionally:
  • Greens, such as spinach, kale, chard, or broccolini, raw, steamed, or sautéed in garlic oil until wilted
  • Greek yogurt (I used nonfat)
  • Fresh mint

Instructions

    Make the Moroccan Turkey Meatballs:
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F, and lightly mist a 9x13-inch baking dish with nonstick spray.
  2. Place the bread and milk in a large bowl and squeeze the mixture together with your hands, breaking up the bread and combining it with the milk.
  3. Add the cooked onion, raisins, spices, and ground turkey. Stir to combine.
  4. Roll or scoop into 1-inch balls and place in the prepared baking dish. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden around the edges.
  5. Make the Sauce:
  6. Place all of the sauce ingredients in the crock of a slow cooker, and stir to combine. Add the meatballs and set to "low," for 8 hours.
  7. Make the Whole Wheat Naan:
  8. Sprinkle the yeast over the surface of the warm milk and set aside to proof.
  9. Place the flours, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl and stir to combine.
  10. Make a well in the center, and add the milk/yeast, yogurt, and oil. Knead the dough (either by hand or on low speed, using the dough hook attachment), until soft and pliable. If the dough seems too dry, add a little warm water to bring it together. It should come away from the sides of the bowl, and be soft but not sticky.
  11. Cover the dough with plastic wrap, and set in a warm place to rise for 2 hours or until doubled in size.
  12. Preheat a cast iron griddle on medium-high heat.
  13. Punch down the dough and divide into balls about the size of a lime. Roll each ball with a rolling pin, to a thickness of about 1/4 inch.
  14. Sprinkle the surface of the dough with water, and place on the hot pan. When the bottom is brown and there are lots of big bubbles on the surface, flip it and cook it on the other side. If desired, brown the surface over an open flame.

Notes

Whole Wheat Naan Recipe by Monsoon Spice.

http://bakingamoment.com/slow-cooker-morroccan-turkey-meatballs-with-homemade-whole-wheat-naan/

Slow Cooker Moroccan Turkey Meatballs with Homemade Whole Wheat Naan | Baking a Moment

Everything can be made ahead and kept warm- the meatballs in the slow cooker, and the naan wrapped in foil in the oven, so it’s perfect for those busy evenings when everyone’s coming and going.

I hope you enjoy, and have a great weekend!  :D

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Comments

  1. says

    Okay, this dinner has my name written all over it. I LOVE moroccan food and your meatballs look fantastic! And that naan?? Yeast-y perfection! The two look like they go so great together. So putting this on my dinner menu for next week. pinned! ;)

    • says

      Thanks so much, Sarah! I’m so glad you like this recipe. This is just the kind of food I love too. I’m so into those ethnic flavors. And the yogurt and mint too! Thanks so much for pinning and for the awesome feedback ;)

  2. says

    This looks and sounds so good! I’ve made a Morroccan chicken stew before and my family and I all loved the flavor combinations. Pinned to try this… including the naan!

  3. says

    You have such beautiful, clean photos in this post, Allie … definitely going to find a nice Pinterest board to post them to!
    Every now and again a dish PARTICULARLY appeals to me and this definitely falls into that category. I like the idea of the lovely spices in the meatballs (the Greeks put cinnamon in their meat a lot and it works so well). I’d really like to try this some time (I’ll let you know when I do!) with the homemade naan and all!

    • says

      Thanks so much Jessica! I had no trouble with the naan at all, and I’m a first-timer! I pretty much followed Monsoon Spice’s instructions to the letter, but then I just rewrote the method in my own words. It worked perfectly and came out delicious. Love the char flavor on those blistery bubbles!

  4. says

    Ahhhhhh Allie!!!!! I absolutely LOVE these kind of meals!!!!!!!! They are so wholesome and filling!!!! I loveeeeeeee the addition of raisins for that sudden burst of sweetness in a bite! And the way you have assembled it makes it such a complete dish with the spinach and the yogurt ! Oh yum!!!!!!!!! I need this in my life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3

  5. says

    This looks like an awesome awesome meal! I love crockpot meals … and to go with homemade bread?? Yes please! I’ve seen a few recipes for homemade naan this week and now I’m dying to give it a try!

    • says

      This was my first time trying my hand at it and it worked out great! The recipe was easy, and I’m definitely a novice when it comes to yeast. You should definitely give it a go, Ashley, I think you’d totally rock it! xoxo

  6. says

    Allie, this meal looks sensational! I love Moroccan flavors, and your whole wheat Naan is more than I can stand. I’ve been getting into bread baking myself lately — it was something that always intimidated me — but there’s nothing better than fresh baked bread. :) Have a great weekend!

    • says

      You are so right, Marcie! I’m a little intimidated by bread baking too, but I would really love to get more comfortable with it. I’m so glad you liked the post and thanks for the encouragement. Hope you’re enjoying your weekend!

    • says

      Oh I know! Right?! I love meatballs and so do my kids. And any kind of exotic spiced anything has my name written all over it. Sounds like you and I have the same kind of taste in food, lol! I’m so happy you like this one, Sue! Thanks so much for the great feedback ;)

  7. says

    Allie!!! Love this recipe! I always love finding new slow cooker ideas. . these Moroccan turkey meatballs look so delicious!!! I have been the same way. . waking up at the crack of dawn to try to get things done before everyone wakes up. . hoping the lack of sleep does not come back to bite me in the butt! :) and today, I could actually sleep in . . and I woke up at 6am! no alarm clock. :P

  8. says

    Allie, we have been missing out on our soccer practices and games because of the snow. WAY too cold to be outside playing Spring sports. You make such beautiful food! I’m loving the whole slow cook action with this recipe… looks delish!

    • says

      Thanks so much, Gloria! We have our first baseball game later today and the sun is shining, woo-hoo! Hopefully the cold wind doesn’t get us, lol. I’m so happy you like this recipe- my mom and I really enjoyed it and it was pretty easy to make. Love to you and your family! :D

  9. says

    I’m so ready for Spring. We just had a snow storm and are expecting another today. I love the picture of your new flowers. I can’t wait to see that in my yard. Not to mention, I’d like to see this dish at my dinner table. Looks delicious!!

    • says

      Oh Cindy! I’m so sorry to hear you are still under snow, and no flowers yet! This has been such a hard winter. It’s warming up a little bit here in Philly this week, but it’s a slow thaw. I hope the sun makes its way over to you soon! And thanks so much for the sweet comment!

  10. says

    Allie, you could’ve fooled me with that whole bread baking thing. Your naan looks totally pro! And the meatballs sound amazing. I love the Morroccan flavour twist and the fact that this is made in a slow cooker. I just got one so I can’t wait to try this! Your photos are stunning, as always. Only you could make meatballs in sauce look this beautiful!

  11. says

    Please come make dinner at my place thanks!! This looks delicious!! And I don’t know what you are talking about your bread baking skills coz you sure do look like you are a professional!! Love this meal. Can I come down and enjoy it with you please?

    • says

      Thanks so much, Krista, for the awesome comment and for pinning too! I’m so happy you like this one! I enjoy taking my time with my dessert baking, but when it comes to dinner I like to keep it quick and easy ;)

  12. says

    Wow, everything looks amazing Allie! I love love love moroccan food and that you made it in the slow cooker. Your naan looks perfect and so pro too – we always gobble up naan so quickly but I’ve never tried making it at home – I love this whole wheat version and can’t wait to give it a try -pinning – it looks delicious :)

  13. says

    This meal – this whole meal – looks mind bogglingly good. I am only sorry that I don’t have time to make it for dinner tonight because that’s how much I want to try it. The flavors are so inviting and I absolutely love Moroccan spices. Any idea how to make the sauce without a slow cooker? Maybe just simmer on low for awhile?

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