Weaning ideas: Turkey, cranberry and vegetable balls

by Annabel Karmel |

Preparation Time

10 mins


Makes 18 mini balls


  • 2 tsp olive oil

  • 50g carrot, peeled and grated

  • 60g mushrooms, chopped

  • 50g spinach

  • 300g minced turkey

  • 200g cold mashed potato

  • 4 spring onions, chopped

  • 25g Parmesan cheese, grated

  • 30g dried cranberries, chopped

  • 25g Panko breadcrumbs

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 1 tsp thyme, chopped

  • A little oil for frying

1.Heat the oil in a frying pan. Add the carrots and mushrooms and fry for 3-4 minutes. Add the spinach and stir until wilted. Leave to cool.

2.Put the minced turkey, mashed potatoes, cooled vegetables, spring onions, Parmesan cheese, cranberries, half of the breadcrumbs, egg yolk and thyme into a mixing bowl. Season lightly (for babies 12 months +) and mix well. Shape into 18 balls and roll in the remaining breadcrumbs.

3.Heat a little oil in a frying pan. Add the balls and fry over a high heat for 5-8 minutes until golden on all sizes.

Kids and adults alike will love my tasty mini turkey balls. These festive finger foods are fantastic for the whole family - serve either as a Christmas canape or to those little ones who are enjoying the wonderful world of baby-led weaning. With carrots, mushrooms, spinach and cranberries these small but mighty bites pack a festively nutritious punch!

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