Turkey Falafel Bites – Appetizer

One of my favourite times of the year, the Christmas holidays are quickly approaching.  It’s funny, but when I think about Christmas, my thoughts are never about gifts, either given or received.

My memories always centre on things like family gatherings, seeing old friends, the smell of a delicious Christmas dinner cooking. The emotions a special ornament can evoke as you carefully remove it from storage and hold it gently in your hand for the first time since last season. These are the things that make Christmas special for me.

Something I really love doing during the holidays, is entertaining. I know exactly what you’re thinking, WHAT!! on top of all the shopping, cooking and decorating, you want to entertain?  Trust me, it doesn’t need to be difficult!

Turkey Falafel BitesCanadian Turkey can help you make delicious food that is easy and healthy to prepare and is sure to wow your guests!  Making memories over a festive meal with family and friends is the greatest way to celebrate the season.

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Turkey Falafel BitesWhy not start with these delectable Turkey Falafel Bites that are easy to prepare and delicious to snack on?  They’re the perfect party appetizer and a great source of lean protein too.  Your guests will rave over this gorgeous and healthy dish.  Read on for more great ways to include Canadian turkey when you plan your next festive event!

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  1. Sub in ground turkey meat for the ground meat in any of your favourite meatball recipes.
  2. Turkey breast pairs well with Thai flavours so you can substitute it in any rice wrap recipe.
  3. Use turkey sausage for a lighter version of traditional sausage rolls.
  4. Mix chopped turkey breast with mustard, mayo and cranberries and fill up phyllo or wonton cups.
  5. Choose turkey to make a lighter, protein-packed version of crowd pleasers like crostini, flatbreads or pizza.

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4.6 from 22 reviews
Turkey Falafel Bites
 
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Serves: 36
Ingredients
  • 350 gr. ground Canadian turkey
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 package (285 gr) falafel mix
  • ½ cup store-bought tzatziki
  • ⅓ cup pomegranate seeds
  • ⅓ cup unsalted pistachios
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 36 appetizer skewers
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a medium-size frying pan over medium heat.
  2. Add onions and sauté for 2-4 minutes until softened and just beginning to brown.
  3. Add ground turkey, paprika, garlic powder and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Cook an additional 7-10 minutes, until cooked through and no longer pink. Mix to break up any larger chunks. Set aside to cool.
  5. Prepare falafel mix according to package directions.
  6. Add turkey mixture and combine.
  7. Form mixture into 1-inch balls.
  8. Shallow fry or sauté in a non-stick frying pan.
  9. Cook falafel balls until browned, 2 minutes per side.
  10. Remove and let drain on paper towels until cooled.
  11. To assemble, spread tzatziki across a large appetizer platter.
  12. Dot with turkey falafel bites.
  13. Top each bite with an appetizer skewer.
  14. Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds, pistachio nuts and cilantro.
  15. Drizzle with honey.
  16. Serve!
Notes
TIP: You can make your turkey falafel bites up to 1 day ahead and refrigerate until needed. Feel free to serve with any or all of your favourite dips like hummus, baba ganoush or roasted red pepper dip.

 

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Comments

  1. The Homestyle Turkey Tourtière sounds so delicious. Perfect for Christmas Eve.

  2. I would love try the HOMESTYLE TURKEY TOURTIÈRE

  3. Debbie White Beattie says:

    I would like to add SMOKEY TURKEY & LENTIL CHILI to my holiday menu because it looks delicious

  4. Lynda Cook says:

    I would love to try the HOMESTYLE TURKEY TOURTIÈRE sounds great!

  5. Brenda Penton says:

    I’d love to add the Thanksgiving Turkey with Fig & Walnut Dressing

  6. kathy downey says:

    I would love to add the ALL-IN-ONE THANKSGIVING DINNER BOWL to my Holiday cooking!

  7. I would love to add the ASPARAGUS AND SWISS CHEESE STUFFED TURKEY CUTLETS

  8. Carey Hurst says:

    The all in one Thanksgiving bowl .

  9. I would like to do the Turkey Tourtière, at least attempt it.

  10. Stephanie LaPlante says:

    I would love to add the Asparagus and Swiss Cheese Stuffed Turkey Cutlets!

  11. Nathalie Lebeau says:

    I make an amazing turkey Shepard’s pie! It’s one of my favorite!

  12. Nathalie Lebeau says:

    I would want to try the home style tourtiere! Oh gosh, now I want some turkey tourtières!

  13. Elizabeth R says:

    I would add the turkey tourtiere, a holiday tradition to be.

  14. I would like to add the SUNDRIED TOMATO & GREENS STUFFED TURKEY BREAST ROAST.

  15. I’m trying to add more turkey options to our meals and this looks AMAZING!!

  16. Would love to add the HOMESTYLE TURKEY TOURTIÈRE to our holiday menu.

  17. I would love to attempt the turkey tourtiere

  18. Angela September Smith says:

    WOW. the MANGO CASHEW TURKEY CURRY sounds very appealing!

  19. I think I would go for the MANGO CASHEW TURKEY CURRY

  20. SUNDRIED TOMATO & GREENS STUFFED TURKEY BREAST ROAST

  21. i really want to try the piri piri turkey. Sounds like a delicious alternative

  22. The all in one Thanksgiving bowl would be a big hit at our house! Thanks

  23. Cheryl Grandy says:

    The Mediterranean Stuffing would be a good recipe for out Christmas dinner.

  24. I would love to try the HOMESTYLE TURKEY TOURTIÈRE. I think this is something both my kids would like (as well as me).

  25. HOMESTYLE TURKEY TOURTIÈRE. thanks

  26. Eva Mitton-Urban says:

    Hearty winter comfort food that is also healthy: HOMESTYLE TURKEY TOURTIÈRE

  27. I would like to add the Gluten-Free Red Quinoa Stuffing with Apples and Walnuts

  28. SOOOOO Creative. I would love it with chutney!

  29. Alison Braidwood says:

    The Homestyle Turkey Tortiere looks good. I’d add that to my repetoire.

  30. kristen visser says:

    I would love to add the Sundried Tomato & Greens Stuffed Turkey Breast Roast

  31. Julie bolduc says:

    I think I’m going to make the Turkey Tourtière this Christmas

  32. I would like to add the MAPLE-THYME BASTED ROAST TURKEY to my holiday celebrations.

  33. Elizabeth Vlug says:

    Just in time for Christmas I would love to try the HOMESTYLE TURKEY TOURTIÈRE.

  34. NormaJane (NJ) says:

    I have been craving Chili lately and was please to find this recipe http://www.canadianturkey.ca/recipes/smoky-turkey-lentil-chili/
    Easy enough and I’m sure delicious

  35. HOMESTYLE TURKEY TOURTIÈRE Certainly is worth a try!

  36. I’d love to try the Homestyle Turkey Tourtière. I’ve never had Tourtière

  37. I would like to try the asparagus and swiss cheese stuffed turkey cutlets.

  38. I’d try the asparagus and swiss stuffed turkey cutlets… yum!

  39. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says:

    we would like SMOKEY TURKEY & LENTIL CHILI

  40. Christine R says:

    I would love to try they turkey lentil chili!

  41. Christine Holliday says:

    I’d like to try Chimichurri Turkey Breast on the Grill

  42. The smoked turkey and lentil chili sounds good!

  43. I like the sound of the HOMESTYLE TURKEY TOURTIÈRE

  44. Wendy hutton says:

    I would love the SUNDRIED TOMATO & GREENS STUFFED TURKEY BREAST ROAST, sometimes with just the 2 of us I hate cooking a whole bird

  45. I like the sound of the MAPLE-THYME BASTED ROAST TURKEY -it sounds very good

  46. Would like to try the HONEY MUSTARD AND SRIRACHA TURKEY THIGHS recipe.

  47. Smoked Turkey & Lentil Chili looks delicious.

  48. I’d like to try out the Tiger Tails

  49. Rosanne Robinson says:

    I would like to add SMOKED TURKEY & LENTIL CHILI to my holiday menu, it looks super yummy.

  50. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I think that Peach Glazed Roasted Turkey Breast sounds scrumptious so I’d like to add that. :-)

  51. Shane smith says:

    Piri Piri Turkey! It’s such a good sauce

  52. The Thanksgiving Turkey with Fig & Walnut Dressing

  53. lori galbraith says:

    I think the HOMESTYLE TURKEY TOURTIÈRE would be a great additions to our festivities.

  54. I’d like to try the Sheet Pan Turkey Dinner with Spring Veggies and Herbs

  55. The Sausage and Pistachio stuffed turkey breast roast would be a great addition to the family meal.

  56. Valerie Warmington says:

    Turjey & lentil chili for low far, high protein high fibre!

  57. Robyn Bellefleur says:

    I would love to have the Thanksgiving Turkey with Fig & Walnut Dressing.

  58. ivy pluchinsky says:

    I would love to try the SMOKEY TURKEY & LENTIL CHILI

  59. I would love to try the HOMESTYLE TURKEY TOURTIÈRE

  60. The HEARTY TURKEY & LENTIL BREAKFAST BOWL looks good.

  61. I’d love to try the Sundried Tomato Stuffed Turkey Breast!

  62. Sarah alexis says:

    I would love to try the PROTEIN-PACKED TURKEY & LENTIL FRITTATA!!!

  63. Th e recipe for Toasted Tur-Banos sounds like a delicious updated version of a turkey sandwich.

  64. Jennifer P. says:

    Oooh, I would love to add the Homestyle Turkey Tourtière to our Christmas celebrations! My husband and my stepdad have always had tourtiere as a family tradition, but I don’t usually like the meat they use – I am certain I would love this turkey version instead!!

  65. nicolthepickle says:

    I would really like to make the homestyle tukey tortiere. Meat pie is my favourite comfort food.

  66. Mary Boudreau says:

    The Homestyle Turkey Tourtière looks delish and I think the family would enjoy it

  67. Love the snack jars for post-Christmas leftovers!

  68. Sab Edwards says:
  69. Tara Betterley says:

    I would try the Turkey Dinner Bowl. It looks like Shepards Pie and we love it in our house.

  70. Florence Cochrane says:

    I love to try the HOMESTYLE TURKEY TOURTIÈRE this holiday season.

  71. I’m going to try the Homestyle Turkey Tourtiere! Looks so good.

  72. I would love to try the Homestyle Turkey Tourtière for our Christmas brunch with the entire family.

  73. The Homestyle Turkey Tourtiere would be a hit this Christmas!

  74. Tammy Harrison says:

    Homestyle Turkey courtiers would be great

  75. The turkey falafel bites sound so good

    I also saw a recipe on FB for thanksgiving leftover egg rolls

    I love food …

  76. Juliee Fitze says:

    I would like to try the TURKEY & MOZZARELLA STUFFED VEGGIES.

  77. the ONE PAN TURKEY PILAF WITH OLIVES, ORANGE AND APRICOTS looks delicious

  78. One recipe I’d like to add to my repertoire is HOMESTYLE TURKEY TOURTIÈRE.

  79. I would love to try the HOMESTYLE TURKEY TOURTIÈRE this holiday!

  80. I think we would like the SHREDDED TURKEY STUFFED SALAD ROLLS WITH EASY PEANUT SAUCE

  81. Jennifer Wilson says:

    I would add the MUSHROOM, LEEK AND TURKEY SAUSAGE STUFFING to my Holiday celebrations.

  82. Vivian Dionne says:

    I would add the Goat Cheese and Red Pepper Frittata recipe for my holiday celebrations.

  83. turkey and lentil cjilli

  84. love to add the Asparagus and Swiss Cheese Stuffed Turkey Cutlets!

  85. The CORNBREAD AND DRIED FRUIT DRESSING sounds like it would be a nice change from my usual potato based dressing

  86. Definitely the Thanksgiving Turkey with Fig & Walnut Dressing

  87. The Homestyle Turkey Tourtière is perfect for Christmas .

  88. Brigida Battistessa says:

    Excellent low carb recipe

  89. I’d try the Apple, Sage and Shallot Stuffed Holiday Turkey.

  90. We eat as much fresh food as we can and I like to make homemade soups and stews!

  91. I would try the HOMESTYLE TURKEY TOURTIÈRE as a new holiday recipe.

  92. I would love to try the HOMESTYLE TURKEY TOURTIÈRE

  93. Karla Sceviour says:

    I would like to make the HOMESTYLE TURKEY TOURTIÈRE -looks delicious!!

  94. Andrea Williams says:

    I would like to try the All-In-One Thanksgiving Dinner Bowl .

  95. The Citrus & Rosemary Roasted Turkey Breast sounds amazing… I think even my youngest would eat it!

  96. I would like to make the Homestyle Turkey Tourtière. I’ve eaten this (pork version) a lot, but never made it with turkey.

  97. Olivia clow says:

    Wow i lwould love to make the home style turkeyTourtiere.It looks fantastic.

  98. Elizabeth Robinson says:

    The all in one Thanksgiving bowl.

  99. Thai turkey spring rolls — yum!

  100. thanksgiving bowl looks delicious!

  101. CHEDDAR SMOKEY TURKEY & LENTIL BURGERS look delicious!

  102. Id like to add the MANGO CASHEW TURKEY CURRY , looks so yummy and a little warm and tropical feeling for the cold days

  103. Marilyn Legault says:

    I would like to try the HOMESTYLE TURKEY TOURTIÈRE

  104. I would love to make the mushroom, leek and turkey sausage stuffing this xmas!

  105. So many great choices! I’d start with Thanksgiving Turkey with Fig & Walnut Dressing. Besos Sarah.

  106. Anu Chopra says:

    I would add the TURKEY FALAFEL BITES to my holiday celebrations!

  107. The homestyle tourtiere but without turkey, vegan people here!

  108. The Sundried Tomato & Greens Stuffed Turkey Breast looks fab!!

  109. I would love to add the Homestyle Turkey Tourtière to our holiday dinner table! That crust looks divine & would make a new tradition!

  110. Tammy Greer says:

    I would love the Goat Cheese and Red Pepper Frittata! Sounds so delish and I know my family would be in agreement as well.

  111. I’d love to add the HOMESTYLE TURKEY TOURTIÈRE to our holiday table. It looks and sounds delicious!!

  112. I would love to add the turkey falafel bites to pur holiday table since we’re Jewish and we love falafels

  113. I’d like to add TURKEY & MOZZARELLA STUFFED VEGGIES

  114. Wendy Jensen says:

    I visited Canadian Turkey and the recipe I would add to my holiday celebrations is their ROASTING A WHOLE TURKEY recipe.

  115. Stacey Engel says:

    Not my cup of turkey

  116. Caryn Coates says:

    I would add the turkey tourtiere

  117. Irene Eichler says:

    We will be having The HOMESTYLE TURKEY TOURTIÈRE! It looks so good

  118. Christine D says:

    My gosh they all look so delicious! But the Chili looks amazing! http://www.canadianturkey.ca/recipes/smoky-turkey-lentil-chili/

  119. Patrick Siu says:

    I would love to try the Apple, Sage and Shallot Stuffed Holiday Turkey

  120. caroline m. says:

    HOMESTYLE TURKEY TOURTIÈRE would be the winning recipe in our family

  121. All-In-One Thanksgiving Dinner Bowl

  122. The turkey falafel bites look like a great recipe to add to my list of appetizers

  123. Belinda McNabb says:

    I would add the Honey Mustard and Sriracha Turkey Thighs

  124. I would add the Turkey Tourtiere!

  125. Harvinderks says:

    I would like to try the asparagus and swiss cheese stuffed turkey cutlets.

  126. BobbiJo pentney says:

    I would love the turkey falafel bites.

  127. I’d love to add this
    MUSHROOM, LEEK AND TURKEY SAUSAGE STUFFING to my holiday celebrations.

  128. The tiger tails

  129. Trevor Lackey says:

    I would love to try the Homestyle Turkey Tourtiere.

  130. Nattie Hartford says:

    WARM TURKEY AND ROOT VEGETABLE SALAD WITH GOAT CHEESE DRESSING looks amazing! Great way to use up some leftovers.

  131. WARM TURKEY AND ROOT VEGETABLE SALAD WITH GOAT CHEESE DRESSING sounds perfect!

  132. I think the recipe would love to try the most is the HOMESTYLE TURKEY TOURTIÈRE.It sounds delicious and tasty.

  133. Kitsa Tsivoulas says:

    I would love to try the WARM TURKEY AND ROOT VEGETABLE SALAD WITH GOAT CHEESE DRESSING! Sounds delicious :)

  134. Would defnitely love to try the Homestyle Turkey Tourtière.

  135. The homestyle turkey tourtiere sounds like a delicious alternative!

  136. Turkey Biryani looks scrumptious!

  137. Scott MacMillan says:

    I would like to do the Turkey Tourtière.

  138. Darwin Chau says:

    I would try the Thanksgiving Turkey with Fig & Walnut Dressing recipe.

  139. I would love to try to Piri Piri Turkey!

  140. I would add the GRILLED TURKEY AND PINEAPPLE STUFFED MUSHROOMS to the holidays.

  141. Leslie Crosbie says:

    Beer can BBQ Turkey!!

  142. The Turkey Minestrone will be a nice change from my regular Minestrone recipe and a great way to make use of all of the roast turkey.

  143. I would love to make the turkey tourtière! Thanks

  144. crystal porter says:

    I would love the MUSHROOM, LEEK AND TURKEY SAUSAGE STUFFING

  145. Jennifer L. says:

    I like the PROTEIN-PACKED TURKEY & LENTIL FRITTATA for our holiday.

  146. Erin McSweeney says:

    would love to try the MUSHROOM, LEEK AND TURKEY SAUSAGE STUFFING

  147. BBQ Espresso -Chipotle Turkey Ranch Nachos sound amazing.

  148. Cynthia hache says:

    I would try the mushroom, leek and turkey sausage stuffing. :)

  149. Stephen Gordon says:

    I would love try the HOMESTYLE TURKEY TOURTIÈRE

  150. I’d add the Homestyle Turkey Tourtière; my mother always made hers with beef and pork. I’d change it up a bit by using turkey.

  151. Heather Sibley says:

    I’d love to try the HOMESTYLE TURKEY TOURTIÈRE

  152. Homestyle Turkey Tourtière is one I would like to try

  153. Jenny Major says:

    I’d love to add the Thanksgiving Turkey with Fig & Walnut Dressing

  154. I would like to add this recipe:ONE PAN TURKEY PILAF WITH OLIVES, ORANGE AND APRICOTS

  155. Mediterranean stuffing

  156. Actually, the Turkey Falafel Bites appeal to me. I might light to give the recipe a try.

  157. oops — that should be ‘like’ instead of ‘light’

  158. I would like to add Turkey Biryani as it sounds very good

  159. Turkey bacon scalloped potatoes! I LOVE potatoes!

  160. I would love to try Tasty Turkey Dinner Bites – they look like a little appetizer that would make you hungry for more!

    M

  161. Doreen Lamoureux says:

    The Hearty Turkey & Lentil Breakfast Bowl sounds like an awesome breakfast.

  162. Homestyle Turkey Tourtière

  163. The Turkey Falafel Bites look delicious—must try to make these!

  164. Kate Hearn says:

    The tasty turkey puffs sound good… leftover turkey use

  165. Margaret Hirst says:

    Turkey Falafel Bites…always looking for new ways to serve left overs….

  166. The Mushroom, Leek and Turkey Sausage Stuffing looks delicious!

  167. I’d like to try the Homestyle Turkey Tourtiere. Looks delicious!

  168. Sheryl Altvater says:

    POMEGRANATE GLAZED TURKEY THIGH ROAST look good..

  169. Tara Gauthier says:

    The ASPARAGUS AND SWISS CHEESE STUFFED TURKEY CUTLETS sound divine!

  170. I would love to add the Sundried Tomato & Greens Stuffed Turkey Breast Roast

  171. Claire Martel says:

    I would to try Turkey Falafel Bites receipe.

  172. I need to find some gluten-free sub buns but this looks awesome http://www.canadianturkey.ca/recipes/toasted-tur-banos/

  173. Cheryl Laffin Sawatzky says:

    it would be a toss up between the ASPARAGUS AND SWISS CHEESE STUFFED TURKEY CUTLETS and the Homestyle Turkey Tourtiere.

  174. I would like to add Mushroom, Leek and Turkey Sausage Stuffing to our holiday celebrations.

  175. I would try the Maple-Thyme Basted Roast Turkey for Christmas.

  176. The The Homestyle Turkey Tourtière sounds delicious and I’d try it.

  177. Karen Elizabeth Hill says:

    Cranberry Cream Cheese & Turkey Stuffed Mushrooms

  178. I would love to add the Apple Caramelized Onion Glazed Turkey Drumsticks to my list of holiday recipes.

  179. Herb and garlic turkey

  180. I’d love to try Turkey Biryani.

  181. HOMESTYLE TURKEY TOURTIÈRE sounds amazing

  182. I would love to give the Turkey Falafel Bites a try.

  183. I would love to try the HOMESTYLE TURKEY TOURTIÈRE

  184. Maria McLachlan says:
  185. I would add the Falafel Bites to our holiday celebrations so it can use up lefttover turkey.

  186. This recipe for Turkey Falafel Bites is one recipes I’m going to try for our Holiday pot-luck at work and also one of our Christmas appetizers.

  187. I think the All-In-One Thanksgiving Dinner Bowl looks tasty. It seems like a great way to enjoy Christmas day left-overs (or as my MIL likes to call them – planned-overs).

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