These Cranberry Sweet Potato Turkey Popper are the ultimate holiday appetizer! They’re paleo, whole30, gluten-free, and AIP compliant.

Looking for a new holiday appetizer? Yes, cheese boards and dips are great, but it’s fun to mix it up! That’s were the sweet potato cranberry turkey popper comes in! These little poppers are essentially chicken nuggets made with ground turkey, sweet potato, cranberries, and herbs.

Seriously, they’re perfect for getting all of the holidays in one bite at a holiday party, or for satiating hungry guests while Thanksgiving dinner is finishing. They’re made with simple, easy to find ingredients and won’t add tons of labor to your holiday food prep. Plus, they taste amazing dipped in cranberry sauce.

How to make the Sweet Potato Cranberry Turkey Poppers

  • Prep and combine: Add the fresh cranberries to a food processor and set it to shred or chop for 10-15 seconds.

Cranberries in food processor

  • Remove the cranberries and use a paper towel to clean up any excess juice. Combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and thoroughly combine. Begin rolling the mixture into small, slightly flattened poppers about one inch in diameter (you’ll have about 25 poppers) and place them on the cooking sheet.

Turkey popper ingredients

  • Bake & serve: Place in the oven for 25-28 minutes, flipping halfway through Crisp further in a pan or place under the broiler if desired for 1-2 minutes to crisp further. Remove from the oven when thoroughly cooked through. Serve with cranberry sauce or by themselves.

How Do You Serve The Cranberry Sweet Potato Turkey Poppers?

Like the other poppers, these are super versatile! Here are some ideas for how to serve them…

  • Serve as a holiday dinner appetizer with cranberry sauce for dipping
  • Bring to an office or holiday party when you don’t want to cook a whole turkey
  • Make throughout the holidays for fun, seasonal lunches and dinners

 

The Ingredients You’ll Need For The Cranberry Turkey Poppers

Ground turkey

Turkey obviously goes best with the holiday theme, but you can also use chicken. However, I find ground turkey to be easier to find!

Sweet potato

You’ll likely already have sweet potato on hand for the holidays, and all you’ll have to do is rice or shred it. I often use a cheese grater to shred it, but you can just as easily use a food processor.

Fresh cranberries

I was skeptical about using fresh cranberries in these and thought I would have more luck with dried… so wrong! The fresh cranberries are amazing and add so much holiday flare!

Rosemary, parsley & sage

You can easily mix up the herbs, but I find these to work best with the flavors.

Coconut flour and coconut oil

Coconut flour isn’t a necessity… they bind without it, but it helps make it more crispy! You can sub other flours are needed… there’s really only 2 tbsp for the whole recipe, so you won’t notice the flavor that much either way.

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Cranberry Sweet Potato Turkey Poppers (Paleo, AIP, Whole 30)


  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Description

These Cranberry Sweet Potato Turkey Popper are the ultimate holiday appetizer! They’re paleo, whole30, gluten-free, and AIP compliant.


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Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 2 cup sweet potato, shredded or riced (using a grater or food processor)
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tsp rosemary
  • 2 tsp sage
  • 2 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Add the fresh cranberries to a food processor and set it to shred or chop for 10-15 seconds. Remove the cranberries and use a paper towel to clean up any excess juice
  3. Combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix well to combine.
  4. Begin rolling the mixture into small, slightly flattened poppers about one inch in diameter (you’ll have about 20-22 poppers) and place them on the baking sheet.
  5. Bake in in the preheated oven for 25-28 minutes, flipping half way through. The internal temperature should read 165 F. Crisp further under the broiler if desired for 1-2 minutes if desired.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before serving with cranberry sauce or by themselves.

Notes

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All nutritional information are estimations and will vary. Estimations do not include optional ingredients.

  • Category: Main Dishes
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 440
  • Fat: 16.4g
  • Carbohydrates: 52.7g
  • Fiber: 6.8g
  • Protein: 24.4g

I hope you love these as much as my husband and I do! Happy holidays, and happy eating 😉

Cranberry Turkey Poppers

This post first appeared on Unbound Wellness in Nov 2017 and was updated in 2019 with new photos and a video.