All FILLED with cheese.
Meatballs are good. Turkey meatballs are better. Cheese stuffed turkey meatballs are the best!
Normally we mix ground turkey in with the sauce, but this week (yes, we typically have spaghetti dinner once a week) I had a craving for meatballs. I was looking for a recipe and came upon this one on Picky Palate. Stuffing meatballs with mozzarella? Genius!
These meatballs are so delicious! I'm in love. I should mention this is the second stuffed recipe from Picky Palate that I have fallen for. Once again, Jenny is my hero.
I made 12 big meatballs, and am already out. I already plan on making these again for meatball subs next week. :)
Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs
Recipe from Picky Palate
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 pound ground turkey
1 large egg
½ cup finely chopped white onion
½ cup Panko bread crumbs
½ cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
¼ cup milk
2 Tbsp. minced garlic
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp. yellow mustard
1 tsp. hot sauce, like Tabasco - I used Tapatio
½ tsp. kosher salt
¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
¼ tsp. garlic salt
Ten 1-inch Mozzarella balls
Preheat oven to 350°F, and grease 9×13-inch baking dish with oil.
Place turkey, egg, onion, bread crumbs, Parmesan, milk, garlic, Worcestershire, mustard, hot sauce, salt, pepper and garlic salt into a large mixing bowl, stirring until just combined.
Take ¼ cup turkey mixture and press into center with your thumb to make room for cheese ball. Place cheese in middle then with hands enclose the cheese with the turkey, making sure the cheese is completely covered. Place meatballs into prepared baking dish and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until cooked through.
Serve over top your favorite pasta.
*Turkey will make for slightly healthier, and very tasty meatballs. It is a little harder to work with than beef because it is so sticky, wearing rubber gloves when making the meatballs makes the process a bit easier.
*Meatballs freeze very well. Stick leftovers in a sealable container and freeze for later use in different dishes.