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Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Meatballs Recipe

Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Meatballs
These turkey meatballs are Italian style and are stuffed with cubes of mozzarella cheese. The meatballs use classic Italian ingredients such as garlic, Italian seasoning, Romano cheese and fresh parsley. The meatballs are baked in the oven and then served with a homemade sauce. The sauce is just a simple combination of crushed tomatoes, salt, pepper, sugar, Italian seasoning and red pepper flakes. The red pepper flakes add a little kick to the sauce without making it too spicy. The original recipe called for browning the meatballs in oil on the stovetop before baking them but I cooked them fully in the oven. Using turkey in meatballs is a healthier alternative than ground beef. Serve with cooked pasta. Enjoy.

Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Meatballs
Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Meatballs

Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Meatballs

Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1lb ground turkey
  • 5 garlic cloves (minced, divided)
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup freshly grated Romano cheese
  • 2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons fresh parsley (chopped)
  • salt and ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup lukewarm water
  • 4 ounces mozzarella cheese (cut into bite-sized cubes)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine ground turkey, half of the minced garlic, egg, Romano cheese, parsley, 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning, salt and pepper to taste, and panko breadcrumbs. Slowly add the water, a few tablespoons at a time. At this point the mixture should be very moist but still hold its shape when forming the meatballs.
  3. Scoop one tablespoon of the meat mixture into a small ball. Press a piece of cheese into the center and then cover it with another piece of meat. Roll to seal in the cheese. Place onto the baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining meat mixture and cheese cubes.
  4. Place into the oven and cook for 25-30 minutes or until fully cooked (the internal temperature has reached 165 degrees F.).
  5. While the meatballs are cooking prepare the marinara sauce. Add 2 tablespoons of oil to a large skillet over medium heat. Add the remaining garlic and sauté for 1 minute or until the garlic is golden brown. Add the crushed tomatoes, 1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon black pepper, sugar, 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning, and crushed red pepper flakes. Mix well to combine.
  6. When the meatballs are finished cooking, add them to the sauce and stir to coat. 

 

Adapted from Baker By Nature

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