Cheesy Turkey Meatballs

Cheesy Turkey Meatballs

The first time I made Kenya and Chloe my Mexican Rice Balls they got a major thumbs up from them. It's such a simple recipe at that -- savory spheres of rice stuffed with a chunk of sharp cheddar which melts inside, creating a gooey center that brightens your day when you take a bite. Since then, whenever I make my family a batch we finish them all in one sitting without fail.

I got to thinking about what other foods you could stuff with a morsel of oozy gooey cheese. Chloe adores turkey meatballs and since they are so easy for little hands to pick up and eat, I whipped up a test batch and tucked away a cube of cheddar in each one. Voila! Cheesy Turkey Meatballs were born! I did all the prep work in the morning, so all I had to do was sautéed them up minutes before dinner and serve them with a simple side of pesto pasta.

One important note_ always make sure to cut into a hot cheesy turkey meatball before you serve it to your kids. You definitely don't want any burned tongues!

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Cheesy Turkey Meatballs (makes 30 meatballs)

Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 10 mins

nut free

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 4 cheddar cheese sticks
  • 1 tablespoon oil

Preparation

1. In a bowl, combine the ground turkey, egg, breadcrumbs, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt. Mix to combine thoroughly.

2. Slice the cheese sticks into 1/4-inch cubes.

3. Using a 1 tablespoon measure, form the meat mixture into a disc, place a cheese cube in the center, and then roll the meat around the cheese to form a ball. If the meat sticks to your hands, lightly wet your hands with water.

4. Heat the oil in a sauté pan over medium heat and cook the meatballs for about 5 minutes, until the turkey is cooked through.

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33 comments

  • Sheila

    Have you ever made them ahead and kept them in the freezer?

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    • Sunny

      I'd like to try freezing them, too. Has anyone tried it?

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  • Erin

    Do you use ground turkey breast, or just regular ground turkey?

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  • Carmen

    My son is allergic to eggs. Can I omit the egg? Or what other substitute can I use?

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    • Catherine

      You could leave out the egg and add in a little mashed potato to hold them together! Sort of like what I do with the Easy Chicken Nuggets http://b12.ba4.myftpupload.com/2012/03/29/chicken-nuggets/

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  • Audrey Sinclair

    Could you bake these as well? If so what temp and duration would you recommend.

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    • Kara

      I was wondering the same thing...can these be baked instead of Sautéd? If so any recommendations on temperate and cook time?

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  • Kelly Senyei Just Taste

    I saw these on your Instagram feed and I came running! Count me in! I could probably polish off a dozen in one sitting...

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  • Kate

    Yummy! So simple! My kids would love these.

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  • Holly Kohli

    We just made these and they are delicious! My daughter & husband love them. I baked them at 350 for 15 minutes (sprayed a light coat of olive oil) and they came out great. The cheese did melt out of a few of them though.

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  • Maribel

    Is the nutritional information available? TIA

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  • Alicia

    Made this tonight for my girls who are 1 and a half- 2 and a half- it was a hit! I didnt have any onion powder on hand so I just omitted that. Baked them and they came out moist. Stored the remaining in the freezer. I will definitely be making this again for the family :)

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    • Megan

      Have you eaten any that you froze ? Just wondering how they hold up before I make them.

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  • Kieran

    Can you omit breadcrumbs? or sub with parm cheese? I'm trying to figure out stuff all of us can eat and I don't eat grain (I make grain for hubs and LO)

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    • Catherine McCord

      Hmmm the breadcrumbs help them stay together. Maybe try gluten-free breadcrumbs?

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    • Angie

      If it's gluten sensitiviy, you could try gluten free oatmeal i've used oats instead of bread crumbs for burgers and meat loaf with good results..

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  • Melissa

    I had some ground pork in the fridge that I needed to cook by today - I recalled seeing a link to the video on this a couple of days ago and thought the pork variety might be pretty tasty. Just got done cooking them up and could hardly wait to try one - I can confirm pork is delicious in this! I'm not typically a huge fan of \"cheesy\" anything, but this has just the right amount to make it fun. The true test will be my I Eat Nothing 7 year old - will try at dinner tonight and report back. Even if he doesn't love it, so what? More for me!

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  • Kristen

    my 4 year old has never really liked any kind of meat. he just gobbled up 5 of these!

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  • Anna

    I just made these for my husband (our daughter isn't quite old enough to eat them) and he LOVED them!! He's kind of a foodie so if he likes something that much then you know it's good! Thanks for making me look like such a great cook :)

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  • Nes

    How many grams of cheese is used in this recipe? Just not sure what '4 sticks of cheese' is.

    Thanks

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    • Catherine McCord

      I'm not sure about the grams. I buy those cheese sticks at the grocery... like string cheese, but it is cheddar cheese. and then I cut those into cubes. It comes out to about 1 cup of cheese cubes!

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  • Melanie

    So good!

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  • Mary

    Can I bake these instead of saute?

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    • McCord

      That should work just fine! I would do 350F for 20-25 minutes!

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