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!
Cheesy Turkey Meatballs
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 4 cheddar cheese sticks
- 1 tablespoon oil
- In a bowl, combine the ground turkey, egg, breadcrumbs, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt. Mix to combine thoroughly.
- Slice the cheese sticks into 1/4-inch cubes.
- 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.
- Heat the oil in a sauté pan over medium heat and cook the meatballs for about 5 minutes, until the turkey is cooked through.
- Remove from heat and serve.