I have two young boys. While my three-year-old will eat anything and everything, my six-year-old won’t. Although he is getting better at trying new things, he’s still reluctant to. But these meatballs, he devoured! You can imagine how happy that made me!
These meatballs are simple to make. I made Mozzarella stuffed meatballs before with string cheese that we had for the boys in the fridge. This time, I had some smoked cheddar cheese. So I thought, why not try that in meatballs? Well, it turned out to be a great idea as my whole family enjoyed the unique flavor of smoked cheddar cheese wrapped in savory homemade meatballs.
These meatballs are turkey meatballs. However, you can easily replace it with ground beef, if you’d like. I chose ground turkey because I’ve been on a long journey of weight loss. I’m not at week 18 and have lost about 35 lbs! But as you can see on my blog, I do eat! :) I don’t think I could survive if I had to live on just fruits and vegetables. But I do count calories and try to eat smaller portions. But it was hard to stick to one plate of these meatballs, though, haha.
Cheddar Stuffed Turkey Meatballs
1 package lean ground turkey (about 1.25 lbs) or lean ground beef
1/4 cup egg beaters or liquid egg
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
1 tablespoon smoked paprika (or regular paprika)
2 cloves garlic, minced (or 1 teaspoon garlic powder)
salt and black pepper
3 slices smoked cheddar cheese or more
your favorite pasta noodles, cooked according to directions
your favorite pasta sauce, warmed
1/4 cup Mozzarella cheese
In large bowl, combine ground turkey (or beef), egg, panko, Italian seasoning, paprika, garlic (or garlic powder), salt, and pepper and mix by a hand mixer, until well combined.
Cut each slice of cheese into 9 equal sizes.
Place a spoonful of meat mixture on your palm, flatten it a bit, then place cheese. Fold the meat over the cheese, adding more meat mixture if necessary. Repeat.
Place the meatballs on a baking sheet. Bake the meatballs in the oven at 375 degrees F. for 15-18 minutes, or until the meatballs are cooked through.
Serve meatballs over cooked pasta. Serve with warm pasta sauce of your choice. Sprinkle with Mozzarella cheese and enjoy!
To see step-by-step picture instructions, click here. The link will take you to my Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Meatballs recipe.