Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Meatballs

Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Meatballs

Ever had a meatball stuffed with mozzarella cheese?  Baked to perfection in the oven, and you take a bite and all that ooey gooey mozzarella cheese is in there.  You’ve got to try these!  I wont take no for an answer.  You seriously have to try these!

I mean really, nothing sounds bad about a mozzarella stuffed turkey meatball does it?  Don’t have ground turkey?  So what?  Use ground beef or ground chicken.  Either of those would be just as delicious.

Oh silly me, I forgot to mention.  No breadcrumbs!  Nope, nada, none, zilch, zero.  What did I use instead you ask? Oats and flax seeds!  Yes you read that correctly!  What a nutrition punch those two secret ingredients give!

These are such a sinch to make and so easy to double or triple if you are making these for a party.

Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Meatballs

Here’s your shopping list:

Ground turkey – onion – carrot – egg – old fashioned oats – flax seeds – Italian seasoning – garlic – salt – pepper – paprika – mozzarella cheese

Let’s start out by getting our oats and flax seeds ready to go.  I just place the oats and flax seeds in a high powered blender and blend until the mixture resembles whole-wheat flour.  For those of you who have never used whole-wheat flour it’s basically just a coarse flour.

Now that you’ve got your oats and flax seeds ready, grab a large bowl and toss in the ground turkey, diced onion, grated carrot, egg, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, paprika and the oat and flax seed mixture.  At this point I like to grate in my garlic.  You can grate or finely dice yours.

I like to use a 1-1/2 tablespoon cookie scoop to make my meatballs, but before you start to roll them you are going to want to get your mozzarella cheese ready.  I like to by the orchetitte shaped mozzarella cheese balls, but you can use whatever type you prefer, you can grab a brick of mozzarella from the grocery store and just cut it into cubes.  That would work just as well.  I just wouldn’t use shredded cheese.

Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Meatballs

Ok, now I’m not going to tell you how many meatballs this makes because every time I make these I get a different amount.  Sometimes I get 20, sometimes I get more.  You may want to make smaller or bigger meatballs, you’ll just have to adjust the cooking time.

Line a baking sheet with foil and drizzle with a little olive oil.  I like to use the foil because it makes for easy clean up.

Grab your cookie scoop and make a meatball.  Push a hunk of mozzarella cheese into the center and re-roll the meat to make sure the cheese is completely covered.  Continue until all the meat has been rolled into meatballs.

Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes until the turkey is completely cooked.

Serve these with your favorite pasta sauce.  Make a meatball sandwich.  Boil some noodles and serve up a bowl of spaghetti and meatballs.

Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Meatballs
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Ingredients
  1. 1-1/4 pounds ground turkey
  2. 1 small onion, finely diced
  3. 1 small carrot, finely grated
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1 tbsp. Italian seasoning
  6. 1 tsp. salt
  7. 1/2 tsp. pepper
  8. 1 tsp. paprika
  9. 2 cloves garlic, grated or finely minced
  10. 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  11. 3 tbsp. flax seeds
  12. Mozzarella cheese, Orecchiette shaped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil and drizzle with a little olive oil, set aside.
  3. Place old fashioned oats and flax seeds into a high powered blender and blend until ground.
  4. In a large bowl combine the turkey, onion, carrot, egg, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic and oat and flax seeds mixture. Mix with your hands until just combined.
  5. Using a 1-1/2 tablespoon cookie scoop form the meat mixture into balls.
  6. Press a mozzarella cheese ball into the center of the meatball and re-roll to ensure all the cheese is stuffed inside the meat.
  7. Place the meatballs on the prepared baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until the turkey is completely cooked.
  8. Serve with your favorite pasta sauce.
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