Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Smoked Mozzarella Turkey Meatballs

The smell coming from the oven was amazing and they tasted just as good as they looked, so I had to share. These meatballs are healthier since they are made with turkey, but certainly not shy on flavor. I served them over pasta, but they would make a great meatball sub or even a party app. Logan ate the leftovers for lunch by themselves and said they were just as delicious. ENJOY!

    1 small onion, finely chopped
    1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
    15 basil leaves, chopped
    2/3 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
    1/3 cup Italian bread crumbs
    1 large egg
    ¾ cup favorite marinara sauce
    3 garlic cloves, minced
    1 pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
    Salt and pepper to taste
    2 lb ground turkey
    3 oz cubed pieces of smoked mozzarella cheese

Position the oven rack in the lower 1/3 of the oven. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine the onion, parsley, basil, parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, egg, ¼ C marinara, garlic, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Once mixed, add in the turkey and smoked mozzarella cubes, mixing with your hands. Shape the meat mixture into meatballs.

Spoon 1/2 cup extra marinara in the bottom of a baking dish. Place the meatballs inside and drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil. Bake for 15 -20 minutes until cooked through.

adapted from Kelly Craves

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