Exploding with gooey mozzarella cheese and super-moist from the pesto, these flavorful turkey meatballs are a weeknight dinner dream!
Can we talk about the fact that meatballs filled with ‘zee green stuff and exploding with all the cheese is just the ONLY way to handle a Monday?
Smoothies are good too, as we learned last week but I’m in a savory mood this particular Monday.
A gimme-all-the-cheese kinda mood. This past weekend was pretty fast-paced and I’m ready for ALL the comfort food to hit my face today.
With a side of these brownies too, obviiiiii. Chocolate is currently on clearance, don’tcha know. 😉
So these meatballs, guys. They are the REAL DEAL kinda comfort food. We’ve got the cheese. We’ve got the pesto. It’s ALL there wrapped up into one cute little meatball.
One meatball that soon turns into 15 that you end up stuffing in ‘yo face.
Sorry, fam. I didn’t mean to eat all your dinner.
Speaking of stuffing, can we talk about the whole stuffed-with-a-surprise-of-zee-cheese feature that these meatballs got goin’ on? It’s true and it is GROOVY.
I mean, look at that gooey goodness! Peeeeeeeeeerfection.
Now that we’ve got that cheese business all taken care of, we’d better have a dang good meatball to surround all that perfection.
Done and DONE, folks. These meatballs are the bombety-bomb and it’s all thanks to the green stuff…..wait for iiiiiiit….
Presenting the PESTO. Welcome to the meatball-party, Mr. P.
We all know how I feel about that green business, guys. I freakin’ heart pesto and so I went all gung-ho on you and snuck it into some turkey-meatball awesomeness.
Oh.my.goodness. Who woulda’ figgered that pesto would make these meatballs so freakin’ awesome? I mean, the TEXTURE of these little babies! The extreme FLAVOR-NESS….
DYNO-MITE. I am obsessed. ♥♥
While the meatballs bake, some of the cheese will just kinda….explode out of the meatballs and melt down the sides. This is A-OK, folks. There’s plenty of cheese still inside that lovely meatball waiting for you.
And to be honest, just the sight of that melty heaven coming outta those meatballs is a pretty gorgeous sight to behold.
I really just need my own personal XL plate filled with these meatballs today.
And there’s a very good chance I may not be able to wait until dinnertime either.
XOXO, cheesy pesto meatballs. You make my life complete. MUAH!
Cheese-Stuffed Pesto Turkey Meatballs
- 2 lbs ground turkey
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
- 1/2 cup prepared pesto
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
- 16 1/2 in cubes mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 375F. Lightly grease a baking sheet. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, breadcrumbs, pesto, garlic, salt, and pepper. Form into 1-in balls. Flatten each meatball and place 1 cube of cheese in center. Wrap meatball dough around cheese and gently roll into a ball. Place meatballs on prepared baking sheet.
Bake meatballs at 375F 20-25 minutes or until meat registers 165F. Serve meatballs immediately warm.
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