How did Abraham Lincoln deliver that famous speech: The Gettysburg Address? No stuttering, no shaking, no fainting. How?!
I remember reciting that same speech in front of my class in elementary school. My voice squeaked at the beginning, my hands trembled, and my face was pale. I did not look as confident as you can imagine. At one point I even stopped in mid-sentence and my mind went completely blank. I was totally out of my comfort zone.
I went out of my comfort zone for this recipe too. I touched raw meat! And as I may have mentioned before, that is not a usual occurrence. As immature as it may sound, I think raw meat is ICKY!
To ease my mind, I pretended the raw ground turkey was a mixture of beets and lentils. However, that didn’t stop me from washing my hands every second and spraying the kitchen counters completely spot-free afterwards.
But I survived! And just like that day I recited the Gettysburg Address, I felt a sense of pride and accomplishment. And wasn’t it worth it? Oh yes. These meatballs are so worth it. And actually they’re very easy to prepare. The blend of spices and herbs (cayenne, red pepper flakes, basil, and cumin) give these meatballs a very bold and spicy flavor. Unlike regular turkey which, in my opinion, can be pretty bland and boring. Best part of all is the cheese-y center which is definitely a nice fun surprise. I will gladly make these again! Serious.
But I will never recite a speech in front of a class again. Never! (and that makes sense since I no longer have classes)
Did I mention they’re stuffed with cheese? Oh look inside…
Spicy Cheese-Stuffed Turkey Meatballs
|Yields||about 20 meatballs|
- 1lb ground turkey (defrosted)
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons bread crumbs
- 2 tablespoons fresh basil (minced)
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (no salt added)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- cheese (20 pieces cut into 1/2 inch cubes)
Slightly adapted from: Ambitious Kitchen
|Preheat oven to 400F and lightly grease a rectangular baking pan.|
|In a large bowl add all the ingredients except for the turkey, egg, and cheese. Stir together. Then add the ground turkey and egg, combining everything with your fingers just until everything is blended well.|
|Roll into 1 in. meatballs. Flatten each ball and stuff with a piece of cheese in the center. Seal back together -- and do make sure it's sealed well! Assemble each meatball as you go by placing on a lightly greased baking pan.|
|Bake for about 15 minutes or until browned. (Don't worry if some of the cheese oozes out)|
|Serve as appetizers, with sauce, dip, etc. It's perfect with a pasta dish too!|