Turkey Meatballs Stuffed with Brie

Woahhh, Nelly! What a crazy night weather-wise here in Massachusetts! What happened in Boston was just about nothing at all compared to the insane tornadoes out in Western Mass. But the city did experience an intense thunder/lighting show, winds, flooding streets, and power outages. Which explains why I’m posting today vs. yesterday. My power was out all night and part of the morning. Thankfully we have fun neighbors so we went over and played 20 Questions by candlelight with them to kill some time and to make the most of the storm. It was actually really fun!

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I’m not a fan of thunder and lighting at all. I feel like all the rumbling and loud banging sounds like the world is ending and it still, to this day, freaks me out. One of my dad’s friends actually calls me Lighting Bolt because I freaked my freak in the middle of a storm back at one of their company picnics when I was about 5 years old. The name still holds true, because I’m definitely that girl who screams like a child when lighting strikes, hahaha. Missy and Liza were cracking up at me last night running around the house bolting from the windows. Give me a blizzard, a spider, any weird bug, or a bee and I’m fine. I guess we all have our “things”!

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And on that note, I just admitted to the world that I’m crazy 😉

On to the meatballs!

As Sues mentioned last week, after attending BlogHer Food it definitely made us want to push ourselves in the kitchen. To create more of our own original recipes. There’s nothing at all wrong with adapting, but part of this journey is to teach ourselves and just get to know food in as many ways possible. I feel like the best way to do that is to sometimes just play in the kitchen, try different methods, and to piece ingredients and measurements together instead of always relying on a recipe.

For the past couple weeks I’ve been randomly wanting to make meatballs. I’ve made them plenty a time, but I’ve only had one really successful meatball recipe and the others, even when followed by a recipe, haven’t really blown me away. So I decided to create my own and stuff them with Brie. Which is brilliant since anything stuffed with Brie, should in theory, be fantastic. The thing with creating my own recipes then blogging about them is I realize half way into the process that “it could use a little more of this, a little more of that, and oh, an egg should be included, as should breadcrumbs!”. So, not everything is included in photos.

Turkey Meatballs Stuffed with Brie
(makes about 16 meatballs)
Print this Recipe!

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• 1 lb ground turkey
• 1 egg (not pictured)
• about 1/3 cup plain breadcrumbs
• 1/2 cup chopped onion
• 1 teaspoon chives, chopped
• Brie, divided into small cubes
• salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Combine the turkey, egg, breadcrumbs, onion, and chives into a small mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper.

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Form the ground turkey into small balls and arrange in a baking pan. Make small indents in the meatballs.

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And insert the cubes of Brie into the indent.

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Using your fingers, gently seal the top of the meatball, to cover the Brie.

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Bake for about 18-20 minutes until the meatballs are golden brown and no longer pink inside.

Since I was experimenting, I decided to save a few of the uncooked meatballs and pan fry them to see how they came out. Overall, the pan fried meatballs were a bit more moist, but the cheese stuck to the pan like crazy, even though it was coated with olive oil, which resulted in a less attractive final product. The baked meatballs were definitely a cleaner experience and still tasted wonderful.

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Also, I guess my love of food blogging was confirmed last night since we were in the middle of a tornado warning and I still went on my deck to snap photos of the final product for better light. Don’t follow my lead.

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I think these are the perfect “Party Ready” appetizer to serve to guests because they hardly take any time to prepare and all of the ingredients are either in your pantry or a quick trip to the grocery store. They don’t even require a sauce or anything because once you break into them, the gooey Brie is exposed and keeps them nice and moist, which make for a perfect dish to serve at a party; simply arrange a fun toothpick in the center of each meatball and voila!

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Back to my fear of thunder and lightning. What are you most afraid of?

[Chels]

22 Responses to "Turkey Meatballs Stuffed with Brie"

  1. Sarah says:

    Those look DELICIOUS!! Adding this recipe to my files! 🙂

  2. I’m one of those weird people that actually LOVES thunderstorms. I think it’s because I grew up in the midwest. I really enjoyed last night’s storm! I’m definitely afraid of spiders. Especially really big ones.

    The meatballs look really good!

  3. brandi says:

    those sound so good!

    i am terrified of swimming in water where I can’t see the bottom – not because it’s deep, but because of weird fish and sharks, etc. strange.

  4. i’m with you on the lighting & thunder! as soon as i hear the first ‘crack’ i’m gone and locked in the bathroom.
    yes, these meatballs are totally creative!

  5. Etta says:

    My husband was just looking for a stuffed meatball recipe and these look just about Perfect.

  6. Erica says:

    oh man! I heard about the storms on the news this morning. Glad you’re ok!! Mmm those meatballs sound fantastic! A local restaurant makes mozzarella stuffed meatballs and they are amazing! I bet the brie rocks. I actually made ricotta chicken meatballs last night- awesomeness!

  7. Kelly says:

    I love that you braved the storms to post about these. That is true dedication my dear. One of my favorite tricks I learned about meatballs is to fry up a test meatball before to check for the seasonings. Obviously it’s a little more tricky if you intend to bake them, but I thought it was a clever suggestion.

  8. Michelle says:

    No joke, I’m afraid of birds…

  9. Cheese stuffed meatballs sound good to me in any variation! I’m not a huge fan of storms either!

  10. I love thunderstorms! But I am petrified of the chiropractor. Seriously. It’s sad.

  11. Shannon says:

    umm i totally walked home after dinner last night… woops. love the brie stuffing 🙂

  12. Alison says:

    These look AHMAZING!

  13. These meatballs sound delicious, great job. I’ve never actually made stuffed meatballs, but you’re inspiring me to give it a shot! I am scared of heights. And blood! I almost passed out last week just from getting some blood drawn…

  14. Paul says:

    WOW. your article made me so hungry! I have to postpone the losing weight resolution till next Monday… again!
    Your fault! Kidding!
    I have to try those today!
    Thanks for posting!!!

  15. Brittany says:

    I like how you mentioned that your only other successful meatball recipe was the BBQ Chicken meatballs….I made them from this blog once and my boyfriend has made me make them about 3 more times int he last month…including last night! I might have to make these for him now too 🙂

  16. Chels says:

    @kelly that’s a great tip!

  17. Chels says:

    @erica It must have been the night for cheese filled meatballs!! 🙂

  18. Chels says:

    @brittany those bbq chicken meatballs are my ABSOLUTE favorite! I make them a lot, especially when friends come over.

  19. Bee says:

    The Springfield one is about ten miles from my house, but I work a bit further from that so during the storm I was wondering if I could camp out in my office to avoid driving home in a tornado… heh. Most places around here just got a badass thunder storm and lost power. The damage is pretty intense in downtown Springfield though.

    Anyways, these meatballs look wicked good! I need to do more original recipes… not quite yet though 😉

  20. Yes – crazy weather on Wednesday! I ran outside to make sure my windows were up, and was soaked in a matter of seconds. Wish I had had a plate of these fantastic meatballs to come back inside for ;).

  21. Bobbie says:

    Meatballs look so good! I LOVE Brie! I am scared of DRIVING in thunderstorms! I got caught in a terrible one a few years ago and ever since I am terrified of driving through the heavy rain.

  22. Hae says:

    Made them tonight for a friend’s party. I didn’t have turkey meat so I made the chicken meatballs from your barbecue chicken meatballs recipe (which are also amazing) and stuffed them with brie.
    They were gone within the first five minutes!

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