Easy 30 Minute Dinner Recipe: Mozzarella Stuffed Ground Turkey Meatballs, Wild rice, and Cucumber/Tomato Salad
This is very easy! But if you’ve never made meatballs before it could be intimidating…don’t fret. Just make sure that the ground turkey is well seasoned AND you don’t make the meatballs too big…you will be frying them and need them to cook through! Here’s what you’ll need:
1 pound of ground turkey
~5 Chunks of slices of mozzarella
1 cup of your favorite pasta sauce
1.5 cups of your favorite tomato soup
1 teaspoon of pepper
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
½ cup of bread crumbs (use your favorite)
1 cup (2 cups cooked) of your favorite rice – I use wild rice!
½ cup of cut up cucumbers
½ cup of cut up tomatoes
3 tablespoons of balsamic
Okay, ready to tackle this? Go.
First, take the ground turkey and mix it up with the salt, pepper, and garlic powder. I use my hands…you’ll have to use your hands to make the meatballs anyways. You can add parsley or whatever other seasoning you want too…it won’t hurt! So get ready to get dirty. Then cut up the mozzarella chunks so there is about 10, you can do more based on how many meatballs you want to make (aka pending on their size).
Now, use your hands to make small balls with the meat (it fits in my palm and I have tiny hands) take a small chunk of mozzarella and put it in the middle of the meatball. You shouldn’t see the cheese at all. Now, roll this around LIGHTLY in breadcrumbs. Set aside on a plate and make the rest of the meat like this. It’ll make between 10-13 meatballs.
Now, set the rice to cook.
In your largest skillet, put the olive oil so that it covers the skillet BUT NOT TOO MUCH. This is important. You want to put the skillet and oil on high until it heats up then reduce to medium. Place 3-5 meatballs in the skillet, do not over crowd it. While they are cooking…
In another large skillet, or just a pan if that’s all you have, add the tomato soup and pasta sauce and put on low.
Mix this every so often.
Roll the meatballs once or twice in the skillet. When they are a DARK brown on all sides, move to the red sauce combination and let them rest in there while on low. Keep doing this until all of the meatballs are done. When the LAST meatball is put into this mixture, turn it on medium-low and leave on for about 5 minutes. It’ll boil, that’s okay.
Combine the cucumbers, tomatoes, and balsamic; place this in a small salad bowl and set on table. The rice should be done by now, put your portion on plates.
When the meatballs are done, place as many as you’d like on the plate and add a little bit more sauce on top. I topped it off with some parmesan cheese and inhaled it! It’s really scrumptious and, if well seasoned, it’s full of flavor. Have fun with this quick dinner!