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Sundried Tomato & Basil Meatballs

Time for a healthy flavorful dish using ground turkey, sundried tomatoes, basil and the secret ingredient… smoked fontina cheese.  The original version of this recipe was first made for me by my best friend in college, and they were in the form of a turkey burger, but these meatballs are a fun twist.   We loved them because they were light, super flavorful, easy to throw together, and gave us a great excuse to drink beers out on our porch around the BBQ.  : )

Cheesy Sundried Tomato & Basil Meatballs   -   The Lodge on Haydon

I love these meatballs because they can be used in so many different ways.  Serve them on their own as an appetizer, add them to traditional spaghetti, or serve them as sliders on hawaiin buns. 

Cheesy Sundried Tomato & Basil Meatballs   -   The Lodge on Haydon

There only substitution as far as the ingredients go if you want to turn them into burgers, is to leave out the eggs.  Then simply form them into patties and cook them on the grill! : )

Ok, here it goes…

Start with a shallot,  or two if yours are smaller like mine were. 

Cheesy Sundried Tomato & Basil Meatballs   -   The Lodge on Haydon

Chop it up and add it to olive oil in a pan over medium heat.  Season with a little salt and pepper.

Cheesy Sundried Tomato & Basil Meatballs   -   The Lodge on Haydon

Cook the shallots for a few minutes until they begin to caramelize, set aside.

Cheesy Sundried Tomato & Basil Meatballs   -   The Lodge on Haydon

Next, chop up 3 – 4 cloves of garlic.  I tend to add a lot of garlic when a recipe calls for it, you could use less for a milder garlic flavor.

Cheesy Sundried Tomato & Basil Meatballs   -   The Lodge on Haydon

Next chop up 1/3 cup sundried tomatoes. 

Cheesy Sundried Tomato & Basil Meatballs   -   The Lodge on Haydon

On to the good stuff.  The cheese.

Cheesy Sundried Tomato & Basil Meatballs   -   The Lodge on Haydon

When I first made these with the college roomies, we only used parmesan.  Probably because that’s all we could afford.  However one time I was lucky enough to accidently add smoked fontina I had leftover in the fridge, and I’ve never gone back.  The rich smoky flavor takes these meatballs over the top.

Cheesy Sundried Tomato & Basil Meatballs   -   The Lodge on Haydon

Grate them up.  About 1/4 cup parmesan and 1/2 cup smoked fontina.

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Next is the basil. Give it a good julienne.

Cheesy Sundried Tomato & Basil Meatballs   -   The Lodge on Haydon

And then a good chop.

Cheesy Sundried Tomato & Basil Meatballs   -   The Lodge on Haydon

And then add everything to a big mixing bowl; the shallots, garlic, sundried tomatoes, basil, cheese, and two eggs. 

If you were making burgers, this is the part where you would leave out the egg.  For the meatballs the eggs help to bind everything together, and you don’t need that same texture for the burgers. 

Cheesy Sundried Tomato & Basil Meatballs   -   The Lodge on Haydon

Give all this a mix before adding the meat.

Cheesy Sundried Tomato & Basil Meatballs   -   The Lodge on Haydon

Then add the turkey.

Cheesy Sundried Tomato & Basil Meatballs   -   The Lodge on Haydon

Season with a little salt and pepper, and mix everything together.

Cheesy Sundried Tomato & Basil Meatballs   -   The Lodge on Haydon

I divide the meat into four sections, and make three meatballs out of each quarter for 12 total.

Cheesy Sundried Tomato & Basil Meatballs   -   The Lodge on Haydon

Cook them in a NON STICK pan with olive oil over medium heat. 

Cheesy Sundried Tomato & Basil Meatballs   -   The Lodge on Haydon

The cheese will melt and begin to brown, if you don’t use a non stick pan, the cheese can get very messy in the bottom of your pan.

Cook for about 8-10 minutes on each side rotating a little bit to get all the sides brown. 

And there you have it….

Cheesy Sundried Tomato & Basil Meatballs   -   The Lodge on Haydon

Beautiful flavorful cheesy turkey meatballs.

Cheesy Sundried Tomato & Basil Meatballs   -   The Lodge on Haydon

I like them with a little marinara.

Cheesy Sundried Tomato & Basil Meatballs   -   The Lodge on Haydon

 

And all the ingredients keep the turkey from drying out on the inside. 

Cheesy Sundried Tomato & Basil Meatballs   -   The Lodge on Haydon

Enjoy!

Cheesy Sundried Tomato & Basil Meatballs   -   The Lodge on Haydon

 

Sundried Tomato and Basil Meatballs
A delicious and healthy turkey meatball with sundried tomato, basil, garlic, and smoked cheese.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/4 lbs lean ground turkey
  2. 1 shallot, chopped
  3. 3-4 cloves garlic, chopped
  4. 1/3 cup sundried tomatoes in oil
  5. 1/4 cup basil, chopped
  6. 2 eggs
  7. 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  8. 1/2 cup smoked fontina cheese, grated
  9. Salt and Pepper
  10. Olive Oil
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat, add chopped shallot and cook stirring occasionally until the shallots begin to caramelize. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Chop the garlic, basil, and sundried tomato and add all to a mixing bowl. Grate cheeses and add to the bowl along with the cooked shallots and two eggs. Stir to combine.
  3. Add the ground turkey and season lightly with salt and pepper. Mix everything together.
  4. Form twelve meatballs and cook in a non-stick pan over medium heat about 8-10 minutes per side, rotating the meatballs so they brown evenly.
Notes
  1. Can be served with marinara sauce, in spaghetti, as sliders, or are perfect on their own!
Adapted from Laura Buck
Adapted from Laura Buck
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 I shared this recipe at the following fabulous blogs:

The Novice Gardner – Fiesta Fridays 

A Dish of Daily Life – Foodie Fridays

6 thoughts on “Sundried Tomato & Basil Meatballs

  1. I love the sauteing of onions before you mix them with the rest of the ingredients. I also love the sound of cheeses with this recipe. I am not sure if I could find fontina cheese. If not, what do you think is the great substitute?

    Thank you for sharing here at FF and I am so excited to make this. 😀 Have fun & enjoy the party. xx

    1. Hi there! If you can’t find the smoked fontina, smoked mozzarella is a great substitution, and is a lot easier to find at almost any grocery store. Regular mozzarella will also give them a good cheesy bite, you just won’t have the same smoky flavor, but they will still be delicious. Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend!

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