Jalapeño Pepper-Jack Turkey Meatballs

Y’all know one of my favorite flavor combinations is jalapenos and bacon. Remember my Jalapeno Popper Chicken Chili? It’s the stuff dreams are made of. Well, I recently had the idea to make a more main dish version of the well-known appetizer. I mean, I made the chili and it’s become one of my favorite soups/chilis ever! Plus it’s one of our most popular recipes (have you tried it yet?), so it stands to reason that I need more of this in my life. I promise you need this in your life too. Bacon, wrapped around jalapeno seasoned ground turkey, stuffed with pepper-jack cheese? Yes, please!

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When I made these and served them to my family, I asked my youngest if he liked them. He just did this move…

Brady dab

I said, “what is that?!”

“A dab, Mom. That means I like it.”

Ha! Okay, I guess that’s a good review. Clearly, if my 7-year-old thinks these are dab-worthy, they must be good! ~Erin

Ingredients:

1 lb. 99% fat free ground turkey breast

3 fresh jalapenos

1 egg, beaten

½ tsp. garlic salt

½ tsp. onion powder

1 c. seasoned breadcrumbs (I used Progresso Garlic & Herb.)

8 slices center cut bacon, cut in half

3 oz. pepper jack cheese, cut into ¼ in. cubes (15 or 16 cubes)

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Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Seed & finely chop the jalapenos (remove all the seeds and ribs if you don’t want much spice – that’s where a jalapeno holds its heat).

Mix the ground turkey, chopped jalapenos, egg, garlic salt, onion powder until well combined.

Mix in the seasoned breadcrumbs until just combined. Do not overmix.

Make a patty about the size of your palm, place a cube of cheese in the center and form the turkey around it to make a ball.

Wrap the meatball in half a slice of bacon. (I find it helps to stretch the bacon a bit, lengthwise, beforehand.)

Place on a baking sheet and repeat until you’ve made about 15 or 16 bacon-wrapped meatballs.

Bake in a preheated oven for 40-50 minutes, until bacon is fully cooked and meatballs are golden brown and cooked through.

Weight Watchers info.: 2 SmartPoints per meatball, on WW Freestyle.

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