These Easy Baked Meatballs with Gruyere Fondue are a true winter comfort food. They are loaded with comforting flavors and are perfect for delicious weeknight meal for the whole family.
Easy Baked Meatballs With Gruyere Fondue
These are the cheesiest and the yummiest!
If cold winter weather makes you crave comfort food, I hear you!
Now, that almost every single day is cold and snowy, all I crave is a bowl of heartwarming stew or bubbly and cheesy meatballs bake like this. This delicious recipe goes really fast, because:
- Meatballs with cheese and herbs are sautéed in a rich Marinara sauce with mushrooms;
- Meatballs are topped with cheese, actually lots of it;
- Cold weather means rich and hearty comfort food, can you argue with that?
Friends, if you noticed, I’ve been a little absent from my blog lately. Last months we packed our Indiana apartment in boxes and moved to East Coast. It’s quite a big move, physically and emotionally stressful. And even though it’s been a month since move, we just recently finished unpacking and settling down in the new house.
So, now Connecticut is officially our new state and boy, it’s busy. I still haven’t gotten into the swing of things and have a hard time shooting new recipes. But bare me with here. I have so many great recipe ideas for the upcoming months. You’ll see them really soon, I promise.
I’ve actually made this Easy Baked Meatballs recipe awhile ago. It was not that cold yet, but I liked the idea of having meatballs with Gruyere fondue for dinner. This idea definitely was appreciated by my husband and kids who devoured the meal on a whim.
These meatballs freeze well too. The recipe makes 25 meatballs. You can either freeze them before cooking. Or fry for a few minutes on each side, cool completely and then freeze. And when you’re ready to eat, all you’ll have to do is to warm them up in a tomato sauce and top with that beautiful cheese. Yum!
For the last few steps of the recipe, you need a good ovenproof skillet (like this), or braiser (like this). I made my meatballs in Lodge 10 inch cast iron skillet. I bought it just recently and it quickly became one of my favorite cooking pieces which is surprisingly quite cheap.
- 1 pound ground turkey breast or thighs
- ½ pound Italian pork sausage
- ½ medium onion, finely minced
- ¼ cup parsley and basil, finely chopped
- ½ cup breadcrumbs (See the notes)
- ½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
- 1 tablespoon ketchup
- 2 eggs
- ⅓ cup milk
- 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 8 ounces Cremini or Portobello mushrooms, thinly sliced
- 1½ cups Marinara Sauce (or any other Pasta Sauce)
- ¼ cup water
- 2 ounces Mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 2 ounces Gruyere cheese, shredded
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- Preheat the oven to 400 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl combine first 10 ingredients, 1 minced clove of garlic, salt and pepper. Mix well and form 25 meatballs.
- Arrange them on a prepared baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a large ovenproof skillet heat olive oil. Add mushrooms and cook on a medium heat until water evaporates, about 5-7 minute. Add the remaining minced clove of garlic and cook for another minute.
- Stir in Marinara sauce, water and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Arrange cooked meatballs in a skillet, gently coat them with the sauce and generously sprinkle with Mozzarella and Gruyere.
- Preheat broiler and broil meatballs until cheese melts, about 2 minutes.
- Serve immediately!
Recipe is inspired by http://www.cookinglight.com/recipes/family-style-meatball-fondue
Meatball Recipe is adapted from http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/classic-italian-turkey-meatballs-recipe-3381279
So my friends, give this recipe a try and let me know you liked it. I have no doubts, you won’t be disappointed.
If you like my Easy Baked Meatballs, here’s another scrumptious dinner recipe that I promise you’ll love.