Cheesy Sun-dried Tomato Meatball Poppers

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Game day or Valentine’s Day these are an impressive appetizer!  Cheesy Sun-dried Tomato Turkey Meatball Poppers are packed with Italian flavors, cheesy and moist meatballs loaded with sun-dried tomatoes, and tasty fresh herbs and spices.

Cheesy Sun-dried Tomato Meatball Poppers

Surprisingly, out of all the poppers that I have created, these are Chad’s favorite.  He said they are the most moist and flavorful.  I say that is surprising, because if you have been reading us for a while you know that Chad is not an Italian food lover.  He likes it sometimes, seems to just tolerate it other time.  Also, he does NOT think that EVERYTHING should have garlic on it.  Shocking!  I know.

Seriously…  soup, salad, sandwich…  garlic is good everywhere (well maybe not pancakes).  hahaha

I guess… had it occurred to me, I would have interviewed him better before dating him.  I mean what kind of Italian hooks up with a guy who doesn’t live for garlic???  It must be love!!!

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Cheesy Sun-dried Tomato Turkey Meatball Poppers

Donna Elick
Game day or Valentine’s Day these are an impressive appetizer! Cheesy Sun-dried Tomato Turkey Meatball Poppers are packed with Italian flavors, cheesy and moist meatballs loaded with sun-dried tomatoes, and tasty fresh herbs and spices.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Method Oven
Servings 50 1 tablespoon poppers


  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 2 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes, minced, about 4 halves packed in olive oil
  • 4 wedges Laughing Cow Cheese, Garlic and Herb
  • 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 4 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Italian parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato sauce
  • 2 egg whites


  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese, cut into cubes
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Skewers


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Mix well, do not over mix or you will have tough meatballs. Using a 1 tablespoon scoop, scoop out meat and place on baking sheet. After all meatballs have been scooped onto tray, roll into balls. TIP: If you lightly wet your hands the meatballs will form better and crack less. Bake for 20-22 minutes until lightly browned and cooked through.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Donna’s Notes

If you wish to serve them as shown; layer mozzarella, basil and tomatoes on a skewer and refrigerate until ready to use. Add hot meatballs and serve.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 33cal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 109mg | Sugar: 1g | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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  1. Hi, what is Laughing Cow Cheese? Sorry I'm in the sourthern hemisphere so will be looking to subsitute. Thanks!

    1. It is a creamy low calorie cheese. You could substitute any creamy cheese. Cream cheese would be perfect.

      Hope that helps!



  2. I was just wondering, we are not big fans of ground turkey in my house, would lean ground beef work for this recipe?

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