Maple Turkey Meatballs Stuffed with Cheese

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Recipe — Maple Turkey Meatballs Stuffed with Cheese
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8 portions
Metric Imperial



  • Vegetable oil (for the baking sheet)
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup (preferably golden syrup for its delicate flavour)
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly minced
  • 1/4 tablespoon crushed hot pepper flakes, or to taste
  • 1/4 tablespoon ground fennel seeds
  • 2 lb ground turkey meat
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Salt and ground pepper, to taste
  • 5 oz Alfred Le Fermier cheese or other kind, diced in 8 cubes

Maple tomato sauce

  • 1 garlic clove, lightly crushed
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Dark maple syrup
  • 4 cups canned ground tomatoes
  • Salt and ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, finely chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 230 °C (450 °F).
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and brush with oil. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients for the meatballs, except the cheese.
  4. Shape the meat mixture in 8 large balls and press a cube of cheese into the center of each. Transfer to the baking sheet and cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Reduce the oven temperature to 180 °C (350 °F). Continue cooking for an additional 30 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, prepare the tomato sauce. Using a pan suitable for the oven, brown the garlic in the oil over the stove. Add maple syrup and tomatoes.
  7. Cook for about 5 minutes or until sauce thickens. Season with salt and pepper.
  8. Add the meatballs and basil, and bake in the oven for 35 minutes at 180 °C (350 °F).

These meatballs can be prepared one day ahead. It is also possible to cook them completely up to one month ahead and to freeze them. Heat unthawed in the oven for 1 hour 30 minutes at 180 °C (350 °F).

The Quebec Maple Syrup Producers are not in any way responsible for the identification or presence of allergens in recipes or for the classification of any recipe as vegetarian or vegan.

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An unopened can of maple syrup keeps for many years.

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