Cheese Curd Stuffed Meatball Sliders #SundaySupper

At your next summer fete, serve a big batch of Cheese Curd Stuffed Meatball Sliders.  These small bites pack a punch of big flavor, stuff with fresh squeaky cheese curds!

Cheese Curd Stuffed Meatball Sliders from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

This post is sponsored by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are my own.

Let’s talk cheese –  I love cheese, it’s probably my favorite savory food.  It can be ooey and gooey, soft and spreadable, fresh and squeaky, clean tasting or stinky. There are so many different types of cheese, you can have a new one every single day of the year and still not try them all.

Picking a favorite though – that is not an easy task.  How do you do it? I feel like favorite cheeses change depend on your mood but there is one cheese I can and will always say yes to.

Cheese Curds.

Have you had them? Have you even heard of them?

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You might have had them if you’ve eaten poutine before but if you’ve visited anywhere in the mid-west, specifically Wisconsin, I’d be shocked if they didn’t cross your path.  Cheese curds is a fresh cheese and you know they’re good when they squeak after you take a bite.  It’s the perfect cheese for snacking, frying, tossing into a salad or my personal favorite stuffing into foods.  These bite sized bites of cheese has a mild, salty taste, which is perfect for the pickiest cheese eater in your family.

With that in mind, I thought it would be perfect for stuffing into meatball sliders.  These cheese stuffed sliders make a great quick weeknight meal or double the recipe for summer entertaining.  You can go ahead and toss them onto the grill if you don’t feel like heating up your kitchen.  Plus who doesn’t love meatballs with a cheesy surprise in the center?

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I’ll be honest with you though, if you live outside of Wisconsin cheese curds are a challenge to track down.  In all of NYC, there was only one store I knew of that sold Wisconsin cheese curds, the hunt was well worth it though.  Did you know that Wisconsin cheese makers have been crafting varieties of cheese for more than 160 years?  It’s a tradition that lives on with more than 2.8 billion pounds of cheese crafted each year.  That’s a lot of cheese – imagine all the milk that gets used to make it!

Cheese Curd Stuffed Meatball Sliders
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Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large garlic clove, finely minced
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 4 ounces cheese curds
  • 12 slider rolls
  • 3 tomatoes on the vine, sliced
  • lettuce

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl combine the beef, egg, garlic, onion, parsley, basil, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, parmesan cheese and bread crumbs. Mix well and form into approximately 12 - 1/4 cup sized meatballs.
  2. Place a cheese curd in the center of each meatball and wrap the beef around the cheese curd, sealing it tightly into a ball.
  3. In a non-stick skillet over medium heat, drizzle 1 tablespoon oil and cook the meatballs in batches, about 5-6 minutes per side or until they are dark brown.
  4. Transfer to a foil lined baking sheet and finish cooking in a heated 350 degree oven for 10 minutes.
  5. Alternatively, you can cook the meatballs outdoors on your grill - they should take about 6-7 minutes per side.
  6. Place each meatball on a slider bun with a slice of tomato and piece of lettuce. Secure the top with a toothpick and extra piece of cheese curd.
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19 thoughts on “Cheese Curd Stuffed Meatball Sliders #SundaySupper

  1. Renee

    I’ve heard of cheese curds but haven’t had the pleasure of tasting them yet. I hope to very soon. Meanwhile, I’ll dream about these tasty looking sliders.

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  2. Shelby

    I LOVE cheese curd! There were cheese factories back home where we would go on certain days of the week when they made the cheese curd and we would buy 3 or 4 bags. I love the squeakiness and dad never allowed us to refrigerate it. I have also microwaved it for a few seconds and oh my, so yummy 🙂 Thanks for the memories and this sandwich looks yummy!

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  3. Amy Kim (@kimchi_mom)

    Yes, I am a big fan of cheese curds! Not sure where you got your cheese, but I got mine shipped from Wisconsin.

    I heard Murray’s and Beecher’s are the two places in NYC to get cheese curds! Next time I’m just going to have my husband stop by Murray’s to pick up a couple of bags!

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  4. Bobby DoTube

    I’m crazy about these sliders! We stuff our burgers with mozzarella on the BBQ pit and it’s delicious, so I’m sure these are amazing thanks for the recipe!

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  5. susan@ The Wimpy Vegetarian

    I’ve never, ever heard of poutine before! It sounds like it’s worth a trip to Wisconsin to search them down. I absolutely love your way of using them in this meatball slider recipe. And my husband would LOVE them. I’m going to have to figure out a way to make them for him.

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  6. [email protected]

    So cute! What a fun appetizer!

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    1. Susan Palmer

      But then you get to have cheese curd stuffed meatballs. I think it would be a win win situation. 🙂

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  7. Yum Girl

    This recipe has been chosen to be part of our Burgers, Sliders, and Dogs Recipe Roundup – we hope you will help us spread the word by sharing, pinning, and tweeting! All links go directly to your recipes and we hope you get lots of traffic! Kelli and Holli at Yum Goggle

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