I was inspired. By whom you ask? Mario Batali, Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto or another cast member of Iron Chef? Nope. Rachel Ray. Yes, Rachel Ray - the celebrity chef that is currently in a daytime-television ratings battle with Oprah. That's the one. While I don't watch her network television spot, and dislike her traveling show, I (from time to time) end up watching 30 Minute Meals. In all fairness, that show is completely applicable to most viewer's lives; we all want to make great meals, but the process can sometimes be very time consuming and draining.
While watching one episode, I was inspired to try one of her recipes. She essentially took turkey sausage, rolled the meat into meatballs, and stuffed it with fresh mozzarella. Simple, right? But did you think of it? And that's why they pay her the big bucks.
I actually completely forgot that I had bought turkey sausage (I thought it was ground turkey), so I ended up over-seasoning it. I also opted to cook the meatballs under the broiler rather than a pan for two reasons. 1. You can avoid any excess oil this way and get a nice crust to the meatball and 2. It's by far a maintenance free approach.
The end results were awfully tasty atop some pasta (even if over-seasoned), but I wish I could have kept the cheese from overflowing. This recipe will be surfacing again. Thanks Rachel!