Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

I never made plain old spaghetti and meatballs for supper because it always seemed boring to me, but then I saw a recipe for homemade meatballs with cheese in the middle.  Who could pass that up?!  For all you meatatarians out there, make this quick and easy meal today! 

Here is your list of ingredients.  The recipe calls for Panko bread crumbs, but any kind would work.  I also used extra lean ground beef, and it tasted really good.

First, chop up some onion and throw it in a large bowl.

In the same bowl, add the meat, seasonings, milk, tabasco, Worcestershire, bread crumbs, egg, Parmesan, and garlic.

Mix the meat with your hands until combined.  Separate the meat into ten equal pieces.  Then with your hands, enclose the mozzarella with the meat so no cheese is showing.  I used the mini mozzarella pearls and put five in each meatball.

Place in a greased 9x13 inch baking dish.  Bake at 350 F for 30-35 minutes.

The cheese will ooze, and that my friends is a wonderful thing.

Serve with spaghetti, marinara, and Parmesan.  I also made meatball sandwiches with shredded mozzarella melted on top (yes, more cheese).  Both ways are delectable.

Mozzarella Stuffed Homemade Meatballs

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 pound lean ground beef
1 large egg
1/2 cup finely chopped white onion
1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
1 teaspoon hot sauce, like Tabasco
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
Ten 1-inch Mozzarella balls

Preheat oven to 35o degrees F. and grease 9×13-inch baking dish with oil.
Place beef, egg, onion, bread crumbs, Parmesan, milk, garlic, Worcestershire, mustard, hot sauce, salt, pepper and garlic salt into a large mixing bowl, stirring until just combined.  Take 1/4 cup beef mixture and press into center with your thumb to make room for cheese ball.  Place cheese in middle then with hands enclose the cheese with the beef, making sure the cheese is completely covered.  Place meatballs into prepared baking dish and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until cooked through.

Source: Picky Palate

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