It’s been a week since my last post and life hasn’t slowed down for even a moment since. My family is still in recovery from a series of vicious little winter viruses, our dog is still sick with a mysterious ailment, my laptop made a sudden decision to take a permanent vacation and we currently have a houseful of visiting family, brought together by the loss of a loved one.
These are the days which scream for comfort food. And does it get any more comforting than a big dish of spaghetti and meatballs with a crusty piece of buttery garlic bread? I’d like to argue that it does…if you stuff your meatballs with a nice chunk of melty mozzarella cheese!
Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs
- 3 pounds Ground Beef
- 3 Eggs
- 3/4 cup Bread Crumbs
- 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
- 2 teaspoons Garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoons Salt
- 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
- 2 Tablespoons Fresh Parsley
- Crushed Red Pepper, as desired
- 1 (8 ounce) ball Fresh Mozzarella, cut into 24 chunks
- Olive Oil for baking dish
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except the mozzarella and olive oil. Knead together until well combined. Drizzle a bit of olive oil in two large baking dishes or baking sheets. Roll the meat into balls of about about 1 1/2 – 2 inches diameter. Create a pocket in the center of each ball, insert a chunk of the mozzarella cheese and wrap the meat closed around it. Place the meatballs in the baking dish and cook for about 30 minutes.
Serve over spaghetti with your favorite pasta sauce. Click here for my recipe for a basic homemade tomato sauce.
Makes 24 Meatballs