Thursday, December 2, 2010

Stuffed Meatballs

Stuffed Meatballs

This was one of those dishes when I found out about it I almost slapped myself for not trying it sooner. I mean I love meatballs and I loved stuffed anything so why didn't I put 2 and 2 together earlier in my almost 28 years on this planet. There really is nothing to this recipe. It's basically my meatball recipe I posted before with less eggs and more bread crumbs. These you need to keep their shape or you will get cheese every where. Also the cooking method is different but it's still super easy to make. I hope you like them.

- olive oil for frying
- 1 pound ground italian sausage
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 onion grated
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- a little less than a 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1.5 cup bread crumbs
- half a pound of mozzarella cheese cut into cubes
- your favorite marinara sauce or mine found here

The Process
1. Combine the sausage, beef, onion, eggs, parm, basil, oregano, pepper, salt, pepper flakes nutmeg, garlic and breadcrumbs in a large bowl and using your hands, mix well. Take about a golf balls sized chunk of meat and lay in your hand and loosely form a ball. Then take a cube of the cheese and press into the middle of it then form the meatball around it. Make sure to really press down on them to try to get rid of all the creases. Set on a rimmed baking sheet until ready. Do this for the remainder of the mixture.
2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and at the same time heat about 1 inch of olive oil in a cast iron skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot add about half the meat balls to the pan, you don't want to crowd them, and using 2 forks cook them until all sides are browned. Try not to puncture them. When they are all done place the meatballs in the oven to finish cooking.
3. Bake for about 10 - 15 minutes or until the meatballs are done. How you will be able to tell is one or two of the meatballs will start to ooze cheese. When this happens they are all done.
4. To serve place on a plate with noodles and your preferred sauce.
5. Enjoy!!!

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