Monday, January 13, 2014

How to Make Stuffed Cheese Meatballs

A simple technique that's easy to master.

Here's the thing about stuffed cheese meatballs: Nobody has to know they're stuffed until they take a bite. What a great surprise for someone! Plus, they're as easy as making regular meatballs, but with the fun extra step of meat-sculpting.  

·         1 pound ground beef
·         1/2 white onion finely chopped
·         1 clove garlic, finely chopped
·         2 tablespoons Italian parsley, minced
·         1 egg
·         1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
·         1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
·         1/2 cup breadcrumbs
·         1/2 pound mozzarella, cut into 1-inch cubes
1.       In a large bowl, combine ground beef, onions, garlic, parsley, egg, salt, pepper and breadcrumbs (don't over mix or they'll be rock-solid).
2.       Divide mixture into 8 balls.

3.       Semi-flatten each ball, add a cube of mozzarella to the center and sculpt the meat mixture around it to form a seal.
4.       Heat oven to 375°F. Line 15x10x1-inch pan with foil; spray foil with cooking spray.  Gently place in pan. Bake 10 minutes.
Serve while piping hot for best cheese effect.
Happy Cooking
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