Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

Let me tell you a secret about my daughters--okay it's probably not a secret anymore but they Never, Ever get enough of Spaghetti.  If dinner was up to them we would have it every night, it's not a joke!  Every time I ask them what they might want, as a chorus, they say, "Spaghetti"!  Sometimes I get sick of it so in an effort to make for them I try to do something different each time.  We have tried it with focaccia bread, with cheesy bread to name a few, but this time we tried meatballs.  They were fantastic and so easy to make.  I loved the gooey, cheesy middle and dressed up the spaghetti into a fancy, albeit, frequent dinner!

1 pound lean ground beef
1 pound ground pork (or you can use all beef)
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
2 Tablespoons dried or fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
salt and pepper
2 eggs
1 cup bread crumbs
8 ounce package mozzarella, cut into small cubes (about 1/4 inch in size)

1.  Mix all ingredients and form into walnut sized balls, forming meat around cheese cube. Cook in olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Try to be gentle, the cheese tends to ooze out if you turn too much. Serve over spaghetti. Top with parmesan.

This makes about 2 1/2 dozen meatballs.  They are great frozen and pulled out later if that is too much for your family or the recipe works great cut in half.  Enjoy!

Source:  See Jane in the Kitchen
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