Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tasty Tuesday: mozzarella stuffed meatballs!




Hello! Happy Tuesday, and happy last week of August/first week of September! Can you believe that September is nearly here??? Have your children started school yet? I have none of my own, and I always started school after Labor Day, but I've learned that most seem to start in August! Crazy to me! I always loved the first day of school though.



It's been a bit crazy in DC the last week or so. First there was an earthquake, and then a hurricane! We were lucky, and neither were too bad at all. Also, the weather has cooled off a bit lately, which is so pleasant, because it had been so, so hot this summer. I'm from




New Hampshire- I am not a hot weather girl at all! I'm not sure that I could make it as a Texan ;)


On the way home, I was considering dinner options, and nothing really jumped into my mind initially. I often decide at the grocery store, and today was no different! I saw containers of fresh mozzarella, and thought of this.....




Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs!




I didn't really follow a recipe, I kind of made it up as I went along...feel free to do your own improvisations! If you want to add something, do it, and if you don't like something I used, delete it! That is the beauty of cooking...you can make it to your taste!



Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs




1 package ground beef (1 pound, ish!)


1 container fresh mozzarella (mine was already balled!)


1 jar pasta sauce (I used basil garlic)


1 cup breadcrumbs


1 generous spoonful of minced garlic


salt and pepper


1 egg



empty package of ground beef into large bowl. add egg and mush together with hands (it is the easiest method!). add cup of breadcrumbs and much further. add minced garlic (oh, and a shake or two of parsley!), and feel free to add any other spices that you'd like. I just used salt and pepper in this case.



grab handfuls of ground beef and form into disk. press one mozzarella ball into the center and form the meat around it. be sure to seal the meat well, or the cheese will oooze out, the way mine did! I made 12 meatballs. you could make them smaller, and use half a mozzarella ball to each, if you prefer them smaller. mine were about 2" in diameter.



drink a glass of moscato while preparing the meatballs. it helps. trust me.








bake the meatballs at 375* for about 45 minutes. mine stayed in the oven a bit longer, so they were crispier around the edges, but that is how we like them! oh, and be sure to use cooking spray on the baking pan before you put the meatballs down!









cook pasta of your choice and when it's ready, place on plate and spoon the sauce over/next to it, and then add the meatballs.




then, enjoy!!!












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