Mozzarella Stuffed Baked Italian Meatballs are perfect for the holidays, dinner parties or game days!

Mozzarella Stuffed Italian Meatballs

Dare to pair mozzarella stuffed Italian meatballs with Alamos Malbec wine this holiday season! These meatballs are perfect to serve as an appetizer or with pasta!

Mozzarella Stuffed Baked Italian Meatballs are perfect for the holidays, dinner parties or game days!

What do you love most about the holidays? I love spending time with family, entertaining and watching holiday movies. But, most of all I love all of the unique and inspiring food. With an assortment of baked goods, appetizers and holiday entrees, there is never a shortage of new recipes to try.

Meatballs have always been a family favorite to serve at holiday gatherings. Mozzarella stuffed Italian meatballs are packed with fresh seasonings and cheesy goodness. They are baked and then simmered in an Alamos Malbec wine tomato sauce.

Why Malbec? Alamos Malbec wine adds bold, rich flavor to your meal. With a hint of dark cherry and blackberry, Malbec wine elevates the flavor of your favorite dishes. The sauce includes a few splashes of this wine to enhance the flavor. Pair the meatballs with a glass of Alamos Malbec and you will have a flavorful appetizer perfect for the holidays, dinner parties and even game days.

Mozzarella Stuffed Italian Meatballs are perfect for an Alamos Malbec Wine Pairing!

From burgers and pizza to crusted short ribs and stuffed piquillo peppers, the options are endless for creating unique meals paired with Alamos Malbec wine. You will want to eat these meatballs with everything. And if you decide to share, your guests and family will love you.

Mozzarella Stuffed Baked Italian Meatballs are perfect for the holidays, dinner parties or game days! Mozzarella Stuffed Baked Italian Meatballs are perfect for the holidays, dinner parties or game days! Mozzarella Stuffed Baked Italian Meatballs are perfect for the holidays, dinner parties or game days!

Do you dare to pair with Alamos Malbec this holiday season? Alamos Malbec is grown at the foothills of the Andes using grapes that combine bold layers of flavor and excellent natural acidity for a versatile wine that you can dare to pair with a wide variety of holiday dishes. For daring pairing recipes and inspiration, visit Alamos Wines on Facebook.

I dare you to try something new this holiday season. Tell me, what do you dare to pair?

Yields 15-18 meatballs, depending on size

Italian Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs
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Ingredients

  • For the meatballs:
  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh black pepper
  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese ball, cut into 1/2 inch square pieces
  • For the sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup Alamos Malbec wine
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  1. To prepare the meatballs, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease 2 baking sheets with cooking spray or oil.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine ground beef, onion, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, eggs, garlic, parsley, basil, salt and pepper. Mix with a fork until combined. Using a spoon or scoop, roll meat into balls, about 2 tablespoons each. Using your thumb, press into the center to create an indent, place a piece of cheese in the center of the dough ball and then re-roll ball to cover the cheese. Don’t be afraid to use a little extra meat mixture if you need to cover the cheese. Repeat with remaining meat and arrange on baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until meatballs are cooked through.
  4. While the meatballs are baking, prepare sauce. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic. Sauté for 2 minutes. Whisk in the cornstarch and wine. Let simmer for 2 additional minutes. Add crushed tomatoes, parsley, basil and salt. Stir to combine. Bring the sauce to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and let simmer for 15 minutes. Once baked meatballs are done, carefully add them to the sauce. On low heat, simmer uncovered for an additional 10 minutes. Serve as an appetizer or with pasta. Enjoy!
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Mozzarella Stuffed Baked Italian Meatballs are perfect for the holidays, dinner parties or game days!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Alamos Wines via Kitchen PLAY. As always, all opinions are my own.