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

Mozzarella Stuffed Italian Meatballs

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.

 

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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!

Italian Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

Yield: 15 15
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
 
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!

Ingredients

For the meatballs:

  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 small yellow onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup freshly 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 of 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!

Notes

Source: Spoonful of Flavor

Nutrition Information

Calories: 151, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 57mg, Sodium: 265mg, Potassium: 206mg, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 14g, Vitamin A: 3.4%, Vitamin C: 3.2%, Calcium: 9.9%, Iron: 8.2%

*Nutritional information is an estimate. Please consult a doctor or nutritionist for the most accurate nutritional info.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: italian mozzarella stuffed meatballs
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Mozzarella Stuffed Baked Italian Meatballs are perfect for the holidays, dinner parties or game days!