It seems like every time I make meatballs I use a different recipe or I tweak my recipe a little bit. I don’t know what it is about meatballs (or burgers, for that matter, since I treat them similarly) that makes me want to experiment. I think maybe it’s mainly because I’m not a huge fan of just plain meat (it has to have something else in it or served with it; I don’t like just eating meat by itself). After this particular time making meatballs, though, I had a eureka moment and I thought, My search is over! I have found the perfect meatball! While “perfect” is probably too strong a word, I will say this: they are really tasty. If you’re having a spaghetti night or craving a meatball sub, look no further. I will teach you the way of the meatball.
Keri's Mozzarella-Stuffed Meatballs
- 1 pound of ground meat
- ¼ of an onion
- ¼ cup of parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1½ teaspoon of parsley
- 1 teaspoon of dried thyme
- 1 tablespoon dried basil
- 2-3 cloves of garlic
- 1 egg
- ⅓ cup of panko breadcrumbs
- - mozzarella cheese
- - olive oil
- - salt
- - pepper
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- In a bowl, beat the egg and then add the spices, grated onion, meat, grated cheese and panko. Mix thoroughly.
- Cut the mozzarella into small dice-sized cubes.
- Start with a golf ball sized portion of the meat mixture. Create a cavity and place a small piece of cheese into the hollow, seal it, and roll the meatball into a ball shape. Repeat until all the meatballs are made.
- Make a hollowed-out crater in each meatball and place a cube of mozzarella cheese into each one.
- Lightly salt and pepper the outside of each meatball as well. Let them rest while you prepare the pan.
- Put olive oil into your baking pan and turn the oven to 350°. Put the pan in the oven while it is heating. When the oven reaches 350, take the pan out and spread the olive oil over the surface of the pan. Place each meatball into the pan and cook them for about 10 minutes, flip each one to the other side, cook another 10 minutes to ensure even cooking.
- Serve the way you like or just enjoy them as-is!
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Below is a picture of what the meatballs look like prior to cooking. The main photo of this blog post is what they look like in their finished state (note that gooey melted cheese? Mmmhmmm it’s just as yummy as it looks).