Meatballs stuffed with Mozzarella

Ingredients

  1. 2 slices white sandwich bread (stale or slightly toasted)
  2. 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  3. 1/3 cup cold milk
  4. 1 lb ground beef 80/20 mix
  5. 1/4 lb ground pork
  6. 1/2 cup plus 2 tbls grated Parmesan cheese
  7. 1/4 cup chopped leaf parsley
  8. 2 tbls fresh oregano
  9. 1 tbls fresh basil
  10. 2 tsp kosher salt
  11. 1/2 medium onion grated (about 1/4 cup)
  12. 2 minced garlic cloves
  13. 1/2 large egg beaten
  14. Black pepper
  15. 1/3 cup olive oil
  16. Mozzarella cheese (cut into 1/2 inch circles or squares)

Steps

  1. Grate the white bread or pulse into crumbs in a food processor, then In a small bowl toss the food processed bread crumbs with milk to re-hydrate.

  2. In a large bowl, combine the bread crumbs, milk bread, beef, pork, Parmesan, herbs, salt, onion, garlic, and egg and mix until combined. Season the meat mixture with pepper.

  3. Cut out small circles of mozzarella to stuff meatballs.

  4. Using your hands, gently form the meat mixture into 18 slightly larger than golf ball-sized balls around the mozzarella. (Packing the meat mixture too tightly together will result in tough meatballs). Make sure no seams or holes are in the meatballs or the cheese will leak out.
    Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours.

  5. Heat half the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add half of the meatballs and cook, turning occasionally, until well browned on all sides, about 6 minutes. Transfer the meatballs to a plate. Drain the oil and wipe out the skillet, return to the heat, and repeat with the remaining oil and meatballs.

  6. Use a stock pot or large sauce pan and put all the meatballs in the pot and pour in marinara sauce. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer, covered, swirling the pan occasionally, until the meatballs are cooked through about 15 to 30 minutes. The cheese in the meatballs will start to melt when the meatballs are ready.

  7. Note* remember if you cook the meatballs too long the cheese could break out of the meatballs.

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