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Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

I like making homemade meatballs when I can because I think they taste much better than pre-made meatballs.  I was pleasantly surprised with how fast I could whip these up.  I made them for my husband and his reaction was worth more time than I actually had to spend.  He LOVED them.



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Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound hot Italian sausage
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion 
  • 1/4 chopped parsley
  • 16-ounce block mozzarella cheese
  • 15-ounce can tomato sauce


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Directions:

Mix all ingredients except the mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce in a large bowl. Mix together thoroughly. Portion the meat mixture into meatballs. I use a stainless steel cookie scooper to evenly portion the meatballs. I don't worry about packing the meat until I insert the mozzarella.

Cut the block of mozzarella into 1/2" to 3/4" cubes. This recipe makes about forty-five 1-1/2" meatballs. Cut enough cheese to be able to insert one cube into each meatball.

Insert a cheese cube into the middle of each meatball. Pack the mixture tight. Arrange the meatballs in a slow cooker. My casserole slow cooker worked perfectly for this recipe. Pour the can of tomato sauce over the meatballs. Cook on high for 2 to 2-1/2 hours.


* Cook's Note - Obviously, the hot Italian sausage will add some spice to the meal.  If you don't care for spicy food, replace the hot sausage with mild.



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