Thursday, April 7, 2011

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

This is a favorite of my family!   The mozzarella stuffed sausage meatballs are full of flavor and then I simmer them in the sauce for an hour after cooking for a super rich taste!

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

  • Hot Italian Sausage
  • Container of small mozzarella balls in water
  • 2 T basil, chopped
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • olive oil
Directions:   Preheat oven to 350 degrees.   In a large bowl and using your hands, mix the hot Italian Sausage with the basil and shallot.   Put a little olive oil on your hands to keep the meat from sticking.   Form an open cup with the meat mixture in your hand, add a small mozzarella ball to the center, then cover it with additional meat.   Place on a cooling rack on top of a baking tray.   Make as many as you can, I usually get about 25 or so, and mine are about 1 1/2 inch wide.   Bake in oven for 35-40 minutes or until the sausage is cooked.

Use whatever red sauce you like, whether from scratch or store bought, and simmer in a saute pan over medium heat.   Transfer the meatballs into the sauce and continue to simmer at LOW heat for an additional hour.  

Serve over your favorite pasta.   To plate, I cut ribbons of basil and added that with Parmesan shaves.


Sandra said...

I never had meatballs stuffed with mozzarella, and what an awesome idea..Now I want some:))
Fantastic recipe and I love how you prepare this dish!!!

Jean said...

I really like the sound ooey gooey cheese oozing onto the rest of my pasta dish. I can't get enough cheese! Great idea!

RavieNomNoms said...

Oh wow, does that look good or what?!

Amy said...

Look fantastic!

Unknown said...

This sings of yumminess and comfort food. Wow, I love the sound of using sausage for the meatball and putting the cheese in the middle of it. Many thanks for sharing your recipe.