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

Ingredients:
  • 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.

5 comments:

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's Cooking Adventures said...

Look fantastic!

The Mom Chef 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.