Mozzarella-Stuffed Appetizer Meatballs

Mozzarella-Stuffed Appetizer Meatballs

There is a hidden surprise in these easy meatball appetizers.

15 min. prep time
24 meatballs
252 Ratings


1 pound lean ground beef
1/2 cup dried Italian bread crumbs
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon fennel seed
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
24 mini fresh mozzarella cheese balls
Marinara pasta sauce, if desired


Heat oven to 450°F. Line 15x10x1-inch baking pan with parchment paper; set aside.

Combine all meatball ingredients except cheese in bowl; mix well. Shape meat mixture into 24 meatballs; press 1 ball cheese into each meatball, covering cheese completely. Place onto prepared pan.

Bake 13-15 minutes or until no longer pink. Insert toothpick into each meatball. Serve with marinara sauce, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (1 meatball)

Calories: 170

Fat: 12g

Cholesterol: 55mg

Sodium: 130mg

Carbohydrates: 2g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Protein: 11g

Recipe #16080©2013Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

I use the kids mozzarella sticks cut into small portions for the cheese. Brown them in a frying pan and make a brown gravy from the drippings. throw it all into a casserole pan with peppers, onions and mushrooms for 1 1/2 hours and serve over mashed potatoes. Everyone loves them.
Delicious, I used ground sausage and lean ground beef. Left out the fennel seeds. Made this for our company party, went over extremely well. Will definitely make this again soon.

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