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Mozzarella-Stuffed Appetizer Meatballs

Mozzarella-Stuffed Appetizer Meatballs

Fresh mozzarella is the hidden surprise in these easy and fast meatball appetizers. Use fennel and garlic for bold flavor!

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15 min
Prep Time
30 min
Total Time


1 pound lean ground beef

1/2 cup dried Italian bread crumbs

1 large Land O Lakes® Egg

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

How to make

  1. STEP 1

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

  2. STEP 2

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

  3. STEP 3

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

Nutrition (1 meatball)

170 Calories
12 Fat (g)
55 Cholesterol (mg)
130 Sodium (mg)
2 Carbohydrates (g)
0 Dietary Fiber
11 Protein (g)
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