Mozzarella-Stuffed Appetizer Meatballs
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!

24
meatballs
15 min
PREP TIME
30 min
TOTAL TIME

Ingredients

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

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

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  December 15, 2016

This recipe is great. I froze the mozzarella so it held while cooking the meatballs. Great appetizer.

— says Tommy
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  November 30, 2016

My Italian Stallion husband must have said "Great!" 5 times! The fennel is magic. I added a 1/3 cup of grated parm cheese to the mixture before forming the meatballs. The parchment paper works like dream. No sticking whatsoever. Cooking time is accurate. Fast and easy!

— says Nancy
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  January 28, 2014

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.

— says Dottie
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  December 23, 2013

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.

— says Randi
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