Mozzarella-Stuffed Appetizer Meatballs

Mozzarella-Stuffed Appetizer Meatballs
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4 Reviews
Fresh mozzarella is the hidden surprise in these easy and fast meatball appetizers. Use fennel and garlic for bold flavor!
15 min
Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
24 meatballs

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

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 450°F. Line 15x10x1-inch baking pan with parchment paper; set aside.
  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. Bake 13-15 minutes or until no longer pink. Insert toothpick into each meatball. Serve with marinara sauce, if desired.

Recipe Tips

Nutrition Facts (1 meatball)

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

Recipe Comments and Reviews

Rating

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

Rating

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!

Rating

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.

Rating

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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