Fresh mozzarella is the hidden surprise in these easy and fast meatball appetizers. Use fennel and garlic for bold flavor!
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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
Heat oven to 450°F. Line 15x10x1-inch baking pan with parchment paper; set aside.
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.
Bake 13-15 minutes or until no longer pink. Insert toothpick into each meatball. Serve with marinara sauce, if desired.
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