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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Pizza Stuffed Meatballs

I made some really great meatballs the other day.  And in case you've noticed, I've made my share of meatballs on this blog.

Here are a few:

I promise I'll try and start focusing on more meals that don't involve meat and rolling them into balls.  My kids love meatballs that is probably why I keep making different versions! Perhaps deluxe sandwiches or outrageous brownies will be next.  What do you think?  Until then, you have to deal with one more meatball.

These also freeze well, so don't be afraid to make up a double batch for those crazy days {we all have them!}.

After rolling and assembling, you flash cook them in a hot skillet to sear, then bake them in your favorite marinara or spaghetti sauce to finish them off.  It will make your house smell like an Italian pizza factory, I swear. The husband came home many hours after I had made these and after walking in the door promptly said, "something smells good!".

And please keep reading....we have a new person in our house!

Pizza Stuffed Meatballs

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1 lb. ground beef
1 lb. ground pork
2 c. seasoned breadcrumbs
1 c. milk
1 c. finely chopped onion
8 oz. block mozzarella cheese
1/2 c. flour
1/4 c. olive oil
6-8 c. marinara or spaghetti sauce

1.  In a large bowl combine the first five ingredients, plus salt and pepper until well mixed.  Once combined shape into 2-inch meatballs {I used a cookie scoop}.
2.  Cut the mozzarella cheese into 3/4 inch cubes and place one cube into the center of each meatball.
3.  Roll each meatball lightly in flour and set aside.
4.  In a large skillet on medium high heat, saute the meatballs in the olive oil, turning frequently to create a nice sear or crust on each side.
5.  Pour half of the marinara sauce in a 9x13 baking dish.  Place semi-cooked meatballs into the sauce. Then cover with remaining sauce and cover the dish with foil.
6.  Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.
7.  Serve with pasta, mashed potatoes, rice or just plain {like my kids like them!}

In other news....

Did you see this little bundle of joy that has joined our family?

Everyone please meet Otto.

And yes we are CRAZY.  Yes, I know a new REAL baby will be entering our house in May, I am aware of that.  Yes, I know our house is small.  But we are dog people and well this just.....happened.

Please don't give me grief.

Would you like to comment?

  1. Otto is just adorable!

  2. Omg, I just want to come snuggle him. More pictures please!!

  3. Love the meatballs and LOVE the puppy!!!

  4. Carrie @ SeasonItAlreadyMarch 7, 2014 at 7:45 AM

    Otto is A-dog-able! ;-) I love the name. (It was my grandpa's.) I make a similar stuffed meatball recipe which I call Award Winning Poker Meatballs. But I like the idea of using pizza seasonings to make pizza ones!

  5. Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)March 7, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    OMG, Otto is soooo adorable!!