There is this recipe all over Facebook lately for Mozzarella Stuffed Slow Cooker Meatballs from Tasty. They look amazing and everyone I know has been trying them.
I decided to adapt the recipes slightly and make it on the stove top for a faster weeknight meal.
This can certainly still be made in the slow cooker just as easily as the stove top.
These are the most delicious tasting meatballs and I do have to say that I got the highest complement from my cousin Paul who said they came in a very close second to Grams' meatballs. Grams was an amazing lady who was authentically Italian and made the worlds best meatballs!
Here's what you need:
1 pound ground beef, I use a 15 % fat beef for flavor
1 pound ground hot Italian sausage
2 tsp. salt
2 Tbs. Italian seasoning
1 tsp. granulated garlic
1 tsp. onion powder
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 cup seasoned bread crumbs, store bought or homemade
2 eggs, at room temperature
Filling and sauce
1 8 oz. package whole milk mozzarella, you will need to get 12 one inch pieces
1 large jar of pasta sauce, any flavor you like
Fresh grated Parmesan for garnish
Put all ingredients for the meatballs in a large bowl and using clean hands LIGHTLY mix until all ingredients are combined.
Cube the cheese into about 1- 1-1/2 inch pieces.
Make a tangerine sized ball of meat and place a piece of cheese in the center.
Push the cheese into the center and cover with meat. The ball should be about the size of a small apple or a tangerine.
I got 12 this size. You can of course make them smaller if you want more from the recipe.
Heat a skillet on medium high and place the meatballs in the skillet to brown on all sides. This takes about 8 - 10 minutes.
Once all the meatballs are brown you can pour in the pasta sauce and turn to coat all the meatballs.
Bring to a simmer and cook 30 minutes on low (simmering).
Serve with freshly grated Parmesan and pasta if you want. I served with a 1/2 pound of rigatoni.
***** Slow Cooker Directions*****
If you are cooking this in the slow cooker skip the skillet altogether and place the raw cheese stuffed meatballs into a slow cooker and cover with the pasta sauce. Cook on high for 2 - 3 hours or until completely cooked through.
Serves 6 - 8 depending on how many you eat
Here's the handy printable - Italian Cheese Stuffed Meatballs