Cheesy Stuffed Meatballs

Meatballs With A Flavor Surprise In the Middle

From Ciao Italia Five-Ingredient Favorites by Mary Ann Esposito, copyright 2009.  St. Martin's Press.  Reprinted with permission.

Cheesy Stuffed Meatballs

Meatballs With A Flavor Surprise In the Middle

From Ciao Italia Five-Ingredient Favorites by Mary Ann Esposito, copyright 2009.  St. Martin's Press.  Reprinted with permission.

This recipe is from the latest Ciao Italia cookbook from author and PBS program host Mary Ann Esposito:  Ciao Italia Five-Ingredient Favorites.  This book is about making authentic Italian flavors with only five ingredients (not counting salt and pepper) -- which means easy and affordable meals.  But there's no compromise in the final result, as these tasty meatballs prove.

Mary Ann writes in her introduction: 

"Can you make a better-tasting meatball?  Absolutely!  Just stuff them with a creamy cheese like Italian fontina!  This may be a slightly unconventional way to make them, but the taste elevates the meatballs to elegant; they can be served alone or in a tomato sauce.  To achieve great flavor, use a combination of ground chuck and ground sirloin.  The fat in ground chuck is essential for moistness while the sirloin provides great texture."

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  2. Put the bread crumbs in a medium bowl and our the cream over them. Mix with a fork; the mixture will not be soupy.
  3. Add the ground chuck, sirloin, and salt and pepper. Mix with a fork or your hands just to combine the ingredients. Divide the mixture into 8 equal pieces and roll each in the palms of your hands to make compact 1 1/2-inch balls.
  4. Insert your thumb into the middle of each meatball and push in a piece of cheese. Close the meatball, encasing the cheese, and smooth the top.
  5. Place the meatballs on a rimmed, nonstick baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until they are nicely browned. Serve hot as is, or add them to a tomato sauce and serve them with pasta or as a second course.

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