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Mozzarella Stuffed Italian Meatballs

  • Author: The Kitchen Whisperer

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 2 XL eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 slices stale white bread, crusts removed and torn
  • 3 1/4 ounces grated Parmesan
  • 12 tsp black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 Tbl oregano
  • 1 Tbl basil
  • 1 1/2 tbl ground garlic
  • 1 1/4 tbl onion powder
  • 46 string mozzarella cheese sticks, each cut into 1/4” pieces (5 per stick)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Line a baking pan with foil and spray with olive oil.
  3. In a bowl add the bread and the milk, press down to soak the bread and let sit for 10 minutes.
  4. After 10 minutes, strain the bread from the milk and place the wet bread in a bowl with the rest of the ingredients (except the string cheese pieces). You can discard the milk.
  5. With wet hands, shape half of the meatball and put 1 piece of string cheese in.
  6. Place additional meal on the outside and form into a tight meatball.
  7. In a medium non-stick pan over medium heat, pan sear the meatballs for 4-6 minutes per side until you create a brown pan seared crust.
  8. Remove from the pan and place on the foil lined tray.
  9. Bake for 25 minutes or until 165F.
  10. Serve with warm Marinara Sauce.
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