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Spicy Three Meat Banana Pepper Meatballs

  • Author: TKWAdmin
  • Yield: ~30

These meatballs are seriously insane! Super juicy, super tender and loaded all kinds of deliciousness thanks to 3 meats and banana peppers!

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Ingredients

  • 3 banana peppers, seeded and chopped small
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef (80/20)
  • 1/2 pound loose Italian hot sausage
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 1/2 Tbl garlic, minced (~5 cloves)
  • 1 Tbl oregano
  • 1/2 Tbl parsley
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup tomato puree
  • 1 1/4 cups grated mozzarella cheese
  • 3 slices bread, torn into pieces
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 Xl eggs
  • 33 1/2 cups Spicy Banana Pepper Sauce warmed (or favorite marinara)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a small bowl add the milk and bread. Press the bread down to ensure all of the pieces are wet. Let sit for 2 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl combine the pork, beef, sausage, chopped banana peppers, onion, garlic, oregano, parsley, pepper, salt, red pepper flakes, tomato paste, tomato puree, eggs, cheese and milk/bread mixture. Gently mix just to combine. The mixture should be wet but hold a shape
  4. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with foil and lightly spray. Scoop enough meat mixture to form a 2” round ball. Place the meatballs on the pan and repeat until all of the meatballs are formed.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the internal temperature is 165F. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before plating.
  6. Serve this with my Spicy Banana Pepper Sauce  and a side of pasta or as a hot meatball sub! See notes on how to make this a meatball casserole

Notes

To make a meatball casserole I baked the meatballs then added about 1 1/2 cups of warmed Spicy Banana Pepper Sauce to the bottom of a baking dish, added my cooked meatballs then covered. Bake at 350F for about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven, uncover and add a cup of shredded mozzarella and bake for another 5-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

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