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Monday, February 13, 2012

Mozzarella Meatballs

Ever see Gordon Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares?  In one of them, there are twin guys who own a restaurant and stand out the front shouting "HOMEMADE MEATBALLS" to the traffic.  

I keep hearing those guys in my head when I think about this recipe...

In the interest of streamlining my evenings, I spent a few hours making these for the freezer. Most of them even made it in there! These are awesome for a quick meal (throw them in some marinara sauce, cook some pasta and HELLO DINNER!)

This recipe makes 120 meatballs, so you could for sure cut the recipe in thirds. Or in sixes.  But, having a bunch of these on hand is worth making the recipe as is, I swear!
MOZZARELLA MEATBALLS

INGREDIENTS:
  • 6 lbs. lean ground beef
  • 15 sticks of mozzarella string cheese
  • 3 c. dry bread crumbs
  • 2/3 c. milk
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 c. minced onion
  • 2 T. minced garlic
  • 1 T. salt
  • 2 tsp. black pepper
DIRECTIONS:
  1. Remove string cheese from wrappers and cut each string into 8 equal pieces.  Place in a large bowl or 1 gallon freezer bag and freeze until it is time to form meatballs.
  2. Preheat the oven to 500F.
  3. Using your hands, thoroughly combine beef, breadcrumbs, milk, eggs, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.

  4. Shape into 1- to 1 1/2-inch meatballs, around each piece of frozen mozzarella.  Seal meatballs well to keep cheese from oozing out. (I didn't do so awesome at this)
  5. Place meatballs close together on lightly greased broiler pans or rimmed baking sheets.
      
  6. Bake for 15 minutes.  Cool meatballs. See ... mine oozed!!
  7. Flash freeze, then add them to a ziplock bag ready for whenever you need 6, 12 or 20 of them!