Spicy Mozzarella-Stuffed Meatballs
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What could be better than a big, fat, juicy meatball?
A big, fat, juicy meatball stuffed with melty mozzarella cheese, that’s what.
I’ve always preferred my meatballs smothered with melted cheese, because everything is better with cheese, right? In this case, though, the cheese is hidden inside. At first glance you wouldn’t even know it’s there, but then you cut into the extra large meatball and, surprise! Just look at that melty mozzarella goodness.
We used a mix of ground beef and pork, with plenty of garlic and chopped fresh basil and parsley for flavor and fresh breadcrumbs for texture and structure (fresh breadcrumbs will result in a much moister meatball than packaged breadcrumbs which are usually very dry.)
When mixing your meatballs, you don’t want to compact the mixture too much. Think of it more like ‘folding’ rather than mushing or stirring to preserve some of the fluffiness of the ground meat. This will result in a lighter, fluffier texture and ultimately a better meatball. The same when you are forming your balls: shape it, but don’t squeeze it.
Getting the cheese inside the meatball is actually quite easy. You want to use small balls of mozzarella, or cut a larger ball into approximately 1-inch chunks. Portion out a large scoop of your meat mixture (I use this large cookie scoop, or about 2 ounces of meat). Push your thumb into the meatball, and then press the mozzarella ball into the center. Form the meat around the cheese, sealing it in completely.