As I was frying these cheese stuffed meatballs in the Food Republic Test Kitchen, I yelled over to our photographer Mark, “Okay we’ve got time-sensitive balls coming up in 3 minutes!” He looked at me, puzzled. “Because of the oozy cheese,” I eloquently clarified, “We want to get a shot of the cheese melting out.” “Ah, gotcha,” he said. 

I love the look of surprise on my friends’ faces when they cut into one of these gems and a lava floe of mozzarella ensues. These meatballs are fantastic doused in tomato sauce atop the pasta of your choice, but where they really shine is in a meatball sub. Isn’t that a beautiful thought?