stuffed meatballs
Photo: Mark ShawStuff your meatballs the proper way.

Here’s the thing about stuffed meatballs: Nobody has to know they’re stuffed until they’re fork-deep, like the above photo. Is that a great surprise for someone, or what? Imagine everything associated with meatballs: Pasta, subs, pizza – are any of these made worse with the addition of molten mozzarella? Nope. All made better. Plus, they’re as easy as making regular meatballs, but with the fun extra step of meat-sculpting. Oh yeah, did we mention what would happen if you made a meatball parmesan sub out of these stuffed meatballs? Like, whoa. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 white onion finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Italian parsley, minced
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 pound mozzarella, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Mix everything except the mozzarella and olive oil in a large bowl (don’t overmix or your meatballs will be unpleasantly dense), divide into 8 portions, then follow these easy steps.