These meat balls are so adorable! I don’t know what could make a more comforting meal on a weekday evening. My excitement for these mini’s got my creative juices flowing, so I decided to stuff them with swiss cheese. The more I think about it I probably should have used mozzarella to keep the italian theme going. To be honest the thought of any type of cheese inside of a meatball sounds amazing, so- use whatever cheese you want!
My favorite part about these meatballs is that you can see the cheese oozing out of them! I chose to use 96% ground beef, it has so much more flavor than ground turkey. I’ve use ground turkey and chicken in the past and it’s just not the same as the real deal. I find whenever I use ground turkey I have to season the crap out of it which causes me to over or under season the meat. If you prefer turkey feel free to use it and if you do, let me know how it turns out!
Mini Baked Stuffed Meatballs
- 1 1/4 pounds 96% lean ground beef
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/3 cup romano cheese
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
- 4 ounces of swiss cheese, cut into cubes
- 3 cups of your favorite pasta sauce (I used TJ’s 3 cheese pasta sauce)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
In a large bowl, add ground beef, egg, oil, cheese, breadcrumbs, garlic, salt, pepper, basil and parsley. Mix to combine, gently tossing a few times with your hands. Don’t overmix – it will result in tough meatballs! Spray a large baking dish with non-stick spray and add 2 cups of pasta sauce. Roll beef into mini meatballs (about a tablespoon of beef), and press a cube of swiss in the middle. Seal the beef around the cheese and set in sauce.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through. Serve over pasta or with additional sauce if desired.
I also made garlic bread on the side for dipping…duh!