Monday, July 28, 2014

The Ultimate Meatball

So I set out last week to create an ultimate meatball, one that's tender and moist, full of flavor, and easy to make.  I did some research on lots of different recipes for meatballs, and I think I hit the nail on the head with this one.  These are my Ultimate Stuffed Meatballs.  They are browned in a skillet and then simmered in homemade Marinara Sauce.  

Now, I know I have urged you to make your own Marinara Sauce before, but I'm going to politely request again that you try it at least once.  My recipe makes a big batch.  It's easy to do with a little chopping.  You throw it all into a pot, let it simmer, and you have a ginormous batch ready to freeze in smaller portions.  When you want Marinara Sauce, just pull a container out of the freezer and defrost it.  It tastes great, and you know exactly what goes in it.  I hope you enjoy these meatballs!

1 1/2 lb Italian sausage (casings removed if buying links)
1 C ricotta cheese
1 egg
1/2 C shredded Parmesan cheese
Salt & pepper, to taste
Red chili flakes, to taste
1/4 C Italian parsley, chopped
1/2 to 3/4 C breadcrumbs (Italian flavored or plain will work)
Mozzarella cubes
3 cloves garlic, minced
Peanut oil or vegetable oil
4 C Marinara Sauce

Mix together the sausage, ricotta, egg, Parmesan, salt & pepper, parsley, red chili flakes, garlic and 1/2 C breadcrumbs.  If the mixture seems too wet, add in the additional breadcrumbs.  Grab about a golf ball size amount of meat and wrap it around a Mozzarella cube, being sure to seal in the cheese.  You will get about 15-20 meatballs, depending on how big they are.

Preheat the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Brown the meatballs on all sides.  In another large skillet, pour in the Marinara Sauce and add in the meatballs.  Cover and bring to a slight boil.  Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for about 15-20 minutes or until the meatballs are done through.  Some of the cheese will leak out, but that's okay.  It tastes good in the sauce too.  Serve the meatballs with pasta mixed with butter and Parmesan cheese, if desired.

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