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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Surprise Meatballs - A Guest Post by MiMi

     It was time to come up with an idea of what to make for our weekly family dinner.  I usually have a backlog of ideas, but this time nothing really came to mind.  I asked Chloe what she was in the mood for and she suggested spaghetti because I have been making a lot of sauce to freeze from the tomatoes in our garden.  I can't really share that part of the recipe because I make it different every time.  I just roughly chop and saute all of the onions, green peppers, zucchini and eggplant from our garden.  I core and quarter the tomatoes and put them all in a large pot.  This year when I made it I was making two large pots at a time.  We have so many tomatoes that we are having to come up with all kinds of ideas to use them.


    When the tomatoes and vegetables cook down, I take my immersion blender and break it all down into a sauce.  I then just pour it into mason jars, let cool and then freeze it.  I like to season it as I sue it.  Sometimes I use it for spaghetti sauce and other times I use it for things like chili.

   Back to the meatballs:  I like to make our family dinners a little extra special so I decided I would make Marlene's meatballs since we all enjoyed them so much. Then I got to thinking about a way to change it up and decided to make them meatball surprises.  I took my mom's idea for hamburger surprises  and put a small piece of mozzarella cheese stick in the middle of each meatball.  I kept the rest of Marlene's meatballs the same except I used minced onion and minced garlic instead of diced onion and garlic powder.  I also tripled the recipe for our family.  They like to eat a lot of meat!

   The meatballs were definitely a hit!  I love seeing the reaction of people when they think they're biting into something that is familiar like a meatball and have the surprise of the melted cheese in the middle.
-MiMi

Meatball Surprise

Ingredients:

1 lb ground hamburger
2 T minced onion (dehydrated)
1/2 T minced garlic
1 egg
1/4 cup oatmeal
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp dried basil
1 tsp fresh oregano, chopped
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
String cheese (about 1/2 inch piece per meatball)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Mix all ingredients except string cheese until just combined
  3. Take enough meat to form about a 1 1/2" ball.  Place a 1/2" piece of string cheese in the middle and form into a ball.  Be careful not to pack them too hard.
  4. Place meatballs in a rimmed baking sheet or 9x13" pan and bake for 20-30 minutes. 
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14 comments:

  1. Love the idea of putting cheese inside the meatballs! My husband wouldn't go for it, though. He doesn't like cheese. Silly man! :-)

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    1. He doesn't like cheese?! That is silly! Melty cheese is one of the wonders of the world! Maybe you can sneak a couple for yourself!

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    1. It is so much fun to have a surprise bit of melty cheese!

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  3. How delicious! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! This post has been pinned on the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! I love having you and can't wait to see you next week!

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    1. They were a fun twist on a favorite! See you next week!

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  4. Great Meatballs, I love the surprise! Hope you are having a great Labor Day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Melty cheese is always a great surprise! I hope you are having a wonderful Labor Day as well!

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  5. Love the surprise! These meatballs sound amazing. Thanks for sharing at Inspiration Thursday!

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  6. Oh Yum! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you tomorrow!! Pinned!

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  7. So delicious looking! Thanks for sharing with us at Funtastic Friday.

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    1. They were met with happy tummies, that is for sure! Thanks for hosting!

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