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.
1 lb ground hamburger
2 T minced onion (dehydrated)
1/2 T minced garlic
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)
- Preheat oven to 350 F
- Mix all ingredients except string cheese until just combined
- 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.
- Place meatballs in a rimmed baking sheet or 9x13" pan and bake for 20-30 minutes.
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