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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.

Meatball Surprise


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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  1. I am so doing this! Yum :)


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

  2. 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!

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

  3. 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

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

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

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

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

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


Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment. I love reading your ideas!