This post is sponsored by Sartori Cheese and #Foodiechats. All opinions are my own.
Cheese stuffed mini meatballs are a very tasty (and easy) appetizer. Serve them in a bath of your favorite marinara sauce, a pile of toothpicks and you’re set to feed a crowd.
Football season has a officially started and my game day fanatic friends are always asking me for new food ideas. Anyone who is a meat eater loves meatballs, so I turned my signature recipe into something a little special. This recipe and post was created in association with #Foodiechats and their sponsor Sartori cheese, THE best cheese there is. Because Sartori are based in Wisconsin, along with a beauteous shipment their cheeses, they sent me a Green Bay Packers hat. Are you ready for football season?
When I don’t feel like eating beef, I make my easy chicken meatballs and they start with all the flavor enhancers because chicken does need a little help in that department. Chopped pancetta is cooked with onions, garlic and tomato paste (this is also how I start my marinara sauce). This is then cooled and mixed with the meat of choice, in this case ground beef, egg, breadcrumbs, parmesan, fresh basil salt and pepper. The twist to this recipe is, before I roll the meatballs, I insert a small cube of cheese into the center so when you bite into the meatball you get oozy melted cheese goodness. For the cheese I used my favorite of the Sartori cheeses MontAmoré.
These meatballs not only make a great appetizer, last night I mixed them into penne with pasta sauce and made dinner out of them. They also freeze really well.
Here’s a handy video tutorial for the recipe…