Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

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Recipe by South Your Mouth

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

1 1/2 pounds ground beef

2 eggs, beaten

1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning

3/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 teaspoon black pepper

3/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Pinch of red pepper flakes

1/4 cup parmesan cheese

1/3 cup Italian dried bread crumbs

3 1-ounce individually-wrapped mozzarella cheese sticks

Add ground beef, eggs, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, garlic and red pepper flakes to a medium bowl. Using your hands, mix ingredients together until just combined. Don’t “squeeze” the mixture with your hands – overworking the meat is what yields that “corky” texture.

Add parmesan cheese and bread crumbs and continue to mix with your hands until all ingredients are just combined.

Turn mixture out onto a cutting board or clean counter and shape into a rectangle. Pat her down good and keep working on it until it’s perfectly shaped. Using a sharp knife, cut the mixture into 24 squares.

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil (for easy clean-up) and spray with cooking spray; set aside.

Cut each cheese stick into 8 pieces (24 pieces total) and press one into the center of each of the meatball “squares”. Roll each square into a tight ball. Place meatballs onto baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 15-18 minutes. Don’t overcook or the mozzarella might bubble out of the meatballs.

Serve immediately.