Cheese Stuffed Meatballs a la Pizzaiola

This recipe has been one of my most popular both on the internet and here at home. When it came time for me to choose what video to do first, this was a no brainer. One of the first foods I thought of when I found out about my having celiac was spaghetti and meatballs. Hey Im Italian. I cant help it! I took this Giada de Laurentiis recipe and modified it to cut out a lot of the fat and calories. Its also naturally gluten-free so we GFers can be part of the gang!

Ingredients

Mozzarella cheese 8 Ounce (Fat
Shallot 1 Large (Chopped)
Sun dried tomatoes
Fresh basil 1/3 Cup (5.33 tbs) (leaves)
Shredded mozzarella cheese 1/3 Cup (5.33 tbs) (Fat
Grated parmesan cheese 2 Tablespoon
Tomato paste 1 Tablespoon (no salt added)
Red pepper flakes 3/4 Teaspoon
Sea salt 1/2 Teaspoon (hickory smoked)
Ground beef 2 Pound (Extra Lean (95% Lean))
Ground pork 1/2 Pound
Onion 3 Tablespoon (grated)
Marinara sauce 1 Cup (16 tbs) (warmed, optional for serving)
Kosher salt 1 Pinch
Pepper 1 Pinch (freshly ground)

Directions

To Prepare:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Dice the mozzarella brick into 1/2-inch cubes. Set aside.

2. In a food processor, pulse the shallots, sun-dried tomatoes, basil, shredded mozzarella, parmesan, tomato paste, red pepper flakes, smoked salt, 1 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper until blended. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl.

3. Add the beef, pork and onion and mix until combined. Form into 1 – 1 1/4-inch meatballs. Insert 1 cube mozzarella into the center of each meatball and form the meat around it, enclosing the cheese.

Making:

1. Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray.

2. Place meatballs on tray and spray meatballs with cooking spray.

3. Bake in oven for 10-12 minutes, or until cooked through.

Serving:

Cool slightly, then serve immediately with marinara sauce, if desired.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 11 Minutes
Ready In: 11 Minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving size Complete recipe

Calories 4404Calories from Fat 3228

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 360 g553.8%

Saturated Fat 146 g730%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol

Sodium 4505 mg187.71%

Total Carbohydrates 36 g12%

Dietary Fiber 6 g24%

Sugars 16 g

Protein 264 g528%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet