Taking the idea of a traditional meatball and adding a simple surprise in the middle - a warm, melty mini mozzarella middle. Can be served as an appetizer with small rolls as a mini meatball sandwiches or on top of spaghetti for a twist on the traditional dish. —MollyMac
Simple Spicy Spaghetti Sauce
Ground, Peeled or Crushed Tomatoes
cloves of garlic
crushed red pepper
fresh chopped basil
Bocconcini-Stuffed Traditional Meatballs
italian bread crumbs
bocconcini balls (small, fresh mozzarella)
In This Recipe
Dice onion and garlic
In a large sauce pan, warm EVOO on medium - high heat
Add onions, cook until they are translucent
Add garlic, cook until you can smell it - 2-3 minutes
Stir to incorporate all ingredients well. Let the sauce come to a boil
When it boils, turn the heat to medium-low. Cook for 45 minutes, stirring often
Now for the meatballs... combine everything except the mozzarella in a large bowl. Get in good and gritty with your hands to mix everything up evenly
This recipe will make roughly 16 small meatballs - about 2 tablespoons of meat each. Take 2 tablespoons of the meatball mixture, roll it into a ball and then flatten it in your hand. Place a bocconcini in the middle of the flattened meat patty, then close up the edges and roll it in your hands again so that it is smooth and no cheese is showing through cracks
in a large non-stick skillet, heat EVOO on medium-high heat.
When you can smell the EVOO, add the meatballs. Space them evenly on the pan (you may need to do this in more than one round). Every couple of minutes, turn the meatballs until they are evenly browned.
When the meatballs are browned, add water to pan, cover loosely with a sheet of tinfoil. Let the water steam the meatballs for 3-4 minutes
Next, add the meatballs to the sauce. Cook for another 20 minutes.
Serve over spaghetti, on a roll, or just with a toothpick!