Frugal Foodie Mama: Double Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

Monday, June 16, 2014

Double Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

*The opinions below are strictly my own.  Yep, all 100% me, myself, and I.  I was provided a product in exchange for recipe development and an honest review, and was not compensated for my review in any other way.  A BIG thank you to the fine folks at Ninja for providing me with one of their 3-in-1 Cooking Systems! :)
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I believe that every food blogger, every chef, and every home cook has a food nemesis or two.  You all know what I am talking about- those dishes and recipes that just never seem to come out right no matter how many times you try it or how many methods you give a go.
You vow that you are finished. You will never, ever waste your time trying to make that dish again. If you want it bad enough, you will just resort to pre-made or take-out.
Because you are done.

Believe it or not, one of my recipe nemeses is homemade meatballs. They either come out too tough or they simply fall apart until they resemble something like more of a meat sauce.
And given my father's very Italian family, one would expect that I would just naturally and genetically rock at making meatballs from scratch. But sadly that is not the truth.
In my defense, most of the women in my father's family passed away when I was much too young to learn their recipes and family secrets. Although, my dad swears that my great grandmother would have never shared her secret recipe anyways... 

I received renewed confidence to try making homemade meatballs once again when my shiny new Ninja 3-in-1 Cooking System arrived on my doorstep.  
Seriously, all. 
This was going to be my one last time, all-in, last ditch go at that them.  If I couldn't make meatballs work with this awesome piece of culinary cookware, then I was just not meant to ever make a decent from scratch meatball in my lifetime.

Lucky for me (and my family) and for you, these Double Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs came together wonderfully and deliciously in my Ninja Cooking System.
Tender, flavorful, and oh so cheesy.
My husband declared after tasting just one bite that I had finally beat my culinary nemesis... And I have to agree with him... at least this one time. ;)
Double Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs via #slowcooker
Double Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

by Frugal Foodie Mama
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5-6 hours
Ingredients (15 meatballs)
  • 1/4 cup of Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 2-3 oz of fresh mozzarella, cut into 3/4 inch cubes- you will need 15 chunks
  • 24 oz jar of your favorite pasta sauce
  • You favorite pasta, cooked
In a large mixing bowl, combine the breadcrumbs and milk. Let it sit for 1-2 minutes.
Add in the garlic, shredded mozzarella, ground beef, salt & pepper, and egg. Mix to combine well. You may have to get your hands into this one.

Form the meatball mixture into balls about 2 tbsp large. Press one of the fresh mozzarella chunks into each meatball and then form the meat around the mozzarella chunk.

Place each meatball into the cooking pot of your Ninja 3-in-1 Cooking System in a single layer. Turn the Stovetop dial to High. Brown the meatballs for about 10 minutes, flipping them 2-3 times during this cooking time. Psssttt... no cooking oil or spray is needed!
(** If you do no own a Ninja Cooking System yet, you can brown the meatballs in a large saute pan. Be sure to add olive oil to the pan!)

Pour the pasta sauce over the meatballs in the Cooking System. Switch the dial to Slow Cook and then to Low. Cook for 5-6 hours.
(**You can slow cook the meatballs the same way in a regular slow cooker.)

Serve over prepared pasta. Enjoy!

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Can I just tell you all how impressed (and in love) I am with this Ninja 3-in-1 Cooking System? It does it all, folks.
Braises & browns? Check.
Slow cooks? Check.
Steam roasts? Check.
Bakes? You bet! 
I just may retire my oven for the entire summer because of this baby. ;)
It was so cool to brown the meatballs and then slow cook them in the same cooking pot! No separate pan to wash after browning the meatballs.  
And I am always up for less clean-up. How about you all? ;)

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These Double Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs turned out absolutely perfect. Maybe I finally got the recipe right. Or maybe it was my Ninja Cooking System.  Maybe it was a little of both. But now I finally have a go-to homemade meatball recipe in my arsenal.

What is a culinary nemesis of your's? Do you think the Ninja 3-in-1 Cooking System could be just what you need to finally take it on and conquer it? 

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