Meatballs

Slow Cooker Cheese-Stuffed Meatballs and Spaghetti

 

Cheese- stuffed meatballsI bet you’re here because you saw one of those food videos online. Maybe the one that takes balls of meat, stuffs them full of cheese, and ends with an, “Oooh yeah?”

Well you’re in luck. This is that recipe – with a few minor adjustments to suit my personal tastes.

You can use any type or any combination of ground meat that tickles your fancy. The fattier your meat, the more tender your meatballs will be. I chose to use turkey because I enjoy leaner meals. If you use turkey like I did in this recipe, your meatballs will cook a bit quicker. Keep a close eye on them to make sure they don’t overcook.

When I followed the recipe in the Tasty video, I found that my meatballs were very wet. I recommend dialing down the whole milk amount by 1/4-cup (the original recipe called for 1/2 cup of liquid). You can always add more if your mixture seems too dry. However, be mindful not to overwork your mixture.

cheese stuffed meatballs

A very important part of making a good meatball is to treat your meat gently. Man, that sounds weird, but believe me, it makes a difference. If you cook like I cook, once you get in that bowl with your bare hands, you want to keep mixing until the end of time. Be mindful – you want your mixture combined but if you mix for too long, your meatballs will be tough.

So try to show some restraint, will ya?

Cheese- stuffed meatballs

We gobbled these up for National Meatball Day. What a wonderful, glorious (random) holiday. Don’t wait until any sort of national day to make these. They’re awesome and you should make these immediately! This recipe makes about a couple dozen meatballs and fed us for multiple nights.

Tasty!

Cheese- stuffed meatballs

Slow Cooker Cheese-Stuffed Meatballs and Spaghetti

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Ground Turkey
  • 1 lb Italian Sausage
  • 8-ounces Fresh Mozzarella
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 cup Italian-Flavored Bread Crumbs
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup Whole Milk
  • 1/2 cup Parsley
  • 64-ounces Tomato Sauce
  • Spaghetti Noodles

Directions

  1. Cut Mozzarella into 1/2-inch cubes. Set aside.
  2. Using your hands (this is a requirement!, mix all ingredients together except for the Mozzarella, Tomato Sauce, and Pasta.
  3. Line the bottom of your slow cooker with a layer of tomato sauce.
  4. Form meat mixture into 1 1/4-inch meatballs. Stuff each meatball with a cube of mozzarella, reform into a ball, then place in the slow cooker. After you have made a layer of meatballs in your slow cooker, top with tomato sauce and repeat until all meatballs are formed and tomato sauce is used up.
  5. Cook on high for 2 hours. Check meatballs for doneness. Continue cooking for up to 30 more minutes until cooked.
http://foodiemcbooty.com/cheese-stuffed-meatballs-and-spaghetti/

Thai Basil Meatball Lettuce Wraps

From what I’ve gathered, my Thai Basil Meatball recipe is one of Mister’s favorites.  He always eats too many of them and pats his tummy when he’s finished his third plate.  Being Spring and all, I decided to bring these back but in a lighter form.

Instead of serving this with heavy thai noodles or steamed rice, we wrapped each meatball in a small piece of lettuce instead.  The crisp lettuce added a new crunchy element to this dish and happy taste-buds were born!  I’m going to try adding some crispy Asian noodles next time for some major crunch action.  Granted,  I’ll use any excuse to buy those crispy noodles.  I could snack on those all day if I had access to them.

{crunch crunch munch crunch}

Thai Basil Meatball Lettuce Wraps

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yields: Serves 4

Thai Basil Meatball Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped green onions
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped basil (sweet or thai)
  • 2 teaspoons hot chili sauce (like Sriracha)
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons oil, for brushing
  • Small pieces of lettuce
  • Thai sweet chili sauce, for serving

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, mix all meatball ingredients except for the oil
  2. with your hands (get messy). Roll the mixture into balls roughly 1-inch in diameter. Place them on a
  3. baking sheet coated with nonstick cooking spray, brush the tops with the oil, and bake them for 12
  4. minutes, or until cooked through. Sometimes I put these under the broiler for a couple minutes too, depending on how brown they get.
  5. Serve the meatballs with the pieces of lettuce and drizzle on some Thai Sweet Chili Sauce or serve the sauce on the side.
http://foodiemcbooty.com/thai-basil-meatball-lettuce-wraps/

Thai Basil Turkey Meatballs

Roommate: “Do you guys want a beer?  …where did Mister go?”

Me:  “Out to buy fish sauce.”

Roommate:  “I used to have that here.  That stuff really stinks.”

Minutes later, Mister returns with fish sauce (and some other surprise goodies too, what a guy!)

Me:  “Can you please add fish sauce to that pot?” (I probably wasn’t that polite when I asked him)

Mister:  “Oh my god, this stuff smells so bad!!!!”

Two guys confirm that yes, fish sauce does indeed smell really bad.  Yet this recipe turned out to be one of the tastiest dishes I have ever made.  This was also confirmed that night.

And all is well in the world again.

Recipe courtesy of Can You Stay For Dinner?

Thai Basil Turkey Meatballs

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yields: Serves 4

Thai Basil Turkey Meatballs

Ingredients

    For the meatballs:
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped green onions
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped basil (sweet or thai)
  • 2 teaspoons hot chili sauce (like Sriracha)
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons oil, for brushing
  • For the spicy garlic sauce:
  • 1/8 cup soy sauce
  • 1/8 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped green onion
  • 2 teaspoons hot chili sauce (like Sriracha)
  • 2 teaspoons cornstrach

Directions

  1. Make the sauce. Whisk all sauce ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then simmer for a minute or two until the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon (this happened really quickly for me! Don't walk away from your stovetop while you do this). Set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, mix all meatball ingredients except for the oil with your hands (get messy). Roll the mixture into balls roughly 1-inch in diameter. Place them on a baking sheet coated with nonstick cooking spray, brush the tops with the oil, and bake them for 12 minutes, or until cooked through. Sometimes I put these under a broiler for a couple minutes too, depending on how brown they get.
  3. Serve the meatballs with sauce and additional chopped basil and green onion, if desired.
http://foodiemcbooty.com/thai-basil-turkey-meatballs/

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