With the holiday season in full swing these mozzarella stuffed meatballs are the prefect appetizer for any party or even an excellent addition to pasta night!
I apparently love to make meatballs evidenced by my Simple Turkey Meatballs, Italian Porcupine Meatballs, Barbecue Beer Meatballs and Healthy Meatball Stroganoff recipes. I honestly did not realize I had that much variety in meatballs on my blog. But it really should be no surprise because they are fairly easy to make, they are made with excellent protein (beef or turkey and usually cheese), and they can be finger food! Which is great of course because what kid (or adult) doesn’t like to eat with their hands.
Now that the holidays are here, I love making foods that are simple, yet nutritious, because I also love baking Christmas cookies so I need a balance somewhere, right?! These meatballs are perfect just dipped in pasta sauce (like my whole family did for dinner the day I made these), or they could easily be mixed with pasta sauce and served over pasta. I also used mozzarella cheese sticks (that my kids eat as snacks) which couldn’t have been simpler. Of course you could buy fresh mozzarella balls instead and use those as well. Just make sure to check that the cheese is cooked before removing them from the oven.
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