After the successes that were my split pea soup and honey mustard pork chops, I decided to kill two birds with one stone:an affordable meal in the crock pot I am obsessed with.
This one was super easy because you probably already have a technique you use to make meatballs. I have never made meat balls prior to this. My mom usually makes them for our subs or spaghetti dishes but I wanted to not only try it myself, but put my own spin on it. Pinterest once again was my hero and this recipe is from Le Creme De La Crumb.
1 lb ground beef
1 cup of breadcrumbs
1 egg and 1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon minced garlic(or two teaspoons garlic powder)
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
3-4 mozzarella cheese sticks
marinara or alfredo sauce
1.I cut the string cheese sticks into 8 pieces each. I used 5 sticks. I had 17 meatballs in total.
2.The ground beef was hand mixed with the bread crumbs,eggs,garlic powder,onion powder,Italian seasoning,salt,and pepper. My beef was still a tad frozen so mixing it up with the heat from my hands helped thaw it some. Meanhwile the cut cheese stick were in the freezer.. I actually enticed Amani int helping me roll the beef into balls. We stuck the cubed cheese into the meat and made a ball around it to cover the hole and cheese.
3.I actually enticed Amani into helping me roll the beef into balls. We stuck the cubed cheese in the meat and made a ball around it to cover the hole.
4.Before I put the balls in Lucille, I sprayed her with nonstick spray. I gave the balls enough space in between them to breathe. I am still getting used to Lucille’s temp settings so I put her on high for 3 hours but the recipe says low for 3 hours,high for 1-2. I panicked a bit but am happy to say all was just starting too ooze out. It was so good!
As I said, I made 17 balls in total split between 4 people. The recipe does serve 4-6 people. I did make my meatball medium sized because it was the 4 of us. It;s an appetizer but one full of Italian flavor! I was perfectly content simply eating as a stand alone treat. I will definitely be making these again in my spaghetti and even perhaps sub sandwiches. Amani did top hers off with romano cheese while I added a little more Italian seasoning to mine.
I am going to give this recipe 10/10 for affordability,taste,and time. I strongly encourage you to give it a try. I would love to see how you hook yours up so do tag me at #mommincolorcooks. Happy eating yall!!!