Every Christmas Eve, we host my family for dinner. It’s one of my favorite times of the year! We typically go to my parents, but I cook and create the menu. It’s a relaxed, fun time, and after the grown-ups (i.e. my parents) go to bed, we kids, will munch on leftovers, make drinks and play a board game. Never mind that we’re 22-30, we’ll always the kids at mom and dad’s.
I almost always make lasagna rolls, or a pasta dish because as an actual kid, my Italian momma always cooked this way for Christmas. But my mom has informed me she is over lasagna; after I recovered from my mini heart attack, I decided we could opt for several tapas style dishes, instead of a big dinner. But naturally, I found a way to incorporate some Italian flavors into our Christmas Eve dinner!
Who doesn’t love meatballs, right? They’re easy, bite-sized, and packed with flavor. You can google, or pin a gazillion different types of meatball recipes. The problem for me is that most of those recipes call for pre-made, frozen in a bag, processed meatballs. I’m not saying they aren’t good in a pinch, but I like to make the real deal, my friends.
I make my meatballs using 100% ground beef (mixing 80/20 and 90/10 for fat, and flavor), almond meal in lieu of breadcrumbs (since we try and eat clean at Casa de Crews – almond meal is less processed, and contains just one ingredient), and cheese, glorious bites of gooey, mozzarella cheese.
From prep to finish, these Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs are ready in less than one hour (oh hey, pre-cooked meatballs that usually go in the crock pot, don’t you take several hours to cook?), and I know that I am serving my family something less processed, more flavorful, and all around better, in general. My favorite part about preparing these flavorful, little balls o’ meat is sticking a small cheese pearl in the center.
If you can’t find mozzarella pearls – usually in the specialty cheese case at your grocery, just dice a mozzarella stick into bite-sized, one inch pieces.
These meatballs are perfect as an appetizer, to bring to a potluck, or as a main dish. Cooking with beef isn’t complicated at all! You can find a plethora of menu ideas using beef by visiting the Beef website, or by following them on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter .
- 2 lbs ground beef (I mix 1lb 80/20 and 1lb 90/10. Use whatever ratio you prefer)
- 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
- 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup almond flour, or 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/4 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp dried onion flakes
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 cup warm water
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper (or foil, and non-stick spray)
- Combine all ingredients
- Form mixture into approx 1 inch balls
- Press a piece of cheese in the center, roll meat to seal in the cheese.
- Arrange meatballs on baking sheet
- Cook 20 minutes
Today, for Sunday Supper, we have twenty different beef dishes to help make your holiday menus easy, flavorful and fun! Make sure to visit below, and snag even more beef recipes from the Sunday Supper Beef Pinterest Board.
- Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon by MealDiva
- Chipotle Beef Taco Bites by Feed Me, Seymour
- Mini Beef Wellingtons by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Pepper Steak in Wonton Cups by Flavor Mosaic
- Philly Cheesesteak Dip by Life Tastes Good
Brunch or Breakfast for a Crowd
- Beef Sausage, Egg and Cheese Roll Ups by Daily Dish Recipes
- Beef Tenderloin Benedict by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Chicken Fried Steak by kimchi MOM
- Potato Pancakes with Filet Mignon and Fried Eggs by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Steak and Egg Breakfast Braid by Curious Cuisiniere
- Awesome Avocado Steak Tacos by Cooking Chat
- Beef Tenderloin with Gorgonzola Sauce by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Cider Beef Stew by Magnolia Days
- Slow Cooker Beef Barley Soup by Shockingly Delicious
- Steak & Mushroom Pie by The Messy Baker
- Beef and Bean Enchilada Bake by The Foodie Army Wife
- Braised Beef Ravioli by Family Foodie
- Mom’s Lasagna by Alida’s Kitchen
- Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs by Casa de Crews
- Skillet Steak Fajitas by Crazy Foodie Stunts
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**This post is sponsored by The Beef Checkoff. All opinions are my own. **