Stuffed Meatballs with Marinara


Big, beautiful savory meatballs stuffed with fontina, baked and topped with Marinara! An Italian masterpiece! Make this very easy on yourself and use a good store bought marinara, your family will go nuts over these!

Ingredients:
Meatballs:

  • 1 lb of ground pork
  • 1 lb of ground beef
  • 1/2 cup of onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of green pepper, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of fine bread crumbs
  • 1 1/2 Tbs of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup of chili sauce
  • 1 cup of evaporated milk
  • 2 tsp of kosher salt
  • 2 tsp of black pepper
  • dash of allspice
  • 5 oz of Fontina or Mozzarella cheese, cut into 1 1/2 – 2 inch pieces

Marinara Sauce

  • 2 Tbs of olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 can of whole Italian tomatoes, (28 oz) with their juices (squish them up with your fingers)
  • 1/4 cup of dry red wine
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 /2 tsp of black pepper
  • 1 tsp of dried oregano
  • 1 tsp of sugar
  • 3 fresh basil leaves, chopped (add at the end)

Directions:

If you’re making your own marinara, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat and saute the onion for 3 minutes, add the garlic and saute 1 more minute. Add the tomatoes, red wine, salt, pepper, oregano and sugar, bring to a boil, then simmer for 30 minutes.I use an immersion blender at this point to make the sauce a little smoother, you can also use a food processor, then pour back into the skillet, or you can leave it chunky.Add the basil and cook a few more minutes. All done!For the meatballs, combine all of the meatball ingredients in a large bowl (except for the Fontina) Mix well with clean hands.Roughly divide meat mixture into 5 portions and shape into 5 balls, place on a foil lined baking sheet. With your thumb, make an indentation in each one, push in a piece of Fontina and close up the meat around it. (some cheese may still ooze out) Bake for 35 – 40 minutes, then broil until nicely browned.To serve, plate the meatballs, spoon over the marinara sauce and sprinkle with fresh Parmesan cheese! YUM!

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