Mozzarella-Filled Meatballs with Pasta Salad Recipe

Mozzarella-Filled Meatballs with Pasta Salad Recipe

Mozzarella-Filled Meatballs with Pasta Salad Recipe

Ingredients (for about 8-10 meatballs):

For the meatballs:
500g fresh ground beef
1 large egg, beaten
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
a handful of fresh thyme and oregano
a handful of breadcrumbs (crumble this from a 4-day-old corn-and-sunflower loaf)
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon ground pepperoncino
1 ball of fresh mozzarella di bufala (ca 150g), diced
extra virgin olive oil
1 lemon
water in over-proof glass (put this inside the oven while you broil/bake the meatballs to keep it moist and tender)

For the salad:
150g fresh or dry fussilli
Lamb’s lettuce/songino
Red chicory leaves /chioggia
Cherry tomatoes
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
Extra virgin olive oil

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Preparation Instructions:

For the salad:
1. Boil the pasta according to instructions. After draining, keep the pasta in the sieve as you add a dash of olive oil and mayonnaise so the pasta is evenly coated in the mixture.
2. Toss the pasta together with the tomatoes and salad leaves.
3. Set aside until the meatballs are ready.

For the meatballs:
1. In a bowl, and using your hands, mix well the ground beef, garlic, thyme, oregano, egg, breadcrumbs, pepperoncino, salt and pepper.
2. Take a chunk of the meatball mixture and flatten it against one palm of the hand.
3. Place one piece of the mozzarella and close the meatball.
4. Do this for the rest of the mixture.
5. Heat the oven to 180C.
6. Put a frying pan over high fire and when the surface is hot, add olive oil.
7. “Seal” the meatballs by browning it on all sides and put the browned meatballs in a Pyrex/oven-proof dish that has been brushed with olive oil.
8. Bake the meatballs for 10 minutes on one side at 180C, then turn them over and bake for a further 10 minutes.
9. Don’t forget to put a glass of water in the oven while the meatballs are baking – this keeps moisture in the oven.
10. When done, take the meatballs out and serve with pasta salad.
11. Squeeze lemon on the meatballs and salad. Buon apetito!

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Recipe author: bananeira / NibbleDish