Meatballs are served as a main dish or in soups all throughout Italy. Almost every country in the world has their own version of a meatball. Italian-Americans created their own main dish of meatballs served with spaghetti, which is something I had never seen before in Italy.
With this recipe, I remembered how much I loved these little treats that Mama used to make for me when I was a boy, so I wanted to create something with a little surprise in the middle, that would be fun and delicious for both kids and adults.
Panfried meatballs are an Italian classic made with beef and/or pork, with Pecorino Romano, parsley and garlic and breadcrumbs. With this recipe, I made them into small oval shapes and filled them with fresh mozzarella, so when you bite into them, they ooze out with the creamy cheese. Served with an arugula and tomato salad, it’s a perfect Italian dinner that your whole family will love. If you are having a cocktail party, you can pierce each little polpette with a small skewer and serve them as a bite size appetizer. Enjoy this delicious and versatile staple of Italian cuisine.
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Serve with: Mazzoni Rosso di Toscana
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 2 cups of grated Pecorino-Romano cheese
- 1 cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 4 Tbs Extra-Virgin olive oil
- 1 cup Mozzarella cheese, cubed
- In a large bowl, thoroughly combine all the ingredients above except for the olive oil and mozzarella.
- Using your hands, roll the meat into golf ball sized meatballs. With your finger make a hole in the center and place a cube of mozzarella.
- Cover the cheese with the remaining meat, and shape into an oval.
- Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan.
- Fry the meatball for about 3 minutes on each side. Until meatballs are golden brown.
- Drain on a paper towel and serve warm.
Note: Eat them while they’re hot!
Influenced by memories in the kitchen with his mother and grandmother, Italian-born Francesco Romano is the man behind the food blog, Coco de Mama. He shares recipes and culinary knowledge with Mazzoni fans each month.