My “NEW” Favorite Meatballs!

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My “NEW” Favorite Meatballs!

By Captain Michael Groover

Just like cookies, I’ve never met a meatball I didn’t like. I’ve tried them made out of every kind of meat imaginable. Lamb, turkey, chicken, veal and even bison. Working on boats, we often have meatballs for dinner. We make enough to have a meatball sandwich for lunch and even sneak in some extras for breakfast. You might be surprised to know that if you chop up your leftover meatballs, cook them and a little Italian seasoning with your scrambled eggs and put a ladle full of hot “gravy” (that’s what the Yankees call tomato sauce) on top, it is a darn near perfect breakfast. Definitely one I’ll get out of my bunk for!

Paula made me these meatballs a few weeks ago and I have to tell you they were good! With that cheese stuffed inside and kind of oozing out. Gosh, I wish I had some now while I’m writin’ this. I hope you all try them and eat ‘em up as fast as I did. The only bad part about these Slow Cooker Cheese Stuffed Meatballs and Sauce....was waiting for them to get out of the slow cooker!

Slow Cooker Cheese Stuffed Meatballs and Sauce

1 lb. ground beef
1 lb. ground pork
4 tablespoons fresh Parmesan cheese, grated
1 to 1 1/2 cups Italian dry bread crumbs
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 tablespoon fresh basil, finely chopped
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
4 oz. fresh mozzarella, divided into 12 pieces
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 jars of your favorite red sauce
2 pounds spaghetti, cooked al dente

In a large mixing bowl combine ground beef, ground pork, Parmesan, eggs, salt, pepper, garlic, basil, parsley and dried oregano. Add bread crumbs 1/2 cup at a time until mixture is not too wet and can be formed into balls easily. Form mixture into 12 balls using your thumb to press a hole in the center. Insert a piece of the fresh mozzarella into the hole and close the hole by pushing the meatball mixture around it to secure the mozzarella inside each ball.

Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat and drizzle olive oil into it. Add meatballs and cook until just browned. Using a slotted spoon, transfer meatballs into a slow cooker. Pour red sauce over the meatballs and cook on LOW for approximately 5 hours. Serve the stuffed meatballs and sauce over spaghetti.
Servings: 6
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 5 hrs
Difficulty: Easy

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My family is having a meatball competition for the 4th of July. I'm so going to win !! Thanks,Paula!!!!!

By Lilly on July 03, 2012


Made this tonight and it was fantastic!!! I didn't have the ground pork so I halved the entire recipe and just made it with 1lb of ground beef and it was great. Also didn't have time for the slow cooker so baked it for 20 @ 350 after browning and then let them simmer for a few in the spaghetti sauce to let it absorb some juice. Very yummy! I love your recipes because they are written for real moms in a hurry with ingredients that everyone has in their kitchens. Thank you for simplifying dinner time for me!

By Carol on February 12, 2012



By NANCY on April 05, 2011

I made these meatballs last night for my family - everyone loved them!  I have 4 kids and invited my mom over - my kids said they were “awesome”, my mom wants the recipe. 
It was easy to make, but it made a lot more than the recipe said.  The meatballs were inbetween the size of a golf ball and a billiard ball, and we had about 24.  I also used 3 of the big cans of spaghetti sauce. 
Can’t wait to make this again!  You never go wrong with a recipe from Paula!

By Elizabeth on June 23, 2010

Dear Paula, Just arrived home last night from Savannah,had a great time especially at Lady and Sons Food was great . Went on your tour too and ate ate Bubba’s wonderful. We own an Italian Restaurant “Arnones Little Italy” also a very busy Hair Salon all my three children work at both business. We have a great recipe very spicy one we do. My son just got back from Italy for a 8 week appenticing for Dario Cecchini in the village of Panzano half hour out of Florence. If you would like our recipe?  Carol Arnone

By Carol Arnone on June 17, 2010

Hi Paula:

Just now have connected with your website acouple of days ago.  Sorry I missed out on the dessert challenge, deadline was last Sunday.  Maybe next time. 
The meatball slow cooker recipe sounds delicious.  Looking forward to trying it.  I’ll comment later.  From a pal…....Pam

By Pam Esslinger on April 27, 2010

I made this for my famliy becouse they love meatballs and spaghetti but,they did not no that there was this little surprize in the meatballs.They love it.spaghetti and surprize meatballs with some coleslaw on the side.YUMMMY!!!

By jessielee on January 30, 2010

I like seeing Michael and having him make a comment about the recipes. I bet he is a great cook to. This recipe will make a great Super Bowl dish.
I like seeing both he and Paula togeather. They are very special.
thank You

By Kay Mabry on January 30, 2010

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