Mozzarella Meatballs



6 pounds lean ground beef
15 mozzarella string cheese, or a 1-pound block of mozzarella cut into 120 cubes
3 cups dry bread crumbs
cup milk
4 eggs, lightly beaten
¼ cup minced onion
2 tablespoons minced garlic (about 18 cloves)
1 tablespoon salt
2 teaspoons black pepperSauce:
4 cups ketchup
2 cups red wine vinegar
2 cups Worcestershire sauce
2 cups packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons minced garlic (about 18 cloves)
2 tablespoons minced onion
1 tablespoon dry mustard
2 teaspoons black pepper


6 one-gallon freezer bags, labeled

On hand for each entrée:

Cooked rice or noodles


1. Remove string cheese from wrappers and cut each string into 8 equal pieces. Place in a large bowl or 1-gallon freezer bag and freeze until it is time to form meatballs.

2. Preheat oven to 500°F.

3. Using your hands, thoroughly combine beef, bread crumbs, milk, eggs, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Shape into 1- to 1½-inch meatballs, around each piece of frozen mozzarella. Seal meatballs well to keep cheese from oozing out.

4. Place meatballs close together on lightly greased broiler pans or rimmed baking sheets. Bake for 15 minutes. Cool meatballs.

5. While meatballs are baking and cooling, mix ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, garlic, onion, mustard, and pepper in a large bowl. Divide sauce evenly among freezer bags. Divide cooled meatballs evenly among bags of sauce.

6. Seal and freeze.

To Serve:

1. Completely thaw one entrée in the refrigerator.

2. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

3. Pour meatballs and sauce into an ungreased baking dish. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes, or until meatballs are heated through. Serve over rice or noodles.

Yield: 6 entrees, about 20 meatballs each
Freeze up to: 4 months

Try these similar recipes:

Barbecue Meatball Recipe

Taco Meatballs

Football and food go together. That's a lot of game day food pressure, so from appetizers to the best chili recipes ever...we'll make sure you don't fumble.

Best Chili Recipes

Game Day Recipes

   Thanksgiving Sides

Thanksgiving Sides

From stuffing to potatoes and dozens of other mouth-watering sides, we've got the recipes for the perfect Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Sides

25 Days of Christmas

25 Days of Christmas

Celebrate 25 Days of Christmas with activities every day from December 1st until Christmas Day!

25 Days of Christmas Activities

Easy dinner recipes, dinner ideas, and pre-planned weekly dinner menus make having a homemade dinner easier than takeout. You may think you're making simple dinners each night but your family will remember those dinners as memorable moments in time.
Check out the best selection on the Internet; great dinners for real families in our Think Dinner section. Easy Dinner Recipes is where you'll find the free, easy family dinner plans.
Dinner Ideas is dinner central, the place to get all your dinner recipes. From ideas for tonight to recipes based on time, ingredients, and cooking style; we'd love to have you join us at the dinner table.