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meatball bomb 5 layers of flavor

★★★★★ 7
a recipe by
Lynn Socko
San Angelo, TX

These make large meal size meatballs, one or two per the average person is plenty.

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So many layers of goodness in this recipe! The flavors are fabulous. And the cheese in the middle is a wonderful treat. Eat these as a main course, or make them a bit smaller for an appetizer. They are delicious! Don't forget... all ovens are different. In the Test Kitchen, after 40 minutes the bacon was not as crispy as I like. So I raised the temp to 425 and baked another 15 minutes. They came out perfect.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 7
serves makes 16 LARGE meatballs
prep time 30 Min
cook time 40 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For meatball bomb 5 layers of flavor

  • 2 lb
    spicy Italian sausage
  • 1 lb
    ground beef
  • 16
    small cubes or cheese, Asadero or your favorite
  • 3
  • 1 1/2 c
    jarred Parmesan or 3 cheese
  • 2 tsp
    McCormick bbq seasoning or your favorite
  • 1 c
    bbq sauce
  • 16 slice

How To Make meatball bomb 5 layers of flavor

  • 1
    In one bowl mix together Italian sausage, 2 eggs and 1 c Parmesan cheese.
  • 2
    In another bowl mix together ground beef, McCormick's seasoning, 1 egg and 1/2 c Parmesan cheese.
  • 3
    Cut cheese into about 1" cubes.
  • 4
    I used the middle size and large scoops. The middle size for ground beef, the large for sausage.
  • 5
    Scoop 16 ground beef scoops. Roll in your hands to make a ball.
  • 6
    Then press center down and out, place cheese inside and gently work the meat up and over the cheese. Then roll in hands for a few seconds to tighten it up.
  • 7
    Scoop out 16 scoops of Italian sausage with the large scoop.
  • 8
    Roll into a ball, then press down and out from center to make a well.
  • 9
    Place smaller meatball stuffed with cheese inside. Gently push sausage up and over top of smaller meat ball. Roll in your hands for a few seconds to tighten meat up.
  • 10
    Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay a slice of bacon on paper, place meatball in center.
  • 11
    Then bring bacon up and twist and back down. Tuck under meatball and place little skewer in center.
  • 12
    Brush with your favorite BBQ sauce, I use Uncle Gary's Jalapeno BBQ sauce.
  • 13
    Bake on center rack 325° for 40 min. Serve with potato salad or mac and cheese.

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