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April 24, 2014

Recipe: Gorgonzola Stuffed Sausage and Quinoa Meatballs

Gorgonzola Stuffed Meatballs

We have a few family favorites when it comes to mealtime. This super simple meatball recipe is currently a hit with everyone. When you add in the fact that it is quick, easy, and cheap to make, you have a real winner.

These gorgonzola stuffed meatballs are made with pork sausage and quinoa so they are packed full of flavor and nutrients. Whether you need a quick weeknight meal, or something that looks fancy enough for entertaining, this is the perfect recipe idea.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds of chicken or pork Italian sausage
  • 1/3 cup of cooked quinoa
  • 1/3 cup of grated Romano cheese
  • 1/2 cup of Gorgonzola cheese

Preparation

KitchenAid Mixer
Preheat oven to 400°.
Whenever I’m working with ground meat, my KitchenAid Mixer is my best friend. It’s not that I won’t touch raw meat. I just prefer not to pick it out of my fingernails when I’m done cooking. If you have a mixer, pull it out. If not, you can certainly make this recipe by hand.
Combine the ground sausage, cooked quinoa, and grated Romano cheese in your mixer. If you can’t find Romano cheese you could substitute parmesan or any other dry cheese.

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When the ingredients are well combined, use a muffin scoop to create portions that are about 1 1/2 inches wide and uniform in size. Create a small bowl shape with the meat and fill the center with a portion of gorgonzola cheese. If you have picky eaters, you may want to substitute fresh mozzarella balls here or use smaller portions of gorgonzola cheese.
Lay the meatballs out on a baking sheet and roll around in a bit of olive oil so they’ll toast up nicely and stay moist.
Cooking with Kids: This is a great point to include younger kids in the meal preparation. Kids can easily form meatballs and it’s a great chance to talk with them about food safety and hand washing practices, especially since you are working with raw meat.
Bake meatballs for 20 minutes, or until cooked all the way through.
The centers will have a delicious pop of flavor and add an element of drama to your standard spaghetti and meatballs.
sausage meatballs
Serve over noodles and with a sauce of your choice.

Sausage Meatballs

 

About Rachel

Rachel knows what it is like to be busy and worry about balancing everything without losing your sanity. As a homeschooling mom of 4 boys (ages 9, 7, 5, and one tiny angel who passed away at birth) and a baby daughter, juggling is a way of life.

Rachel holds a B.A. in English and is a former teacher. She is the creator of Busy Mommy Media and works as a freelance writer from home.

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