Greek Stuffed Meatballs

Kasseri (kuh-SEHR-ee) are salty, sharp cheese doused with ouzo, a Greek liqueur, and lit on fire at Greek restaurants. Find them nestled inside these Mediterranean meatballs. Opa!

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Yields:
about 42 meatballs
Prep:
40 mins
Bake:
25 mins 350°F
Slow Cook:
3 hrs to 4 hrs (low) or 1-1/2 to 2 hours (high)
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Greek Stuffed Meatballs

Ingredients
2
eggs
1
cup seasoned fine dry bread crumbs
1/4
cup finely chopped pimiento-stuffed green olives
1/4
cup finely chopped black olives
1/4
cup chopped flat-leaf (Italian) parsley
4
cloves garlic, minced
1
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon ground black pepper
1
pound lean ground beef
1
pound ground lamb
6
ounces kasseri or feta cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1
recipe Greek Tomato Sauce

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl beat eggs with a fork. Stir in bread crumbs, green olives, black olives, parsley, garlic, salt, and pepper. Add ground beef and ground lamb; mix until thoroughly combined.
  2. Shape meat mixture into a ball around each cheese cube, being sure to completely enclose the cheese. Arrange meatballs in a single layer in a 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Bake, uncovered, for 25 minutes. Drain well.
  3. Place meatballs in a 4- to 5-quart slow cooker. Pour Greek Tomato Sauce over meatballs in slow cooker, gently tossing to coat.
  4. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 3 to 4 hours or on high-heat setting for 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Serve immediately or keep warm, covered, on warm setting or low-heat setting for up to 2 hours. Serve with decorative toothpicks.

Greek Tomato Sauce

Ingredients

1/2
cup chopped onion (1 medium)
1
clove garlic, minced
1
tablespoon olive oil
1
8 ounce can tomato sauce
1/4
cup dry red wine or beef broth
1
teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
1/2
teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan cook onion and garlic in hot oil until tender. Stir in tomato sauce, wine, oregano, and cinnamon. Heat through.

Nutrition Facts

(Greek Stuffed Meatballs)
    Per serving:
  • 104 kcal cal.,
  • 7 g fat
  • (3 g sat. fat,
  • 0 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 2 g monounsatured fat),
  • 30 mg chol.,
  • 448 mg sodium,
  • 5 g carb.,
  • 1 g fiber,
  • 2 g sugar,
  • 6 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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