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Greek Stuffed Meatballs

Yield: about 42 meatballs
Prep 40 mins Bake 350°F 25 mins Slow Cook 3 hrs to 4 hrs  (low) or 1-1/2 to 2 hours (high)
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)
  • cal. (kcal) 104,
  • Fat, total (g) 7,
  • chol. (mg) 30,
  • sat. fat (g) 3,
  • carb. (g) 5,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 2,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 0,
  • Trans fatty acid (g) 0,
  • fiber (g) 1,
  • sugar (g) 2,
  • pro. (g) 6,
  • vit. A (IU) 243,
  • vit. C (mg) 4,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 2,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
  • Folate (g) 8,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 1,
  • sodium (mg) 448,
  • Potassium (mg) 222,
  • calcium (mg) 40,
  • iron (mg) 1,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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