Recipes and Cooking Mozzarella-Stuffed Kimchi Meatballs 5.0 (1) 1 Review Your usual spaghetti and meatballs gets a Korean twist with the use of kimchi, Gochujang, and fish sauce. But meatballs stuffed with cheese and a familiar red sauce drizzled over everything means even the least adventurous eaters would be willing to try it. By Danielle Centoni Danielle Centoni Instagram Twitter Website Danielle is a food writer and recipe developer with more than two decades of experience as a food journalist writing about cooking, baking, and grilling, as well as cocktails, wine, and beer. She also has extensive experience conducting product reviews and taste tests. In addition to feature writing and recipe development for publications, she has written six cookbooks and contributed extensive editorial work to six others. Previously, Danielle was the food editor of The Oakland Tribune, food editor and writer at The Oregonian, senior editor at Imbibe Magazine and MIX Magazine, and editor of Eater Portland. As a freelance writer, her articles, recipes, taste tests, and comprehensive equipment reviews appear in a range of national publications including Better Homes & Gardens, EatingWell, Conde Nast Traveler, The Kitchn, Spruce Eats, and Serious Eats, among many others. Danielle earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Smith College. She has also taken the WSET Intermediate Course in wine and spirits, passing with distinction. She has received the James Beard Journalism Award and is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, the James Beard Foundation, and Les Dames d'Escoffier. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Published on February 1, 2020 Print Rate It Share Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Carson Downing Total Time: 50 mins Servings: 4 Jump to Nutrition Facts Ingredients 3 tablespoon olive oil 1 cup chopped onion 5 cloves garlic, minced 1 28 ounce can whole peeled Italian tomatoes in puree 1 cup chicken broth ⅓ cup brine from purchased kimchi 1 ¼ cup finely chopped kimchi 3 tablespoon fish sauce 2 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce 1 tablespoon Gochujang sauce or paste 1 pound ground beef (80% lean) ⅔ cup panko bread crumbs ¼ cup chopped green onions ¼ teaspoon kosher salt 4 ounce part-skim mozzarella, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 24 cubes) Cooked wide rice noodles and/or sauteed napa cabbage* Directions For sauce: In a 5- to 6-quart Dutch oven heat 2 Tbsp. oil over medium. Add onion. Cook 5 minutes or until tender. Add three cloves garlic. Cook 1 minute more. Add tomatoes, crushing with your hands as you add them to the pot, and their juices. Add broth, brine, 1/4 cup kimchi, 2 Tbsp. fish sauce, 1 Tbsp. soy sauce, and the Gochujang. Bring to boiling; reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer, uncovered, 20 minutes or until sauce has thickened. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. For meatballs: In a large bowl combine ground beef, remaining 1 cup kimchi, the panko, green onions, remaining two cloves garlic, remaining 1 Tbsp. fish sauce, remaining 1 Tbsp. soy sauce, and 1/4 tsp. salt. Use your hands to mix well. Using wet hands, shape into 24 balls. Insert a mozzarella cube into each ball, sealing meat around it. In an extra-large skillet heat remaining 1 Tbsp. oil over medium. Add half the meatballs. Cook 12 minutes or until browned and cooked through, turning occasionally. Remove; repeat with remaining meatballs. Transfer to the Dutch oven; heat through. Serve with noodles and/or cabbage. Serves 4. * To saute cabbage, remove and discard ribs; cut leaves into wide ribbons. Heat vegetable oil over medium-high. Add cabbage. Cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes or until softened. To Bake Meatballs: Place meatballs in a 15x10-inch baking pan lined with foil. Cover and chill 1 hour. Bake at 375°F for 18 minutes or until 160°F. Rate it Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 554 Calories 37g Fat 25g Carbs 32g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Servings Per Recipe 4 Calories 554 % Daily Value * Total Fat 37g 47% Saturated Fat 12g 60% Cholesterol 98mg 33% Sodium 2456mg 107% Total Carbohydrate 25g 9% Total Sugars 11g Protein 32g Vitamin C 30.8mg 154% Calcium 354mg 27% Iron 5.4mg 30% Potassium 1174mg 25% Fatty acids, total trans 1g Folate, total 73.7mcg Vitamin B-12 2.1mcg Vitamin B-6 0.7mg *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.