Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs in French Onion Sauce

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Brianne’s recipe for French Onion Soup au Gratin Stuffed Meatballs looks so good, I have to try it.  Mozzerella, pinot noir, onions… delicious!

Ingredients

  • Olive oil to cover the bottom of the Dutch oven
  • 2 onions, halved and thinly sliced1
  • 1 Tbsp fresh thyme or 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 ¼ cup beef broth
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound reduced fat pork sausage
  • ¼ cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped, freeze dried chives
  • ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon dried ground chipotle
  • 1 egg
  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese cut into 12 one-inch cube
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • salt and pepper

Fire up a large chimney of hot charcoals.  Pour a heap of charcoal out and place a 10-inch Dutch oven or skillet on top of a trivet. Add onions and oil.  Saute until caramelized, about 10 minutes.  Add  1/2 teaspoon thyme, salt, and pepper. Deglaze with 1/4 cup red wine and 1/4 cup beef stock.  Reduce until liquid is almost gone. Remove from heat and set aside.IMG_2618

In a large bowl, mix by hand ground beef, ground sausage, bread crumbs, chives, egg, chipotle, salt and pepper.  Divide into 12 even parts, about the size of a tennis ball.  Roll into a ball then flatten, add a cube of mozzarella, and close meat over the cheese.

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Add 2 teaspoons oil in a 12-inch camp Dutch oven and then add the meatballs.  Place over a pile of hot charcoals and fry the meatballs, rotating each one until evenly browned on all sides.

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Add carmelized onions, remaining wine and beef stock.

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Cover.  Place 10 hot charcoals underneath and 16 on the lid and bake until the internal temperature of the meatballs is 160, about 20 minutes.

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My better-half says this is yummy and I agree.  So many layers of flavors in the sauce and then the meatball explodes with cheese.   Yummy!

Enjoy!

 

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One Response to Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs in French Onion Sauce

  1. Pingback: Köttbullar Med Gräddsky – Meatballs With Cream Sauce / Kjøttboller Med Fløtesause | RecipeReminiscing

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