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Spicy Meatball Pizzaiola
The Lazy Chef is embarking on a new enterprise to deliver innovative recipes to her three loyal readers: the roving test kitchen!
No one knows where the cooking will happen, but the important thing is that we deliver delicious results to you – and the first thing on the menu is Spicy Meatball Pizzaiola. And, what makes this different from any other pizzaiola you may have had? Well … lots of things, so let’s get started.
<strong>The Basic Tools</strong>
<li>Large <a title="Skillets and Frying Pans" href="http://www.atgstores.com/skillets-frying-pans_14554.html" target="_blank">skillet</a></li>
<li><a title="Baking Sheets" href="http://www.atgstores.com/baking-sheets_2281.html" target="_blank">Baking sheet</a></li>
<li><a title="Mixing Bowls" href="http://www.atgstores.com/mixing-bowls_2286.html" target="_blank">Mixing bowl</a></li>
<li><a title="Bakeware" href="http://www.atgstores.com/baking-pans_2284.html" target="_blank">Baking Pan</a></li>
<li>1 1/2 pounds ground beef</li>
<li>1/2 cup quick oats, minced</li>
<li>1/2 small onion, minced</li>
<li>3 cloves garlic, minced</li>
<li>3 oz. mozzarella, cubed</li>
<li>3 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce</li>
<li>3 tbsp. chili sauce (Sriracha)</li>
<li>1 tbsp. butter</li>
<li>1 tbsp. basil</li>
<li>2 tsp. thyme</li>
<li>2 tsp. rosemary</li>
<li>2 tsp. parsley</li>
<li>Salt and pepper to taste</li>
<span style="text-decoration: underline;">Part 1 (Prep)</span>: Put all the ingredients listed <em>except the cheese and butter </em>in your mixing bowl and mash it together with your hands. Cut the mozzarella into small 1/4-inch cubes. Once complete, take a 1-ounce scoop of meat, press a cube of mozzarella into it and then roll it into a meatball. Repeat until all the meat is used, placing the meatballs on a tray or baking sheet. Set the meatballs in the fridge for at least 45 minutes to firm up.
<span style="text-decoration: underline;">Part 2 (Cook):</span> Remove the meatballs from the fridge and brown them in your skillet with butter, turning constantly for 6-8 minutes. (You may have to do this in two batches.) Once dark brown on all sides, place them in the baking pan and pop them in the oven for 8-10 minutes at 350ºF.
You can serve these with pasta and sauce, with sauce for dipping or simply straight up – they’re that good.
<a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> hopes you enjoy this recipe and our inaugural trip to the test kitchen!