Ingredients

2 eggs, beaten
½ cup breadcrumbs
½ cup onion, chopped fine
1/3 cup milk
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
1 pound Italian sausage
1 pound ground beef
2 ounces prosciutto, cut into strips, about ½ inch
36 mozzarella balls, called bocconcini
½ cup marinara sauce
½ cup Alfredo sauce
½ cup pesto

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

1. Make meatball mixture by combining in a large bowl the eggs, breadcrumbs, milk, onion, sausage, ground beef, salt and pepper.
2. Take mozzarella balls and wrap prosciutto around them, take meatball mixture in hand and make a ball with the wrapped mozzarella balls in the center. Repeat until you have made as many meatballs as you can, about 1 ½ inch in size.
3. Bake in oven until done, about 30 minutes.

Serve on platter over the three sauces or place the sauces on the side in separate bowls.

Recipe courtesy of Julie Geary, Classic Cooks Catering, 2012.

Julie Geary of Classic Cooks gets asked to prepare parties all of the time. Just like with the chicken wings three ways, she always is on the lookout for something new and here is another one.

Sure, the same old meatballs are great but why not surprise your guests a little bit this year with these tasty meatballs stuffed with little mozzarella balls wrapped in prosciutto. They will look and smell like delicious meatballs but the surprise will be when they bite into them.  After putting on one of the sauces - marinara, Alfredo, or pesto – watch the look of surprise on the faces when they bite into it. The rich flavors form the melted cheese center will combine with the sauce and meatball flavor for a one-of-a-kind experience.

What about the name? The word Caprese comes from the original caprese salad, called Insalata Caprese, which was named after the island of Capri in the Campania region of Italy. It consists of sliced fresh buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes and basil seasoned with olive oil and salt. These meatballs are a variation of that theme, using small mozzarella balls seasoned with olive oil and basil. The small mozzarella pieces are also known as bocconcinis, which means “small mouthful” in Italian. It may be a small mouthful when stuffed in these meatballs but it will be a mouthful with a lot of taste.

Caprese Stuffed Meatballs
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