Gouda Meatballs/ Belkys

(WSVN) - It’s an easy-to-make dish that’s perfect for entertaining! That’s what’s cooking as we grab a Bite with Belkys.

The Chef: Belkys Nerey
The Dish: Gouda Meatballs

Ingredients:

1 1/2 oz. smoked Gouda cheese, cut into 3/8 inch cubes
1 lb. bulk Italian sausage
1/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1 egg, beaten
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. crush red pepper flakes
Pasta sauce (for dipping meatballs) *optional

Method of Preparation:

  • Cut Gouda into cubes, place in a plastic bag or container and put in freezer for 30 minutes or longer. (This keeps the cheese from melting too quickly.)
  • When you’re ready to make the meatballs, heat oven to 400 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, stir together the breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, basil, egg, garlic powder, salt and red pepper flakes. When that’s done, add the sausage and blend well.
  • Shape the sausage mixture into 1 1/4 inch balls. Make a dent in each ball with your finger and press the frozen cheese cube in. Close the ball around the cheese and place on a baking pan. Use parchment or a silicone baking mat for easy clean up!
  • Bake the meatballs in the oven for about 20 minutes, until golden brown and internal temperature reads 165 degrees.

To Plate:

  • Serve the Gouda Meatballs with your favorite warm pasta sauce for dipping and enjoy!

Serves: 12

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