Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Spaghetti and Stuffed Chicken Meatballs

Well, as mentioned I love carbs.  I love bread, I love pasta, I love crackers, and then pass the sugary carbs my way for dessert!  The sadness in all of this is that the UGH Guy does not love pasta.  Apparently this stems from being forced to eat KD as a child until he threw up.  C'Mon, KD isn't even in the same range as a good chicken Alfredo, stuffed ravioli, or lasagna!  Why make us suffer?!

Good thing I know he likes meat....like tricking a kid to eat their veggies by hiding them I will disguise the meal by adding large copious amounts of tasty meat.  There is no possible way he can complain now can he?  BAH who cares!  I'm not a restaurant, well, unless you pay me and leave a tip, then I will make you what YOU want ;)
But in all seriousness he loved it, didn't even complain AND high fived me for a job well done!  Meat....works every time.
Now to shake things up a little the tender morsels have a little hidden surprise - CHEESE!
Its not just for crackers anymore

Stuffed Meatballs with Rose Sauce
1 lb ground chicken
1 egg
1 small onion diced finely
2 cloves garlic chopped finely
1/2 c. Italian breadcrumbs (or plain adding Italian seasonings)
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
30-40 small boccacinni cheese balls

Mix first 6 ingredients until just combined (don't over mix)  Take a small amount of meat mixture in your palm and place 2 cheese balls in the center.  Make sure the meat forms a ball around the cheese to ensure no leakage.
In a skillet on medium heat place 2 tbsp olive oil and brown meatballs on all sides.  Approx 10 minutes.  Pour sauce to cover and simmer another 10 minutes or until pasta is complete.

1 medium onion diced
3 cloves garlic chopped
1 1/2 tbsp. olive oil
1 can diced tomatoes (or 8-10 Roma tomatoes cubed and a can of tomato paste)
1 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. onion powder
pinch of salt/cracked pepper
1/4 c. herb n garlic cream cheese

Sweat onions in oil for approx. 5 minutes on med-high heat, add garlic and stir for another 2 minutes.  Add tomatoes and spices.  Simmer on low for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Just before serving add cream cheese and stir until combined.  Pour over meatballs.
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