Sunday, November 4, 2012

Chicken Pizza Meatballs

Do you need to take a meat dish to a function? Try this easy one.  You may also freeze them and keep for that lazy day you want to just toss something quick into the oven.  This recipe makes 12 large meatballs.  

1 1/4 pounds ground chicken
1/2 cup breadcrumbs (you may use Italian if you like)
1 teaspoons of onion powder
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
Salt and pepper to taste
1 minced garlic clove
1 tablespoon of chopped pimentos (Optional)
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 egg

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 14 ounce can of your favorite store bought pizza sauce (or make your own)
4 ounces fresh mozzarella

Preheat oven to 400° F, setting rack to upper third part of oven. In a large bowl, using your hands, gently mix together first 10 ingredients. Shape into golf size balls and place a few inches from each other on a foil lined baking sheet. In a small bowl, mix one spoonful of your pizza sauce with olive oil. Brush this mixture on top of each meatball. Bake for 15 minutes.

Remove meatballs from oven, spoon some sauce on top of each meatball, and cover each with a slice of mozzarella cheese. Broil another 3 to 5 minutes until cheese is bubbly and golden.  Heat the remaining sauce in a small saucepan and serve them with a dollop of sauce on the plate for dipping.

Variation - You can use ground turkey or ground if you like.

With Thanksgiving getting close, I think I will focus on some Thanksgiving recipes in my blog for the next couple of week that are tradition to my family and maybe some new ones for the great feast.

Have a great Sunday.  Be happy and may God bless you and yours.  

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