Mozzarella stuffed chicken meatballs are simple, cheesy and slow-cooked

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Cookbookmarked! is our new series where we discuss the latest cookbooks of the foodie influencers you follow. Come back regularly to find out which new releases are worth your hard-earned cash and the recipes you should try first from each of them.The Instant Pot may be the king of kitchen gadgets, but that does not mean that you have to collect slow cooker dust. Here to revive your love relationship with your Crock-Pot 3-step cookbook for Slow Cookers ($ 22) from Drew Maresco, with 75 recipes for simple, hearty slow-cooker meals that you can fix and forget. Fill your kitchen with the aroma's of gently bubbling chicken curd soup or caramelized onion roasts and your slow cooker can simply earn a steady spot on your kitchen counter. While your cookbook is on the bus, you'll be hungry for Maresco's stuffed chicken meatballs with mozzarella. Go ahead and double the recipe below; there are certainly no leftovers.Far too many slow-cooker recipes beat the purpose of using a slow cooker; they will ask you to bake ingredients or prepare sauces in a separate pan before you actually reach the Crock Pot section. That is not the case with Slow-cooker in 3 steps recipes, most of which come together with simple stirring and a few hours of heat. You will even make dishes that you did not know could be cooked slowly, such as old-school meatloaf and a whole "roasted" chicken that tastes just like the rotisserie, but without any fuss. If your biggest hurdle in the kitchen is deciding what to make, you plant menus easily while you browse through them Slow-cooker in 3 steps. The book is divided into themes such as comfort meals, Asian, Italian and barbecue, so that you can recognize your desire and prepare the best dish to satisfy. Do you like Mexican but do you run into a vegetarian friend? Go to the vegetarian section and end up with a recipe for enchilada pie made with black beans and quinoa. Maresco's accessible, public-friendly recipes prove that families do not just have to survive on pizza and mac and cheese. No children's table would topple a slow-boiled orange chicken or beefstroganoff plate with egg noodles, while even the most picky eater could come to the more refined lemon-basil chicken with orzo. Perhaps the biggest crowd puller of all? Maresco's addictive, cheesy mozzarella stuffed chicken meatballs. Call them with the recipe below, and you will promise never to eat a non-cheesy meatball again.

mozzarella stuffed chicken meatballs RECIPES

(4 persons)Spaghetti and meatballs are a classic. Using ground chicken to make these meatballs a bit leaner and fill them with fresh mozzarella, this is a delicious meal that your whole family will enjoy. Use wholegrain pasta to give your meal a good fiber boost!ingredients:Sauce:

  • 1 (28-ounce) can be crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 medium onion, grated
  • 1/4 cup of dry red wine
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • meatballs:

  • 1 pound of ground chicken
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 basin panko bread crumbs (unhealthy regular breadcrumbs would work fine.)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 8 ounces of fresh mozzarella, cut into roughly 1/2-inch cubes
  • 16 grams of spaghetti, cooked, for serving
  • Directions:1. Mix the tomatoes, onion, wine, tomato paste, garlic, basil, oregano and salt in your 6-quarter slow cooker. Combine the chicken, the egg, the parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, basil, oregano, garlic powder and salt in a medium bowl. Make sure you do not mix this too much, because it can make the meat tough. Scoop 1 tablespoon of the meat mixture, form into a slice, place a piece of mozzarella in the middle and wrap the meat around the cheese, rolling into a ball. Repeat with the remaining meat and cheese. Carefully place the meatballs in your slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours or on low for 6 hours.3. Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package. Serve meatballs over cooked pasta.For more juicy slow cooker meals, follow Brit + Co on Pinterest.Brit + Co sometimes uses linked links to promote products sold by others, but always offers genuine editorial recommendations.(From 3-step cookbook for Slow Cookers by Drew Maresco, Page Street Publishing, copyright 2018. Photo: Jennifer Blume)You might also like it