Meatball Muffins

Meatball Muffins

To make these meatball “muffins” ricotta meatballs are nestled in a savory, biscuit-like muffin batter and baked in a muffin pan. They’re just as tasty at room temperature as they are warm, making for a great appetizer or lunchbox treat and are best served with marinara sauce on the side for a little dunking action, without it they can be a little on the dry side.

The meatballs are tender with ricotta cheese along with the usual suspects like garlic, Parmesan, eggs, bread crumbs and fresh parsley. They’re baked briefly on a baking sheet before being stuffed into the “muffins” where they get baked a second time.

Meatball Muffin

The muffin batter has many of the same things in it as the meatballs with mozzarella cheese, more Parmesan, marinara sauce, fresh parsley and Italian seasonings. It’s more like a dough than a pourable batter and is easy to work with. After dividing the dough amongst the muffin cups you need to mold a well into the center of each one and press the meatballs down into them. It only takes about 20 minutes for them to bake up – hot, crusty and golden brown.

Out pops a portable treat, fun for kids (and grown-up kids) to eat (and help make). Plus, did you notice they’re cuteness? Never thought I’d find myself saying that about a meatball but it’s true.

Cute as a button. Meatball muffins.

Muffin Meatballs

Meatball Muffins

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 22 minutes

Yield: 12 muffins

Meatball Muffins

To make these meatball “muffins” ricotta meatballs are nestled in a savory, biscuit-like muffin batter and baked in a muffin pan. They're just as tasty at room temperature as they are warm, making for a great appetizer or lunchbox treat.

Ingredients:

non-stick spray and butter, for greasing the pans
Meatballs:
1 pound lean ground beef
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons seasoned bread crumbs
1 large egg, beaten
1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning, crushed between fingertips
3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Muffins:
2/3 cup marinara sauce, plus more for dipping
2 large eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning, crushed between fingertips
2 + 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil and lightly coat with non-stick spray. Butter a 12-cup muffin pan.
  2. Make the meatballs.
  3. In a large bowl mix all the meatballs ingredients together with a fork or your hands until just combined. Form into 12 meatballs. Bake 10 minutes on the baking sheet. Cool.
  4. Make the muffins:
  5. In a medium bowl whisk together the sauce, eggs and oil until well combined. Stir in the mozzarella, 1/4 cup of the parmesan and the seasoning.
  6. In a large mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the center and pour in the wet ingredients. Mix well - it will be thick - you can gently knead it by hand if the mixture gets too thick. Don't overmix.
  7. Fill each muffin cup a little more than half full and press the centers down and the sides up to form a well for the meatballs. Gently press a meatball down into each one. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.
  8. Bake 18 - 22 minutes until golden brown. Don't overcook or they'll dry out. Serve warm or at room temperature with plenty of marinara sauce for dipping and dunking.

Notes:

Adapted from Sweet and Vicious: Baking with Attitude

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Comments

  1. Catherine says

    Dear Reeni, These would make wonderful appetizers or a nice, fun dinner and movie night!! Great with a side salad.
    Blessings dear and have a beautiful weekend. Catherine xo

  2. BeadedTail says

    Those are cute as a button and would be so fun for a get together or party! Who would ever think of putting a meatball in a muffin? Oh yeah, clever thinking you would!

    Moon, it’s almost Caturday! Enjoy your day! Purrs, Angel & Isabella
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  3. Shabnam Dhalla says

    Hi
    can I make the pastry a day ahead and make the meatballs the next day and fill it in
    Thanks

    • Reeni says

      Hi Shabnam! No you can’t! They might not turn out good because the pastry uses baking powder and needs to be cooked right away. It’s not like a yeast dough. Sorry!

  4. Wendy says

    These would make the greatest appetizer finger food, Reeni! We like to have a tapas-style dinner on Friday nights, just a bunch of different little things to nibble on when we are exhausted from the week. These would be perfect!
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