White Cheddar Meatballs
Good Morning! Welcome to the Fall 2016 Edition of Freaky Friday! I am so excited to be participating! This group is the brainchild of my friend, Michaela’s and it is SO MUCH FUN! For those of you that aren’t familiar with Freaky Friday, it is a group of food bloggers that get assigned a secret blog and we get to choose any recipe we want to make from it for our own blogs. Then all of the recipes are revealed at the exact same time and we get to see who had our page and which recipe they selected! It has been a great way for me and my readers to find new blogs to follow, and I feel honored to be a part of it!
Past Freaky Friday Recipes:
This round, I had the pleasure of cooking a recipe from Julie’s blog over at Hostess at Heart. Her blog is absolutely beautiful, as is Julie herself. I actually felt an instant connection with her right away because like me, she started her site in order to share recipes with family and friends. She also sometimes makes recipes that are ‘off the deep end’ in regards to not being friendly to the waistline 😉 Lastly, she claims to overuse exclamation points, which I have been accused of being guilty of a time or 2. 😉
I knew right away that I was going to have trouble narrowing down which recipe to make. The Country Captain Chicken, Poblano Pork Stew over Tomatillo Rice, and the Thick Fudgy S’mores immediately caught my eye. However, as soon as I saw her White Cheddar Meatballs, my mind was made up!
You see, college football started last weekend and as you know, in the South (and probably everywhere else in the country, we take our football snacks and appetizers VERY seriously. My family absolutely LOVES white cheddar cheese so I took my buddy Michaela’s idea and made these insanely delicious meatballs into the CUTEST little tailgating appetizers!
They are practically everything you could possibly love in a White Cheddar Bacon Cheeseburger, all on a toothpick for easy munching. We layered tomato, lettuce, bacon, white cheddar cheese and the meatballs on each toothpick and served them with our FAVORITE burger sauce <—(click here for recipe) for dipping. My daughter helped me assemble them and neither one of us could stop eating the meatballs. It’s a good thing I doubled the recipe! 😉
With the leftover meatballs, the next day, I threw them in the crock pot with a jar of marinara until they were warmed and we made meatball subs. Needless to say, my family ate good last weekend 😉 Give these White Cheddar Meatballs a try!
- 1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs
- 1 Tablespoon oil
- 1 medium chopped onion
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1/2 cup barbecue sauce, divided
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 2 tablespoons grated fresh Parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 3 ounces white cheddar cheese, diced
- 1-1/2 pounds ground chuck
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
Preheat oven to 375° F.
Heat skillet over medium-high heat. Add breadcrumbs;and cook until toasted, stirring nonstop to keep from burning. Remove to large mixing bowl.
Wipe out skillet and add oil. Heat over medium-high heat. Add onions and saute until browned and softened. Add garlic and saute for another minute.
Combine all ingredients, reserving 1/4 cup barbecue sauce to brush on tops.
Shape into meatballs. We like our meatballs bite sized, so I made around 30 out of this amount of mixture. Place on foil-lined baking sheet coated with cooking spray; spread remaining barbecue sauce over each meatball. Bake at 375° F for 25 minutes or until done. Enjoy!