Spicy Cheesy Meatball Poppers

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Spicy Cheesy Meatball Poppers blend the best of both worlds, combining juicy, flavorful meatballs with the spicy, cheesy goodness of jalapeno poppers. These meatball delights, packed with creamy filling and encased in a savory meat mixture, are baked to perfection, making them the ultimate appetizer for any occasion.

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Spicy Cheesy Meatball Poppers

Crafting the Perfect Filling and Meatball Mixture

  • Filling Components: Dive into the classic jalapeno popper filling, melding together Monterey Jack cheese, softened cream cheese, diced jalapeno peppers, crispy bacon, and a touch of garlic for a burst of flavor.
  • Meatball Mix: A hearty mix of ground beef and ground pork forms the base of the meatballs, enriched with Parmesan cheese, fresh parsley, and seasonings, bound together with egg, milk, and breadcrumbs for the perfect texture.

Spicy Cheesy Meatball Poppers

Preparation Tips for Success

  1. Chill the Filling: To ensure the filling stays intact during baking, form it into small balls and freeze for about 20-30 minutes.
  2. Forming Meatballs: Create a pocket in each meatball for the filling, then carefully enclose the chilled filling inside, rolling each meatball to seal it well.

Spicy Cheesy Meatball Poppers

Advanced Prep and Cooking Options

  • Make-Ahead: Prepare and shape the meatballs ahead of time, then freeze until you’re ready to bake. Thaw in the refrigerator before filling and baking.
  • Air Fryer Method: For quicker cooking and a crispier finish, cook the meatball poppers in an air fryer at 350°F (175°C) for about 10 minutes.

Spicy Cheesy Meatball Poppers

Storing and Serving Suggestions

Enjoy these meatball poppers hot from the oven, ideally with a side of cooling ranch dressing. Store leftovers in the fridge and reheat in the oven or air fryer for best results.

Spicy Cheesy Meatball Poppers

Ingredients for Meatball Poppers

Jalapeno Popper Filling:

  • 1 cup (113g) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 4 ounces (113g) softened cream cheese
  • 3 medium jalapenos, deseeded and diced
  • 6 slices (100g) cooked and crumbled bacon
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic

Meatball Mixture:

  • 1 pound (454g) ground beef
  • 1 pound (454g) ground pork
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup (50g) grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • Seasonings: 2 teaspoons kosher salt, ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup (120ml) whole milk
  • ½ cup (54g) plain breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ¼ cup (40g) finely chopped yellow onion

Step-by-Step Preparation

  1. Prepare the Filling: Mix cheeses, jalapenos, bacon, and garlic. Form small balls and freeze on a baking sheet for 20-30 minutes.
  2. Mix Meatball Ingredients: Combine meats, egg, Parmesan, parsley, seasonings, milk mixture, breadcrumbs, garlic, and onion.
  3. Assemble Meatballs: Form the meat mixture into balls, create a pocket for the filling, enclose the filling, and seal.
  4. Bake: Arrange on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 350°F (175°C) for 25-28 minutes until browned and cooked through.

Spicy Cheesy Meatball Poppers are a delightful appetizer that marries the heat of jalapeno poppers with the heartiness of meatballs, making them a surefire hit for any gathering or a delicious treat for a cozy night in.

Spicy Cheesy Meatball Poppers

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