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Have you been looking for an easy way to turn your favorite sausage into a delicious dinner? Then this how to cook sausage in the air fryer recipe is just right for you. This is perfect for your favorite pre-cooked sausages. This air fryer cooking method is one of the easiest ways to make a perfectly brown, crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside sausage link. It only takes 12 minutes to make air fryer sausages and the best part they cook hands off. This is simply the best way to cook sausage, since it takes less time and the sausage links come out perfect each time.

cooked sausage on a piece of paper with a bowl of mustard
cooked sausages with mustard

Ingredients

You may have all of these ingredients for this air fryer sausage recipe in your refrigerator or pantry and not need to make a trip to the local grocery store! If this is your first time making these sausages in the air fryer you might want to read the possible variations before deciding on your ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb sausage (4 links, raw in casing)

Variations and Substitutions

Sausage: You can cook any kind of delicious sausages in the air fryer, such as pork sausage, chicken sausage, turkey sausage, sweet Italian sausage, or breakfast sausage, for example.

WHAT TO MAKE NEXT: If you love this easy sausage recipe, try our Sausage Breakfast Pizza. Made with pizza dough, your favorite pizza sauce, cheese, sausage, and egg, this is the perfect weekend brunch recipe. 

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Air Fryer – This recipe requires an air fryer. We have both this Cosori air fryer, which is wonderful, and this Cuisinart Air Fryer, which we also love. The Cuisinart also has convection oven and toaster oven capacity. You can buy an air fryer with a basket with high sides that food goes into or a tray type of machine. The trays are shallow but are usually longer and can accomodate more food in a single layer.

Stef says….

I love cooking sausages in the air fryer, because it is quick, hands off and therefore perfect for busy weeknights.

Instructions

This section shows how to cook sausages in the air fryer, with step-by-step photos and details about the technique. For full step-by-step instructions, photos and nutritional information see the recipe in the recipe card below.

PREPARE: Firstly, spray the air fryer basket or tray with non-stick cooking spray. Then place the raw sausages in the basket or on the rack leaving space between the links. Do not overcrowd. In case your air fryer is not large enough, air fry uncooked sausages in batches.

COOK: Cook sausages for 8-10 minutes at 400°F. Then, flip the sausage, and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees on a meat thermometer.

SERVE: Finally, remove from the air fryer. Serve.

WHAT TO MAKE NEXT: If you love everything sausage then you’ll love our Rotel Dip with Sausage. You only need 3 ingredients to make this super easy, cheesy and absolutely delicious dip.

Recipe Tips

Follow these tips to make the best air fryer sausage link recipe.

  • Tip: Make sure not to pierce the skin of the sausage before cooking, otherwise juices will escape during cooking making the sausage dry.
  • Tip: Add sausages in a single layer and make sure they are not touching. That way the hot air can circulate properly. For best results flip them once during air frying.
  • Tip: Add air fryer parchment paper to the air fryer basket to avoid smoke production, in case there are some drippings.
  • Tip: Make sure to adjust cook time depending on the size of the sausages and the thickness of the sausages.

How To Store

Refrigerate: Let easy air fryer sausages cool completely, before transfering them to an airtight container or ziploc bag. Additionally you can put the sausages on a clean plate and cover them with aluminum foil. Then store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Freeze: You can freeze cooked juicy air fryer sausage in an airtight, freezer safe container or freezer bag for up to 3 months.

Defrosting: Thaw in the fridge overnight.

How To Reheat

Reheat in the microwave or in the air fryer for a couple of minutes until heated through.

four cooked sausages in an air fryer basket

Common Questions

How do I know when my sausages are cooked through?

The best way to check if your sausage links are done is with a meat thermometer. After reaching an internal temperature of 160 degrees f, your sausages are safe to eat.

How long do sausages need to cook with the air fryer method?

The length of cooking time depends on what type of sausage you are cooking. Thin sausages generally take 8-10 minutes to cook, while thicker sausages need 10-12 minutes in the air fryer.

How do I use parchment paper in the air fryer?

It is very important to use proper parchment paper and not wax paper. You can either use specially made air fryer parchment paper liners or make your own out of regular parchment paper. 

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How to Cook Sausages in the Air Fryer

Perfectly cooked sausages that are quick and easy to make in the air fryer.
Course breakfast, Main Dish
Cuisine American
Diet Gluten Free, Low Lactose
Keyword air fryer sausage, how to cook sausage in the air fryer, sausage in air fryer, sausage links in air fryer
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 345kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 lb sausage 4 links, raw in casing

Instructions

  • Spray air fryer basket or tray with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Place the sausage in the basket or on the rack leaving space between the links. Do not overcrowd. If your air fryer is not large enough, cook in batches.
    raw sausages in the air fryer
  • Cook the sausage for 8 minutes at 400°F. Flip the sausage, and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees on an instant read thermometer.
    cooked sausages in the air fryer
  • Remove from the air fryer. Serve.
    cooked sausages with mustard

Notes

How To Store
Refrigerate: Let easy air fryer sausages cool completely, before transfering them to an airtight container or ziploc bag. Additionally you can put the sausages on a clean plate and cover them with aluminum foil. Then store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Freeze: You can freeze cooked juicy air fryer sausage in an airtight, freezer safe container or freezer bag for up to 3 months.
Defrosting: Thaw in the fridge overnight.
How To Reheat
Reheat in the microwave or in the air fryer for a couple of minutes until heated through.

Nutrition

Calories: 345kcal | Protein: 17g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 721mg | Potassium: 281mg | Vitamin A: 85IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg

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The Best Crispy Chicken Legs Recipe in the Air Fryer https://familydinners.com/air-fryer-chicken-legs/ https://familydinners.com/air-fryer-chicken-legs/#respond Mon, 14 Nov 2022 21:05:53 +0000 https://familydinners.com/?p=18736 This air fryer chicken legs recipe is an easy recipe for busy weeknights. It only uses simple ingredients and the best part,

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This air fryer chicken legs recipe is an easy recipe for busy weeknights. It only uses simple ingredients and the best part, it only needs 5 minutes of prep time. Even though it is a simple recipe, it cooks to perfection in the air fryer. Extra crispy chicken skin on the outside, with tender and juicy meat on the inside. This is one of the best chicken recipes you will ever eat and the whole family will love it.

plate of air fryer chicken legs
Chicken legs in air fryer.
  • Notable: tender meat marinated in a delicious blend of spices with extra crunchy skin
  • Main Ingredients: chicken legs, brown sugar, canola oil, salt, pepper and spices
  • Cooking Method: air fryer
  • Nutrients: good source of protein with 21g per serving
  • Cooking Time: 5 minutes prep time, 1 hour marinating time, 20 minutes cooking time
  • Pairs well with: potato sides, rice, roasted vegetables, salads
  • Diets: keto friendly, gluten free, dairy free
  • Special Equipment Needed: air fryer, ziploc bag, kitchen tongs, instant read thermometer

Ingredients

You may have all of these ingredients for this crispy chicken drumsticks recipe in your refrigerator or pantry and not need to make a trip to the grocery store! If this is your first time making this juicy chicken drumsticks recipe you might want to read the possible variations before deciding on your ingredients.

Air Fryer Chicken Legs Ingredients

  • 6 chicken legs
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground mustard
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp canola oil

Variations and Substitutions

Chicken: You can also make air fryer chicken wings, or substitute chicken breasts or other chicken parts for the drumsticks. However, cooking times may vary.

Oil: Substitute avocado oil for the canola oil.

WHAT TO MAKE NEXT: If you loved this air fry chicken legs recipe, try Stef’s Southern Fried Chicken. You’ll love it because it comes out juicy and crispy and it only needs a few easy steps and ingredients. 

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Air Fryer – This recipe requires an air fryer. We have both this Cosori air fryer, which is wonderful, and this Cuisinart Air Fryer, which we also love. The Cuisinart also has convection oven and toaster oven capacity. You can buy an air fryer with a basket with high sides that food goes into or a tray type of machine. The trays are shallow but are usually longer and can accomodate more food in a single layer.

Instructions

This section shows how to cook juicy chicken legs in the air fryer, with step-by-step photos and details about the technique. For full step-by-step instructions, photos and nutritional information see the recipe in the recipe card below.

PREPARE: Firstly, rinse drumsticks under some cold water and pat them dry with a paper towel.

MARINATE: Then add all dry ingredients to a large zip top bag and shake to mix well. Add raw chicken and oil to the spice mixture and shake until the whole chicken is coated. Afterwards, let chicken marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, or up to 24 hours. Alternatively, you can use a large bowl to marinate the chicken as well.

COOK: Spray air fryer basket with non-stick cooking spray. Then, add chicken to the air fryer in a single layer and cook at 380°F for 20-25 minutes, turning chicken halfway through.

SERVE: Using a digital meat thermometer, make sure the internal temperature of these crispy chicken legs has reached at least 165 degrees F before serving.

WHAT TO MAKE NEXT: In case your children don’t like eating drumsticks, combine this easy weeknight meal with a batch of Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets. They are crispy and golden brown on the outside and tender on the inside.

Make Ahead

You can in fact prepare the marinade and coat the chicken up to 24 hours before cooking. The meat will be even more delicious with a couple of extra hours in the marinade. However, we do not recommend cooking the drumsticks ahead of time. They are best with extra crispy skin right out of the air fryer.

Oven Baked Chicken Legs

In case you do not own an air fryer you can also make this scrumptious and easy dinner recipe in the oven. Simply preheat the oven to 400ºF. Then place the marinated chicken legs on a lined baking sheet and cook for 40-45 minutes in the oven. Make sure they reach a minimum internal temperature of 165ºF before serving.

Recipe Tips

Follow these tips to make the best chicken drumsticks in air fryer.

  • Tip: Let the chicken legs marinate for at least 1 hour. However, the longer they marinate the more flavorful they will be. You can leave them for up to 24 hours.
  • Tip: Do not crowd the air fryer. Drumsticks should cook in a single layer without touching each other. That way the hot air can circulate properly.
  • Tip: Make sure the internal temperature has reached 165ºF at the thickest part. Even though chicken might look cooked on the outside, it might still be underdone in the middle.

How To Store

Refrigerate: Store air fryer chicken leg leftovers in an airtight container or ziploc bag in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Freeze: Air fry chicken drumsticks are best eaten fresh. However, you can freeze them in an airtight and freezer-safe container or freezer bag for up to 3 months. We do recommend freezing uncooked chicken legs rather than cooked ones.

Defrosting: A great way to defrost is in the refrigerator overnight.

Andrea says….

The air fryer is our favorite way to cook chicken drumsticks. We usually use our Chipotle Chicken Marinade on our drumsticks.

How To Reheat

You can reheat leftover air fryer drumsticks in the microwave or in the air fryer.

close up of crispy chicken legs on a plate

Common Questions

How can I add extra flavor to these crispy air fryer drumsticks?

A great way to add more flavor to meat is by topping it with compound butter. We love our Cilantro Lime Butter and Lemon Butter. Moreover, you can serve a dipping sauce alongside your chicken, such as buffalo sauce or bbq sauce, for example.

Is it Ok to freeze uncooked marinated chicken?

Yes. We actually recommend freezing the chicken raw rather than cooked. When you are ready to cook the meat, let it defrost in the refrigerator overnight and then cook following the recipe instructions.

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The Best Crispy Chicken Legs Recipe in the Air Fryer

Amazingly flavorful chicken marinated in a perfect blend of spices. It combines crunchy skin and juicy meat and goes with all your favorite sides.
Course Appetizer, Main Dish
Cuisine American
Diet Gluten Free, Low Lactose
Keyword air fryer chicken, air fryer drumsticks, cooking chicken legs in air fryer, crispy air fried chicken legs, crispy chicken drumsticks
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Marinade Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 6 sevings
Calories 325kcal

Equipment

  • kitchen tongs
  • instant read thermometer

Ingredients

  • 6 chicken legs
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground mustard
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp canola oil

Instructions

  • Rinse drumsticks under some cold water and pat dry with paper towel.
  • Add all dry ingredients to a large zip top bag and shake to mix well. Add chicken to bag with oil and shake until all the chicken is coated.
    all marinade ingredients in a mixing bowl
  • Let chicken marinate in refrigerator for at least 1 hour, up to 24 hours.
    raw chicken legs covered in marinade
  • Spray air fryer with non-stick cooking spray. Add chicken to the air fryer and cook at 380°F for 20-22 minutes, turning chicken halfway through.
    raw chicken legs in the air fryer
  • Make sure the internal temperature of the chicken has reached at least 165°F before serving.
    cooked chicken legs in the air fryer basket

Notes

How To Store
Refrigerate: Store air fryer chicken leg leftovers in an airtight container or ziploc bag in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Freeze: Air fry chicken drumsticks are best eaten fresh. However, you can freeze them in an airtight and freezer-safe container or freezer bag for up to 3 months. We do recommend freezing uncooked chicken legs rather than cooked ones.
Defrosting: A great way to defrost is in the refrigerator overnight.
How To Reheat
You can reheat leftover air fryer drumsticks in the microwave or in the air fryer.
More Chicken Recipes

Nutrition

Calories: 325kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 120mg | Sodium: 498mg | Potassium: 293mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 318IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg

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If you want to surprise your favorite chocolate lover with some homemade candy, then you must try our amazing mint chocolate truffles recipe. These decadent, melt in your mouth dark chocolate truffles are flavored with peppermint extract and covered in white and dark chocolate. For a quicker finish you can also roll them in cocoa powder.

These scrumptious little treats are the perfect after dinner dessert, but can also be served at parties or wrapped in a decorative box and given as a gift. Since our Andes mint truffles are both vegetarian and gluten free, they can be enjoyed by most everyone.

Even though these white and dark chocolate mint truffles taste incredible on any day of the year, they can also easily be decorated to match most holidays by adding color to your white chocolate and topping them with colorful sprinkles.

chocolate mint truffles
  • Notable: decadent, easy to make truffles with just the right hint of peppermint flavor, that make great gifts for the holiday season
  • Main Ingredients: dark chocolate, heavy whipping cream, peppermint extract, Andes mints, dark and white chocolate melting wafers
  • Cooking Method: no bake
  • Cooking Time: 45 minutes prep time, 2 ½ hours chilling time
  • Diets: gluten free, vegetarian
  • Special Equipment Needed: sheet pan lined with parchment paper, cookie scoop or melon baller, mixing bowls, piping bag

Ingredients

You may have all of these ingredients for this Andes mint truffles recipe in your refrigerator or pantry and not need to make a trip to the grocery store! If this is your first time making this easy truffle recipe you might want to read the possible variations before deciding on your ingredients.

Mint Chocolate Truffles Ingredients

  • 2 (4 oz) dark chocolate bars (chopped)
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ tsp peppermint extract
  • 12 Andes mints
  • 10 oz bag dark chocolate melting wafers (we like Ghiradelli)
  • 10 oz bag white chocolate melting wafers or chips

Variations and Substitutions

Dark Chocolate: Any kind of semi sweet or bittersweet chocolate bar works well here. Even though good chocolate bars usually guarantee a smoother chocolate ganache, mini chocolate chips can be used here in a pinch.

Heavy Cream: Heavy cream, heavy whipping cream or double cream work well to make ganache. Do not substitute half and half or your ganache won’t set properly.

ingredients for mint chocolate truffles

WHAT TO MAKE NEXT: If you love this homemade truffles recipe, try our Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles. These chocolate truffles are rich on the outside and filled with a creamy peanut butter ganache inside, making them the perfect bite-sized dessert.

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Melon Baller — A melon baller scoop makes uniform truffles. You don’t need one but it’s a handy tool to use. A small cookie scoop would work great as well.

Instructions

This section shows how to make peppermint chocolate truffles, with step-by-step photos and details about the technique. For full step-by-step instructions, photos and nutritional information see the recipe in the recipe card below.

CHOP THE CHOCOLATE: Firstly, chop the dark chocolate bars and place the chocolate pieces in a small heatproof bowl.

HEAT THE CREAM: Simmer the cream in a small saucepan over medium heat, just until it comes to a boil. You can also microwave the heavy cream in a microwavable bowl just until simmering. Then pour the hot cream over the chopped chocolate and cover with a plate to trap the heat.

WHISK UNTIL SMOOTH: Once the chocolate is melted (about 5-7 minutes) whisk the chocolate mixture until it turns into a glossy chocolate ganache. If needed, microwave the mixture for a few seconds at a time and stir until smooth if some of the chocolate has not melted all the way.

ADD PEPPERMINT EXTRACT AND CHILL: Then add peppermint extract, whisk the truffle mixture until smooth, and then place the ganache in the refrigerator or freezer for about 2 hours to firm up.

SHAPE TRUFFLES: Afterwards, scoop tablespoons of the firm chocolate ganache. Then roll the ganache between your hands to form round chocolate balls. Place the formed truffles onto a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes longer.

COVER WITH CHOCOLATE WAFERS: Meanwhile, melt the dark and white chocolate melting wafers in 2 separate bowls. Then set a truffle onto a fork (do not stab with the fork). Dip one truffle at a time into the melted chocolate, coating on all sides, then lifting from the chocolate. Tap the fork gently to shake off excess chocolate and then set on a sheet of parchment paper. Coat half the truffles with dark chocolate and half of them with white chocolate. Allow hard chocolate shell to set.

DECORATE: Transfer the remaining melted chocolate into a small ziploc bag or piping bag. Snip off the corner of the bag and drizzle melted chocolate over the tops of the set truffles. Chop Andes Mints into small pieces. Place a few pieces on top of each truffle to decorate.

WHAT TO MAKE NEXT: If you love these decadent chocolate mint truffles then you’ll love our Easy Chocolate Truffles. They are extra chocolatey from the homemade ganache and are dipped into your favorite melted chocolate.

Make Ahead

You can refrigerate the truffles ahead and coat them on the day you want to serve them. However, you can also finish the truffles completely and store them in the fridge for up to 3 days before serving.

Recipe Tips

Follow these tips to make the best mint chocolate truffles.

  • Tip: Choose good quality chocolate. You can make truffles with any chocolate but we think they taste better when you start with good chocolate.
  • Tip: Be careful with the heavy cream. Cooking the heavy cream at too high of a temperature or for too long can cause it to scald.
  • Tip: A little mint goes a long way. If you’re used to using extracts like vanilla, you may play a little fast and loose with measurements. Mint can be very overpowering if you add too much so make sure you measure.
  • Tip: Microwave the chocolate candy melts for the outer coat in 20-30 second increments, stirring in between. When there are just a few bit unmelted, stop microwaving and stir until it’s all melted. Do not add water to your chocolate melts because it will cause the chocolate to seize up and not be usable.

More Mint and Chocolate Recipes

Mint and chocolate are such a match made in heaven, and there are loads of mouthwatering desserts with this yummy flavor combination. Not only do we love mint chocolate truffles by themselves, we also love them as molten centers of our Chocolate Mint Muffins. Moreover, Andrea’s Peppermint Bark, Mint Oreo Cookie Ice Cream and Layered Chocolate Peppermint Fudge are also to die for.

How To Store

Refrigerate: Store your homemade chocolate truffles in an airtight container or ziploc bag in the fridge for 2 to 3 days.

Freeze: Try freezing your peppermint truffles in a single layer first (on a plate or cutting board). As soon as they are solid you can transfer them to a freezer safe container or bag. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Use parchment or freezer paper if needed between layers to keep them from sticking together.

Defrosting: Allow frozen truffles to thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

Andrea says….

These are super simple to make and include my favorite flavor combination. You really can’t beat chocolate and mint. If you love it too you’ll want to make this easy no-bake chocolate mint pie.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is it ok to use half and half for this chocolate truffle recipe?

Unfortunately half and half cannot be used to make truffles. Heavy cream, heavy whipping cream or double cream work well to make ganache. If you substitute half and half your ganache won’t set properly.

Can my ganache chill in the fridge overnight?

It sure can! You can easily make the ganache the day before you roll, coat and decorate your truffles. Do not store the ganache in the freezer overnight, because you won’t be able to roll frozen solid ganache.

How can I dress up these truffle balls for a special holiday?

For Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day, add some red or pink food coloring to your white chocolate and sprinkle with red and pink sprinkles.
On St. Patrick’s Day you can dye your white chocolate green and top your truffles with green sprinkles.
Top your truffles with red, white and blue chocolate drizzle for Independence day and add some star sprinkles.
To give these Andes truffles a christmasy twist, top them with some crushed candy canes.


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Easy Mint Chocolate Truffles Recipe

Covered with a thin layer of dark or white chocolate, these silky chocolate mint truffles have just the right amout of mint flavor to make them absolutely irresistable.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, vegetarian
Keyword andes mint truffle, chocolate mint truffle, chocolate truffles, mint ganache, peppermint truffle
Prep Time 45 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 12 truffles
Calories 220kcal

Equipment

  • knife and cutting board
  • small bowls
  • small saucepan
  • plate
  • whisk
  • scoop or melon baller
  • sheet pan lined with parchment paper
  • fork
  • ziplock bag or piping bag

Ingredients

  • 2 4oz dark chocolate bars chopped
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ tsp peppermint extract
  • 12 Andes Mints
  • 10 oz dark chocolate melting wafers we like Ghirardelli
  • 10 oz white chocolate melting wafers or chips

Instructions

  • Place chopped dark chocolate pieces in a small heat-proof bowl.
  • Simmer the cream in a small saucepan, heating just until it comes to a boil.
    whisking cream on the stove
  • Pour the hot cream over the chopped chocolate.
    hot cream over chocolate in a bowl
  • Put a large plate or lid over the bowl to trap the heat. This will melt the chocolate.
    plate over bowl
  • Once chocolate is melted (about 5-7 minutes) add peppermint extract.
    mint poured into ganache
  • Whisk chocolate/cream mixture until it turns into a glossy chocolate ganache. If needed, microwave the mixture for a few seconds at a time and stir until smooth if some of the chocolate has not melted all the way.
    mixed ganache in bowl
  • Place the ganache in the refrigerator or freezer for about 2 hours to firm up.
  • Scoop tablespoons of the firm chocolate ganache and roll it between your hands to form round balls.
    small melon ball scoop scooping ganache
  • Place the formed truffles onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Put the truffle balls back into the refrigerator to chill for at least 30 minutes longer.
    ball of mint truffle on hand
  • Meanwhile, melt the dark and white chocolate melting wafers in 2 separate bowls.
  • Microwave each bowl for 30 seconds at a time, stirring between each interval, until smooth and melted through.
  • Set a truffle onto a fork (do not stab with the fork). Dip one truffle at a time into the melted chocolate, coating on all sides, then lifting from the chocolate.
    truffle dipped in white chocolate
  • Tap the fork gently to shake off excess chocolate and then set on a sheet of parchment paper.
    white chocolate dipped mint truffle
  • Coat half the truffles with dark chocolate and half of them with white chocolate.
    white and chocolate dipped truffles
  • Allow chocolate to set.
  • Transfer the remaining melted chocolate into a small ziploc bag or piping bag. Snip off the corner of the bag and drizzle melted chocolate over the tops of the set truffles.
    chocolate drizzled on truffles
  • Chop Andes Mints into small pieces. Place a few pieces on top of each truffle to decorate.
    knife cutting mints

Notes

The ganache can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 1 month before rolling it into truffles. 
 
Melting wafers need to be heated slowly and stirred frequently. Stop heating when there are just a few small chunks of chocolate left in the mixture. Then stir until they melt completely. 
 
You can reheat the melting wafers if the mixture becomes too thick while dipping the truffles. 
 
Do not get any water in the melting wafters or they will seize up. 

Nutrition

Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 35mg | Potassium: 78mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 153IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 1mg

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Meatball Stuffed Biscuits https://familydinners.com/meatball-sub-bombs/ https://familydinners.com/meatball-sub-bombs/#comments Sun, 13 Nov 2022 07:06:00 +0000 https://familydinners.com/?p=4364 Deliciously easy snack or meal. Use refrigerator biscuit dough to make these pull apart cheesy meatball bombs.

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This easy recipe for mozzarella and meatball stuffed biscuits comes out absolutely delicious and can be baked in the oven or air fryer. Flaky layer biscuits are stuffed with juicy meatballs and melty cheese before being topped with a flavorful mixture of Italian herbs, garlic and salt. Serve these warm biscuits with meaty centers as a scrumptious appetizer, game day snack or fun weeknight dinner. For best flavor, dip these homemade biscuit bites into warm marinara sauce. Everyone will love this tasty crowd pleaser.

cheesy meatball stuffed biscuits in a pie dish with bowl of marinara
cheesy meatball stuffed biscuits in a pie dish with bowl of marinara
  • Notable: fluffy biscuits filled with gooey melted cheese and tender meatballs, they are soft, flaky and most flavorful
  • Main Ingredients: canned biscuit dough, cooked meatballs, mozzarella cheese, olive oil, parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, garlic salt
  • Cooking Method: oven baked
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes prep time, 20 minutes cook time
  • Pairs well with: fresh green salad, pasta salad, warm marinara sauce, fries
  • Special Equipment Needed: pie pan, knife and cutting board, pastry brush

Ingredients

You may have all of these ingredients for this meatball stuffed biscuits recipe in your refrigerator or pantry and not need to make a trip to the grocery store! If this is your first time making these garlicy biscuits with meatballs you might want to read the possible variations before deciding on your ingredients.

Meatball Stuffed Biscuits Ingredients

Substitutions

Meatballs: Use one of our favorite meatball recipes: Italian Style Meatballs, Chicken Meatballs, Air Fryer Meatballs, Turkey Meatballs, Buffalo Chicken Meatballs. A bag of ready-made meatballs works in a pinch.

Mozzarella: Use fresh low moisture mozzarella cheese, such as cut up sticks of string cheese, thick deli slices mozzarella, or shredded mozzarella.

Biscuits: We like Grands by Pillsbury, however, any kind of refrigerated canned biscuits should work fine. In case you don’t have any canned biscuits at hand, you can also use refrigerated canned crescent dough or pizza dough.

Possible Variations

Add Veggies: Use your favorite vegetables like onions, black olives, mushrooms, or spinach.

Swap Cheeses: Provolone or swiss cheese would pair well.

ingredients needed to make mozzarella meatball sub bites

WHAT TO MAKE NEXT: If you love this delicious mini meatball sandwich recipe, try our Meatball Calzones. You’ll love them because they are so easy to make and ready in no time. Switch up the pizza toppings and you’ll never eat the same version twice!

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Pie Pan — We are using a 9inch pie plate for this recipe. However, a square baking dish would work well too. Make sure to grease the baking dish with butter, oil, or cooking spray. If you don’t want to grease the pan, you could cut out a round sheet of parchment paper.

Instructions

This section shows how to cook meatball stuffed biscuits in the oven, with step-by-step photos and details about the technique. For full step-by-step instructions, photos and nutritional information see the recipe in the recipe card below.

PREPARE: Firstly, heat oven to 350ºF, then grease the bottom of a 9 inch pie dish using butter or non stick cooking spray.

SHAPE THE BISCUIT DOUGH: Open the canned biscuits, separate dough and cut each one in half. Then roll each half into a ball, and flatten it into a small circle.

ADD MOZZARELLA AND MEATBALL: Afterwards, place a piece of cheese and one delicious meatball into the center of each biscuit circle.

COVER AND ROLL BISCUITS: Pull the sides of the dough up and wrap dough around the cheese and juicy meatball. Roll each biscuit bite between your hands until it’s round.

PLACE IN DISH: Place each dough ball seam-side down in the greased baking dish. Afterward, brush biscuits with olive oil, if you like, before sprinkling the tops with parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, and garlic salt.

COOK: Bake for 20 minutes until the tops are golden brown. Finally, brush the tops with olive oil and serve with a cup marinara sauce!

WHAT TO MAKE NEXT: If you love juicy meatballs with melty cheese then you’ll love our Hawaiian Roll Meatball Sliders. These chicken meatball sliders are great for game day appetizers or a quick and easy weeknight dinner.

Make Ahead

You can prepare these yummy biscuit bites a couple of hours ahead of time. (Follow steps 1-7 of the recipe.) Then cover tightly in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator. That way there wont be any prep time left by the time you are ready to bake them, and dinner is ready in only 15 minutes.

Air Fryer Cooking Method

You can also cook your stuffed biscuits in the air fryer. Simply place meatball biscuit bites into the air fryer basket in a single layer so they are not touching. You might have to do two sets, depending on the size of your air fryer. Cook in the air fryer at 350ºF for 5-6 minutes. Remove from air fryer when the tops are a deep golden brown and they are baked through. See our Air Fryer 3 Cheese Bites, Air Fryer Pizza Bites or Air Fryer Breakfast Bites.

Andrea says….

These flaky biscuits are super easy. I like to make them ahead and store them in the fridge so when we’re ready to eat we just pop them into the oven. I love to add a little green side salad to make it a meal.

Recipe Tips

Follow these tips to make the best mozzarella and meatball biscuit bites.

  • Tip: For best flavor, use your own homemade meatballs. For sake of ease, you can also use your favorite pre-made meatballs as well.
  • Tip: Make sure the biscuits are closed up so they don’t open and leak cheese all over. 
  • Tip: Baste with melted butter, garlic butter or olive oil so the tops don’t dry out.

STORAGE TIPS

Refrigerate: Keep meatball sub bites in an airtight container or Ziploc bag in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Freeze: Once they have cooled completely, place the meatball stuffed biscuits in a freezer safe container or freezer bag and freeze for 2 months.

Defrosting: Allow them to thaw in the refrigerator overnight or at room temperature.

How To Reheat

To reheat, place them back in the oven, air fryer, or microwave and heat until they are warmed all of the way through.

Common Questions

Are meatball stuffed biscuits gluten free?

For these to be gluten free, you would want to be sure you use a gluten free dough. Also, if you are making your own meatballs and are using breadcrumbs, those need to be gluten free as well.

What goes good with meatball subs?

Meatball stuffed little biscuits are in fact one of those foods that you could eat with just about anything. From salads, chips, and fries, to a side of veggies the choices are endless.

What are the best meatballs to use?

We like using our homemade meatballs, but this is a personal preference based on taste and the amount of time you have. We’ve made them from ground beef, pork, and chicken; all which turned out delicious!

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Meatball Stuffed Biscuits Recipe

Mozzarella meatball biscuit balls are the best appetizer for parties and game days. They are also simple to make, which makes them an easy weeknight dinner idea.
Course Appetizer, Main Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword biscuits stuffed with mozzarella and meatballs, meatball biscuits, meatball stuffed biscuits, mozzarella and meatball biscuit bites
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 16 biscuit bites
Calories 116kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 can Grands Biscuit Dough
  • 16 cooked meatballs
  • 16 cubes of mozzarella
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons grated parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Grease the bottom of a 9 inch pie dish.
  • Separate the biscuits. Cut in half. Roll each half into a ball then, using your hands, flatten them into rounds.
    biscuit flattened out on hand
  • Place a piece of mozzarella and a meatball in the center of the round.
    meatball on top of cheese on top of biscuit
  • Use your hands to pull the biscuit dough up to cover entire meatball. Seal the seams and roll the ball in your hands to make it round.
    meatball stuffed biscuit ball on hand
  • Place in the pie dish.
    cheesy stuffed meatball biscuits in a pie tin
  • Sprinkle each bomb with some grated parmesan, Italian seasoning and garlic salt.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes until each bomb is golden brown.
    cooked meatball stuffed biscuits
  • Brush tops with olive oil. Serve with marinara sauce.

Notes

  • For the mozzarella, use fresh mozzarella, cut up mozzarella string cheese or shredded mozzarella.
  • Optional: brush tops of bombs with olive oil before sprinkling with seasoning before cooking.
  • Use any type of meatball you enjoy.

Nutrition

Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 105mg | Potassium: 42mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 6IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 107mg | Iron: 1mg

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Nobody can resist this oven baked apple and blackberry dessert. It’s bursting with sweet, tart flavor and topped with a buttery crumble (crisp) topping. It’s the perfect dessert for summer or fall, and a lighter alternative to cake. This recipe uses apples and blackberries, but you can use any fresh or frozen fruits you like. Serve it with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream and you’ve got a divine dessert.

Plate of apple and blackberry crumble with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
  • Notable: sweet, juicy and tender apples and blackberries with a crisp crumble topping
  • Main Ingredients: apples, blackberries, lemon juice, unsalted butter, all-purpose flour, vanilla extract, sugar, cinnamon, oats, brown sugar and baking powder
  • Cooking Method: oven baked
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes prep time, 45 minutes baking time
  • Pairs well with: vanilla ice cream, whipped cream
  • Diets: vegetarian
  • Special Equipment Needed: 9×13-inch baking dish, pastry blender, apple slicer, mixing bowls, measuring cups and spoons, knife and cutting board

Ingredients

You may have all of these ingredients for this apple blackberry crumble in your refrigerator or pantry and not need to make a trip to the grocery store! If this is your first time making this simple apple and blackberry crisp with oats recipe you might want to read the possible variations before deciding on your ingredients.

Apple and Blackberry Filling Ingredients

  • 4 cups fresh apples (peeled, cored and sliced)
  • 2 cups fresh blackberries
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter (melted)
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
    • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon

Crumble Topping Ingredients

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup oats
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup unsalted butter (cut into small chunks)

Variations and Substitutions

Apples: You can use gala apples, fuji apples, pink lady apples, granny smith apples, or bramley apples for this fruit crisp recipe. The thinner you slice your apples, the softer they’ll be when cooked. If you like your apples a little harder in your crumbles, slice your apples thicker.

Blackberries: You can use fresh or frozen frozen blackberries. You can also substitute or add in raspberries. If using frozen blackberries, defrost and drain before using. Pat dry with a paper towel.

Oats: We prefer the extra chew and texture of old-fashioned rolled oats but instant oats will do just fine.

TRY OTHER FRUITS: There are a million different fruits you could use for this crumble. Don’t be afraid to get creative. Strawberry, rhubarb, cherries, pears, mangoes, pineapple and more. There is no wrong fruit. Go ahead and create your personalized crumble with your favorite fruits.

ADD HERBS: For a more complex flavor, consider combinations like strawberries with thyme, rosemary or basil; pineapple and basil; apples and pears with rosemary.

Table containing each of the ingredients required to make blackberry and apple crumble.

WHAT TO MAKE NEXT: If you love juicy blackberries, try our Blackberry Dump Cake. This scrumptious dessert combines summer blackberries with a cake and oat cobbler-like topping that is just to die for.

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Baking dish — We love using this glass baking dish for this delicious dessert as it cooks food evenly, you can easily see the food while it cooks and it also looks good as a serving dish.

Instructions

This section shows how to cook apple and blackberry crumble in the oven, with step-by-step photos and details about the technique. For full step-by-step instructions, photos and nutritional information see the recipe in the recipe card below.

PREPARE: Firstly, preheat the oven to 375°F and lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish.

MAKE FRUIT FILLING: In a large bowl, toss apple slices with lemon juice. Then add filling ingredients to the baking dish and lightly toss together to combine.

MAKE TOPPING: Afterwards, mix the dry ingredients for the topping together, in a medium bowl. Using a pastry blender or two forks, combine ingredients until the butter is in small crumbles. Then sprinkle topping on top of the berry and apple mixture.

BAKE: Bake for 40-45 minutes, until the topping is a light golden brown and the filling is bubbling throughout.

COOL: Finally, remove from the oven and let cool 15 minutes before serving. Then serve with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream.

WHAT TO MAKE NEXT: Apples and blackberries not only taste wonderful in easy dessert recipes, but they also make for delicious drinks. Have you tried our Spiked Apple Cider or Blackberry Cocktail?

Make Ahead

In fact, you can do most of the prep work for this scrumptious sweet crumble ahead of time. Simple prepare the fresh fruit filling in the baking dish. Then wrap tightly with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator. Afterwards, prepare the crumble topping in a separate bowl. Then transfer to an airtight container or ziploc bag and store separately in the fridge as well. Apple and blackberry crumble components can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 12 hours before baking. When you are ready to bake, simple add the crisp topping on top of the chopped apples and blackberries and bake.

Stef says….

I just love blackberries! Especially when they are baked into my favorite homemade blackberry muffins. They are moist and fluffy, with a crisp top of cinnamon and sugar. Delicious!

Recipe Tips

Follow these tips to make the best apple and blackberry crumble recipe.

  • Tip: For best flavor use fresh, ripe and in season fruits and berries.
  • Tip: Do not add extra butter to the topping. Even though butter is the key ingredient in the topping, too much of it can make your fruit crisp topping soggy and greasy.
  • Tip: In case you are using frozen fruit, make sure to drain any excess liquid and dry the fruit with a paper towel.

How To Store

Refrigerate: After the blackberry and apple crumble has been baked and cooled, fruit crumble leftovers can be covered in plastic wrap or stored in an airtight container or ziploc bag and refrigerated for about 5 days.

Freeze: After it’s baked and cooled, wrap well in cling wrap and foil to prevent freezer-burn. Additionally you can transfer leftover apple blackberry crisp to a freezer safe container or freezer bag. Freeze the crumble for up to three months.

Defrosting: Defrost your crumble overnight in the fridge or at room temperature for a couple of hours. This works whether the apple crumble is baked or unbaked.

Andrea says….

I’ve been making this for years! It’s always a family favorite. Serve it with my no-churn vanilla bean ice cream.

How To Reheat

Pop easy apple crisp leftovers in the microwave for about 1 minute, in case you prefer it warm.

Common Questions

What is crumble mix made of?

Crumble topping is a simple combination of butter, flour and sugar that gives a crunchy sweetness to any dessert.

What’s the difference between a crisp and a crumble?

Like a crumble, a crisp is a baked fresh fruit dessert, but the topping is made with oats, which crisp during the baking process. Crumble toppings are more dense and cakey.

What kind of fruit is in a crumble?

Just about any seasonal summertime fruits will work in a fruit crumble. Popular choices are blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, apples, peaches, apricots, plums and rhubarb.

Can I use self-raising flour instead of plain flour for crumble?

You can use white or wholewheat flour for a crumble topping, but if all you’ve got is self-raising it doesn’t really make a difference.

How do you make a crumble crumbly?

Butter is the key to getting a crumble topping just right, but the trick is using the right amount. Not enough butter and your topping will be too dry. Too much butter and your topping will be soggy or greasy. One other trick is to add a light dusting of Demerara sugar.

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Apple and Blackberry Crumble Recipe

Delicious mixture of sweet and tart dessert with a crumble topping. Nobody can resist an apple blackberry (crisp) dessert.
Course breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Diet Vegetarian
Keyword apple and blackberry crumble, apple blackberrie pie, apple blackberry crisp, apple blackberry crisp with oats, fruit crumble
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Cooling Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 288kcal

Equipment

  • 9x13in baking dish
  • pastry blender
  • mixing bowls

Ingredients

Fruit Filling:

  • 4 cups apples peeled, cored and sliced thin
  • 2 cups blackberries
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon

Crumble Topping:

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup oats
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • cup unsalted butter cold and cut into chunks

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 375° F.
  • Grease a 9×13 baking dish or equivalent sized baking dish.
    blackberries and sliced apples arranged in a rectangular glass baking dish,
  • Toss apple slices with the lemon juice as soon as you cut them.
    blackberries and sliced apples covered with filled ingredients.
  • Add all filling ingredients to the baking dish. Gently mix together.
    filling ingredients, sliced apples and blackberries all mixed together in a glass rectangular baking dish.
  • Add topping ingredients to a medium sized bowl.
    topping ingredients added to a clear bowl
  • Use a pastry blender or two forks to combine ingredients. Butter should be in small crumbles when mixed.
    A pastry blender is being used to combine topping ingredients until the butter is in small crumbles.
  • Add topping to the baking dish.
    dry crumble mixture covering the fruit mixture
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes. It is ready to remove from the oven when all the filling is bubbling and the topping is golden brown.
  • Allow to cool for 15 minutes before serving.

Notes

  • We used a combination of sweet (Gala) and tart (Granny Smith) apples. 
  • The thinner you slice your apples, the softer they’ll be when cooked. If you like your apples a little harder in your crumbles, slice your apples thicker.
  • If using frozen blackberries, defrost and drain before using.

Nutrition

Calories: 288kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 35mg | Potassium: 190mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 479IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 1mg

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Easy mozzarella cheese stuffed meatballs are cheesy, tender, and bursting with flavor. We love them as our main course, but you can also make them into sliders, subs, calzones and even serve them with spaghetti noodles and homemade tomato sauce!

These cheesy meatballs make the absolute best entree when you smother them in our homemade marinara sauce. They are oven baked to perfection, but the other reason we really love these is that they take only 35 minutes to make, so time is never an issue. These are one of the best Italian meatballs, and your whole family will love them. Moreover, this cheesy meatballs recipe is usually a game day fave, along with buffalo chicken meatballs.

meatball with mozzarella cheese oozing out of the middle
  • Notable: tender and juicy pork and beef meatballs filled with melty mozzarella pieces, undoubtedly one of our absolute favorite meatball recipes
  • Main Ingredients: ground beef, ground pork (or pork sausage), breadcrumbs, milk, egg, parsley, parmigiano reggiano cheese, garlic, mozzarella cubes and spices
  • Cooking Method: oven baked
  • Nutrients: low carb meatballs that are a good source of protein
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes prep time, 15 minutes cook time
  • Pairs well with: pasta, crusty bread, sandwiches
  • Diets: keto friendly
  • Special Equipment Needed: sheet pan, mixing bowl, measuring cups and spoons, knife and cutting board, cookie scoop, instant read thermometer

Ingredients

You may have all of these ingredients for this easy mozzarella cheese stuffed meatballs recipe in your refrigerator or pantry and not need to make a trip to the grocery store! If this is your first time making these cheesy meatballs you might want to read the possible variations before deciding on your ingredients.

Meatball Ingredients

  • ½ pound lean ground beef
  • ½ pound ground pork (or pork sausage)
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoon parsley (chopped)
  • ¼ cup grated parmigiano reggiano cheese (or parmesan cheese)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 24 mozzarella cubes (4 mozzarella string cheese sticks cut into 6 pieces each)

Variations and Substitutions

Ground Meat: We are using a 1 to 1 ratio of beef and pork. You can substitute pork sausage for the ground pork, or use only beef, if you prefer. You can also substitute ground chicken or ground turkey, in case that is your personal preference.

Breadcrumbs: Regular or panko breadcrumbs will work.

Milk: Any percentage of fat will do. However, if you are using a plant based milk, choose unsweetened.

ingredients needed to make mozzarella stuffed meatballs

WHAT TO MAKE NEXT: If you love this juicy meatball and fresh mozzarella recipe, try our Easy Dump and Bake Meatball Pasta Casserole. You’ll love it because all you have to do is mix the ingredients in a baking dish, cover and bake.

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Baking Sheet We recommend lining the sheet pan with parchment paper, that way the meatballs do not stick to the pan and clean up is quick and easy. If you don’t have parchment paper, you can spray the baking sheet with cooking spray or line it with foil.

Cookie Scoop – Using a cookie scoop helps to ensure each meatball is the same size.

Instructions

This section shows how to cook mozzarella stuffed meatballs in the oven, with step-by-step photos and details about the technique. For full recipe with step-by-step instructions, photos and nutritional information see the recipe in the recipe card below..

PREPARE: Firstly, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 400ºF.

SOFTEN BREADCRUMBS: Then, combine the milk and breadcrumbs in a large bowl and let it sit for 3-5 minutes.

MIX: Afterwards, add the remaining ingredients except for the mozzarella and mix together with your hands.

FORM MEATBALLS: Divide meat mixture into 24 meatballs that are about the same size. Form a flat disk in the palm of your hand with each portion of meatball mixture. Then place a piece of mozzarella cheese in the center of each ball. Fold the meat mixture over the mozzarella ball so that it’s in the middle and the meat is covering it altogether.

COOK: Afterward, sit the meatballs on the baking sheet leaving a couple of inches between each one. Then bake for 15-20 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165ºF.

SERVE: Finally, remove from the oven and serve with pasta, marinara sauce, or your favorite side dish.

WHAT TO MAKE NEXT: If you love meatball sandwiches then you’ll love our Meatball Stuffed Biscuits. They are the perfect appetizer for parties and game days. They are super easy to make, and therefore also an ideal weeknight dinner.

Andrea says….

You cannot beat mozzarella stuffed meatballs. These are good with anything you’d usually put a meatball on. We like to serve them with marinara sauce and this easy green greek salad recipe.

Recipe Tips

Follow these tips to make the best mozzarella meatballs.

  • Tip: Do not overmix meatball ingredients, or otherwise your meatballs will be tough.
  • Tip: The meat mixture will be sticky. We therefore recommend wearing gloves or slightly oiling your hands.
  • Tip: Make sure your meatballs are all approximately the same size. That way they cook evenly. A cookie scoop helps keeping meatball sizes equal.

How To Store

Refrigerate: Let your cheese stuffed meatballs cool completely. Afterwards, you can refrigerate them in an airtight container or ziploc bag in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Freeze: If you plan to freeze the meatballs before eating, undercook them slightly. Then let them cool completely before you transfer them to a freezer safe sealed container or freezer bag. Freeze them for up to 3 months. After they’re defrosted, cook them thoroughly, testing the internal temperature to make sure they’re 165°F.

Defrosting: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

How To Reheat

You can warm fully cooked leftover mozzarella stuffed meatballs in the microwave or in the oven until heated through.

Common Questions

Is it better to bake meatballs or fry?

Baking meatballs doesn’t require oil or butter and you don’t have to constantly watch or stir them compared to frying. Frying can also lead to overcooked meatballs that may not be as tender, however, the cooking method is usually a personal preference.

What is the secret to tender meatballs?

To keep meatballs tender you want to be sure that you don’t overmix the meat mixture and you cook just until the internal temperature is 165 degrees.

Can you freeze mozzarella stuffed meatballs?

You can freeze the stuffed meatballs raw or after they have been cooked. However, if you are going to bake them and immediately freeze before eating, it’s best to undercook them slightly.

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Easy Mozzarella Cheese Stuffed Meatballs Recipe

These cheese stuffed meatballs are oozing with flavor and mozzarella that goes great with spaghetti or a marinara dipping sauce.
Course Appetizer, Main Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword cheese stuffed meatballs, cheesy meatballs, easy mozzarella cheese stuffed meatballs, mozzarella stuffed meatballs
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 24 meatballs
Calories 147kcal

Equipment

  • baking sheet and parchment paper
  • knife and cutting board
  • mixing bowl
  • cookie scoop

Ingredients

  • ½ pound ground beef
  • ½ pound ground pork or pork sausage
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons parsley chopped
  • ¼ cup grated parmigiano reggiano cheese
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 24 mozzarella cubes 4 mozzarella string cheese sticks cut into 6 pieces each

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place parchment paper on your baking sheet.
  • Combine breadcrumbs and milk in a bowl. Let sit for 3-5 minutes to soften breadcrumbs.
    meatball ingredients in a bowl
  • Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl, except mozzarella. Mix together with your hands.
    meatball ingredients mixed together in a bowl
  • Form 24 equal size meatballs.
    melon scooper full of meatball mixture
  • Add a piece of cheese to each meatball. Using your hands, make sure meat is surrounding the cheese. Roll in your hands to make a round, uniform shape.
    hand holding a flattened meat patty with a cube of cheese in middle
  • Place meatballs on your baking sheet.
    baking sheet with 3 rows of 5 meatballs
  • Cook for 15-18 minutes. Meatballs will be done when they reach an internal temperature of 165°F.
    cooked meatballs on baking sheet
  • Remove from the oven and enjoy.
    white oval dish with mozzarella stuffed meatballs and marinara sauce

Notes

  • It can be helpful to use gloves or oil your hands before forming meatballs to prevent them from sticking to your hands.
  • If you plan to freeze the meatballs before eating, undercook them. After they’re defrosted, cook them thoroughly, testing the internal temperature to make sure they’re 165°F.
  • You can refrigerate meatballs in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
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Nutrition

Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 317mg | Potassium: 69mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1mg

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Crockpot Ham and Bean Soup Recipe https://familydinners.com/crockpot-ham-and-bean-soup-recipe/ https://familydinners.com/crockpot-ham-and-bean-soup-recipe/#respond Thu, 10 Nov 2022 01:18:18 +0000 https://familydinners.com/?p=18512 Easy to make slow cooker ham and bean soup you can fix and forget.

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In case you are a big fan of soups, then this easy and delicious crockpot ham and bean soup recipe is perfect for you. It comes together in only 5 minutes and cooks to perfection all by itself in the slow cooker. This flavorful soup is packed with ham, white beans, carrots and celery is one of the best homemade soups you will ever eat. Additionally, this ham and beans recipe is the perfect way to put leftover holiday ham or turkey to good use. This soup is a real family favorite in our house and best served with crusty white bread or cornbread.

Bowl of ham and beans soup in front of a crockpot.

What is Slow Cooker Ham and Beans?

This delicious crockpot ham and bean soup recipe combines chicken broth with beans, carrots, celery and diced ham for a flavorful soup that everyone loves. The addition of rosemary, thyme and a hint of garlic make this ham and bean recipe especially irresistible.

Bowl of ham and bean soup.
  • Notable: flavorful soup full of tender ham, beans and vegetables that makes a perfect weeknight dinner
  • Main Ingredients: chicken broth, Great Northern beans, carrots, celery, yellow onion, garlic, ham and spices
  • Cooking Method: Crockpot
  • Nutrients: low in carbohydrates, high in fiber and protein
  • Cooking Time: 5 minutes prep time, 6 hours cooking time
  • Pairs well with: crusty bread, cornbread, garlic bread
  • Diets: gluten free, dairy free
  • Special Equipment Needed: slow cooker, knife and cutting board, ladle
Stef says….

This delicious one-pot soup is perfect for busy weeknight dinner time. Set it in the morning and come home to an amazing home cooked meal.

Ingredients

You may have all of these ingredients for this crockpot ham and bean soup recipe in your refrigerator or pantry and not need to make a trip to the grocery store! If this is your first time making this slow cooker ham and beans you might want to read the possible variations before deciding on your ingredients.

Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup Ingredients

  • 6 cups chicken broth or chicken stock
  • 1 pound dried Great Northern beans (rinsed)
  • 3 large carrots (diced)
  • 3 celery stalks (diced)
  • 1 small yellow onion (diced)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced, 4 teaspoons)
  • ½ tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 large meaty ham bone (3-5 lbs.)

Optional Garnish

Fresh parsley

Variations and Substitutions

Ham: Instead of ham bone you can also use ham hock, ham shank, leftover holiday ham or diced ham steaks.

Beans: Instead of Great Northern beans you can substitute navy beans, cannellini beans, pinto beans or bean mix such as Hurts’s hambeens, for example.

Potatoes: If you like you can add diced potatoes or sweet potatoes to this hearty soup.

Bacon: For some extra flavor add some cooked bacon to this slow cooker soup.

WHAT TO MAKE NEXT: If you love this ham and bean recipe, try our Easy Chili. You’ll love it because this is a hearty ground beef chili with beans and tomatoes and just the right amount of spice.

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Crockpot — This recipe requires a slow cooker. We use a 6 qt. basic Crockpot brand slow cooker. It works wonderfully. If you’re planning to take your Crockpot to potlucks you’ll want to check out this one that has a locking lid. A slow cooker has an inner pot called the crock. Neither the crock nor the lid are oven safe on most machines. Do not put them in the oven.

Instructions

This section shows how to cook ham and beans soup in the slow cooker, with step-by-step photos and details about the technique. For full step-by-step instructions, photos and nutritional information see the recipe in the recipe card below.

PREPARE: Firstly, in a large crockpot, layer broth, white beans, diced carrots, diced celery, chopped onions, minced garlic, salt, pepper, rosemary, thyme and bay leaf. Then, stir to combine. Afterwards submerge the ham bone in the broth and beans.

COOK: Then, cover and cook on high until the beans are tender, about 6-8 hours.

FINISH: Remove the lid and discard the bay leaf. Afterward let the ham bone cool for a moment. Once cool enough to handle, dice any ham meat and stir it into the bean soup.

SERVE: Finally, season soup with additional salt and pepper, to taste. Then ladle into bowls, garnish with fresh parsley and serve.

WHAT TO MAKE NEXT: If you love scrumptious meat and bean dinners then you’ll love our Frito Pie With Ground Beef. This yummy, quick and easy comfort food combines perfectly seasoned beef and beans with melty cheese and crispy Frito chips.

Make Ahead

You can in fact make this soup up to 3 days ahead of time. This will give the flavors time to develop and blend even better so the soup might actually taste better the next day. Store it in the refrigerator until ready to use. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop.

Recipe Tips

Follow these tips to make the best crockpot ham and bean soup recipe.

  • Tip: Use dried beans, not canned beans, because they give the broth much more depth of flavor that cannot be achieved with canned beans.
  • Tip: Cut all the vegetables into approximately the same size so they are cooked through at the same time.
  • Tip: Use a ham bone if possible, since it enriches the soup with a ton of flavor.

How To Store

Refrigerate: Let soup cool completely. Then store leftover ham and beans in an airtight container or ziploc bag in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Freeze: Store ham and bean soup leftovers in an airtight, freezer safe container. If you’re storing in a zip top plastic bag, try to get as much air out as possible. Freeze for up to 3 months.

Defrosting: A great way to defrost your crockpot ham and bean soup is in the refrigerator overnight.

How To Reheat

You can reheat this delicious soup in the microwave or on the stovetop.

Andrea says….

For best results, use dry beans and ham bone. They add incredible flavor to this great recipe.

Bowl full of ham and bean soup.

Common Questions

Can I make this soup with leftover ham?

Of course, this easy ham and bean soup works perfectly with any kind of leftover holiday hams, such as bone-in ham for example. Moreover, instead of juicy ham, you can also try this soup with leftover thanksgiving turkey.

Is it possible to make this soup on the stove top?

Yes! You can combine the ingredients for this easy soup in a dutch oven or large soup pot and simmer on the stovetop over medium low heat. However, the cooking process will still take at least 3-4 hours.

How do I give this easy slow cooker ham and bean soup a bit of spicy kick?

In case you like your soup a bit more on the spicy side, add some red pepper flakes or chili powder to this easy recipe. Additionally you can add some of your favorite hot sauce to adjust the spiciness.

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Crockpot Ham and Bean Soup Recipe

Amazingly flavorful soup loaded with chopped ham, white beans and vegetables. It's an ultimate comfort food that the whole family will love.
Course Main Dish, soup
Cuisine American
Diet Gluten Free, Low Lactose
Keyword crockpot ham and bean soup recipe, crockpot ham and beans, ham and bean soup in the crockpot, slow cooker ham and beans, slow cooker ham and beans soup
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 294kcal

Equipment

  • crockpot
  • knife and cutting board
  • ladle

Ingredients

  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 lb dried Great Northern beans rinsed
  • 3 large carrots diced
  • 3 celery stalks diced
  • 1 small yellow onion minced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced, 4 teaspoons
  • ½ tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 large meaty ham bone 3-5 pounds

Optional Garnish:

  • fresh parsley

Instructions

  • In a large crockpot, layer broth, beans, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, rosemary, thyme and bay leaf. Stir to combine.
    pouring broth over the soup ingredients
  • Submerge the ham bone in the broth and beans. Cover and cook on high until the beans are tender, about 6-8 hours.
    submerging ham in broth and vegetables
  • Remove the lid and discard the bay leaf. Remove ham bone and let sit until cool for a moment.
    cooked ham bone in soup
  • Once cool enough to handle, dice any ham meat and stir it into the bean soup.
    diced ham on top of soup
  • Season soup with additional salt and pepper, to taste. Ladle into bowls and garnish with fresh parsley. Serve.
    finished crockpot ham and beans soup

Nutrition

Calories: 294kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 906mg | Potassium: 1232mg | Fiber: 17g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 5115IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 163mg | Iron: 5mg

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Salsa Recipe with Canned Tomatoes https://familydinners.com/restaurant-style-salsa/ https://familydinners.com/restaurant-style-salsa/#respond Tue, 08 Nov 2022 03:05:00 +0000 https://familydinners.com/?p=11959 Easy to make restaurant style salsa. This mild salsa is perfect on tacos, burritos, burrito bowls, salads, nachos and as a dip.

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Get ready to enjoy amazing restaurant style salsa whenever you feel like it, with this incredibly easy salsa recipe with canned tomatoes that really anyone can make. No more need to wait for a visit at your favorite Mexican restaurant, make delicious vegan salsa in only 5 minutes at home.

close up of a bowl of restaurant style salsa.

This mild, slightly chunky salsa is perfect on all your favorite Mexican foods, such as tacos, burritos, burrito bowls, salads, nachos and as a dip with tortilla chips and guacamole.

Get all the best tips and tricks to make this incredibly flavorful Mexican condiment and surprise your family with the best salsa they have ever eaten.

homemade salsa recipe in a glass jar.
  • Notable: easy salsa recipe made with fresh ingredients that comes together in only 5 minutes and tastes so much better than store-bought salsa
  • Main Ingredients: canned tomatoes, white onion, jalapeño peppers, fresh garlic, ground cumin, salt, sugar, cilantro, lime juice
  • Cooking Method: no bake
  • Nutrients: restaurant style salsa is low in calories but high in flavor
  • Cooking Time: 5 minutes
  • Pairs well with: tortilla chips, tacos, burritos, nachos, fajitas
  • Diets: keto friendly, gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, vegan
  • Special Equipment Needed: food processor

Ingredients

You may have all of these ingredients for this easy homemade salsa recipe in your refrigerator or pantry and not need to make a trip to the grocery store! If this is your first time making this easy blender salsa you might want to read the possible variations before deciding on your ingredients.

Salsa Ingredients

  • 28 oz can whole tomatoes (including juice)
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 2-3 jalapeño peppers (seeded and chopped)
  • 3 garlic cloves (chopped)
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves (loosely packed)
  • about 3 tbsp fresh lime juice

Variations and Substitutions

Tomatoes: Use quality cans of plain tomatoes such as Muir Glen. Avoid canned tomatoes that already have herbs or seasonings added.

Onion: You can substitute red onions or use the white parts of green onions (scallions) instead of white onion.

Jalapeño peppers: Fresh jalapenos have varying degrees of hotness. We recommend tasting a small bit of your green pepper to see how hot it is. This way you can make sure your salsa isn’t getting too spicy. If you like a spicier salsa, you can add some of the jalapeño seeds as well or use hot peppers, like habanero peppers or serrano peppers, for example.

Lime Juice: You can substitute fresh lemon juice in a pinch.

ingredients for salsa recipe with canned tomatoes

WHAT TO MAKE NEXT: If you love Mexican inspired recipes, try our Instant Pot Refried Beans. This perfect Mexican side dish is rich in flavor and has a creamy texture. It’s restaurant-style but better.

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Food Processor — This recipe requires a food processor or blender to achieve the desired consistency of the salsa.

Instructions

This section shows how to make this salsa recipe with canned tomatoes in the food processor, with step-by-step photos and details about the technique. For full step-by-step instructions, photos and nutritional information see the recipe in the recipe card below.

COMBINE INGREDIENTS: Firstly, place whole tomatoes and their juices, onion, jalapeño peppers, minced garlic, cumin, sea salt, sugar, cilantro and lime juice into the bowl of a food processor or blender.

BLEND AND REFRIGERATE: Then pulse until ingredients are chopped fine and combined. Do not overmix! Finally, refrigerate for a couple of hours (we recommend at least one hour) to combine flavors.

SERVE: Serve as a dip with chips and guacamole or as a topping for tacos, burritos, or nachos.

WHAT TO MAKE NEXT: If you love homemade tacos then you’ll love our Ground Beef Taco Filling. This scrumptious and keto friendly taco meat is the perfect combination of juicy beef, creamy refried beans and fresh salsa.

HOW TO MAKE SALSA AHEAD

Restaurant style salsa is a great dip to make ahead. Actually, a lot of people recommend making it up to 24 hours in advance to give the flavors a chance to develop. You can store ready made salsa in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Andrea says….

Never buy salsa again! This is the easiest way to make salsa. I love to dip our homemade chicken taquitos in this salsa and a little sour cream.

Recipe Tips

Follow these tips to make the best salsa recipe with canned tomatoes.

  • Tip: Use good canned tomatoes. We love Muir Glen brand. Avoid any that already have seasonings or herbs added, like basil for example.
  • Tip: Use fresh onions and peppers, not frozen or canned.
  • Tip: Pulse the ingredients in the food processor. Be careful not to overmix, because you don’t want to end up with a smoothie.
  • Tip: Let flavors blend. Resting time in the fridge will give the flavors a chance to blend together well.

How To Store

Refrigerate: Store leftover salsa in an airtight container or ziploc bag in the fridge for up 5 days. Give it a good stir before serving again.

Freeze: Homemade salsa can be frozen in a freezer safe container, BUT freezing changes the consistency of tomatoes. We therefore recommend draining the salsa in a fine mesh strainer before freezing to remove any excess liquid. However, you still need to expect thawed salsa to have a slightly more watery consistency. The taste of defrosted salsa is still as yummy as it was before freezing.

Defrosting: Thaw salsa in the fridge overnight or for a couple of hours on the counter.

open jar of salsa with canned tomatoes

Common Questions

What can I use homemade salsa on?

There are in fact endless possibilities on how to use fresh salsa. We love serving it with beef tacos, fish tacos, burritos, nachos, taquitos, fajitas, or as a dip alongside guacamole and tortilla chips.

Many people don’t enjoy cilantro. Are there any substitutes?

While cilantro is the herb of choice in most Mexican dishes, there are some alternatives for people who are not so fond of its flavor. Have you tried chopped basil, parsley, oregano or mint? Additionally, you can also leave out the herb altogether.

What is the difference between salsa and pico de gallo?

While delicious salsa is usually prepared in a food processor or blender using canned tomatoes, pico de gallo consists of hand chopped fresh tomatoes. Salsa is also more saucy than chunky pico de gallo. However, they are both used in mostly the same way.

How do I get the most juice out of a lime?

Use a citrus juicer, to get the most juice out of a lime. In case you don’t have one, here are some tips for getting the most juice. Roll the lime between your palm and the counter to squish a little before cutting it to juice it. Another trick is to cut your lime into 8 wedges, then squeeze to get juice. 

Restaurant style salsa in a glass jar.
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Salsa Recipe with Canned Tomatoes

Easy to make restaurant style salsa. This mild salsa is perfect on tacos, burritos, burrito bowls, salads, nachos and as a dip.
Course condiment, side, Side Dish, Vegetable
Cuisine American, keto, Mexican, vegan, vegetarian
Keyword canned tomatoes, easy homemade salsa, homemade salsa recipe, jalapeno, mild salsa, restaurant style salsa
Prep Time 5 minutes
Refrigeration Time 1 hour
Servings 3 cups
Calories 77kcal

Equipment

  • food processor or blender
  • bowl

Ingredients

  • 28 oz can whole tomatoes including juices
  • 1 small white onion chopped
  • 2-3 jalapeño peppers seeded and chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic chopped
  • tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup cilantro leaves loosely packed
  • 3 tbsp lime juice (or to taste)

Instructions

  • Place whole tomatoes and their juices, onion, jalapeño, garlic, cumin, sea salt, sugar, cilantro and lime juice into a food processor or blender.
    Ingredients in a food processor.
  • Pulse until ingredients are chopped fine and combined.
    Blended ingredients in a food processor.
  • Refrigerate for an hour to combine flavors.
  • Serve and enjoy!
    restaurant style salsa ready to eat

Notes

Recipe Notes:
  • Make sure you don’t buy whole tomatoes with spices added to them. Some canned tomatoes have basil added.
  • For spicier salsa, substitute serrano chili peppers or even habanero chili peppers for the jalapeños.
  • Omit the sugar, if desired.
Serving Suggestions:
  • Serve with chips and guacamole.
  • Serve on carnitas tacos, chipotle chicken tacos, fish tacos, burrito bowls or in 7 layer dip
Recipe Suggestions:
Use this salsa in our Beef Taco Filling, the Loaded Beef Nachos or the 7 Layer Dip. Or pair it with our Homemade Guacamole or Pico de Gallo.

Nutrition

Calories: 77kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1158mg | Potassium: 629mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 521IU | Vitamin C: 44mg | Calcium: 110mg | Iron: 3mg

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Ground Beef Vegetable Soup Recipe https://familydinners.com/ground-beef-vegetable-soup/ https://familydinners.com/ground-beef-vegetable-soup/#respond Tue, 08 Nov 2022 01:21:00 +0000 https://familydinners.com/?p=18182 This flavorful ground beef vegetable soup is packed with celery, carrots, potatoes and tender beef. It is warming comforting and delicious.

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This amazing ground beef vegetable soup is a staple in our meal rotation. It only takes 10 minutes of hands on cooking to make this delicious hearty soup, that is best served with crusty white bread. Besides beef, this yummy one-pot meal is packed with potatoes, celery, carrots as well as peas, corn and green beans. It is therefore a great way of introducing more vegetables to your diet. This is hands down the best vegetable soup with ground beef and your whole family will love it.

spoon scooping ground beef vegetable soup out of a bowl
bowl of beef vegetable soup
  • Notable: immensely flavorful one-pot meal that is chock-full of veggies and ground beef
  • Main Ingredients: ground beef, yellow onion, celery stalks, garlic, canned diced tomatoes, carrots, Russet potatoes, frozen mixed vegetables, beef broth, spices
  • Cooking Method: stovetop
  • Nutrients: great source of fiber
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes prep time, 30 minutes cooking time
  • Pairs well with: crusty bread, garlic bread, cheesy bread, cooked noodles
  • Diets: keto friendly, gluten free, dairy free
  • Special Equipment Needed: dutch oven (or other large pot, such as stock pot or soup pot), cooking spatula

Ingredients

You may have all of these ingredients for this easy vegetable soup with ground beef recipe in your refrigerator or pantry and not need to make a trip to the grocery store! If this is your first time making this easy vegetable beef soup you might want to read the possible variations before deciding on your ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • ½ yellow onion, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 14.5 oz canned diced tomatoes
  • 3 large carrots, diced
  • 2 Russet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 16 oz bag frozen vegetables
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp dried oregano

Variations and Substitutions

Ground beef: You can substitute ground chicken or ground turkey for the ground beef.

Broth: If you prefer, you can use chicken broth instead of beef broth.

Tomatoes: Substitute crushed canned tomatoes instead for diced tomatoes if you prefer.

Seasoning: Use Italian seasoning instead of oregano.

Noodles: Add cooked pasta to the soup if you like.

WHAT TO MAKE NEXT: If you loved this beef and vegetable soup recipe, try our Instant Pot White Chicken Chili. You’ll love it because it is full of flavor and warms you with a slight kick of spice. Made with chicken, canned beans, vegetables and spices, this chili cooks up in the pressure cooker in 15 minutes.

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Dutch Oven — We love making this soup in a Dutch oven, because it perfectly cooks the beef and vegetables to tender perfection.

Instructions

This section shows how to cook easy beef and vegetable soup on the stove top, with step-by-step photos and details about the technique. For full step-by-step instructions, photos and nutritional information see the recipe in the recipe card below.

BROWN BEEF AND VEGGIES: Firstly, in a large dutch oven over medium heat, brown the ground beef in some olive oil. When the hamburger meat is halfway cooked, add onion and celery to the pan. As soon as the beef is fully cooked, drain the excess fat. Afterwards add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute until fragrant.

COMBINE AND COOK: Next, add the rest of the ingredients. Then turn the heat up to medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Afterward, simmer on low heat for 20 minutes or until the potatoes and carrots are tender.

SEASON AND SERVE: Finally, remove the soup from the heat and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve.

WHAT TO MAKE NEXT: If you love nothing more than a steaming bowl of soup then you’ll love Stef’s Easy Pumpkin Soup. It’s creamy, comforting, healthy, and full of spices and fall flavors. Plus it’s ready in just 30 minutes on the stovetop.

Make Ahead

This mouthwatering vegetable beef soup is a great recipe to make ahead. You can completely finish the soup and store it in the fridge until ready to reheat and serve. It keeps in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Moreover, you can freeze individual portions of soup for up to 3 months.

Recipe Tips

Follow these tips to make the best soup with vegetables and ground beef.

  • Tip: Make sure you brown the beef properly before adding the broth. It adds immense flavor to the soup.
  • Tip: Cut all your vegetables approximately the same size. That way they will all be done at the same time.
  • Tip: Taste the soup before serving and adjust the seasonings if necessary.

How To Store

Refrigerate: Store ground beef and vegetable soup leftovers in an airtight container or ziploc bag in the fridge for 3-4 days.

Freeze: Store in an airtight, freezer-safe container. If you’re storing in a zip top plastic bag, try to get as much air out as possible. Freeze for up to 3 months. Divide into single serve portions before freezing, for easy portion control when defrosting.

Defrosting: A great way to thaw beef and vegetable soup is in the refrigerator overnight.

Andrea says….

We love soup for dinner. This vegetable soup is perfect for when you’re low on time. We also love making this potato and kale soup. It’s a family favorite.

How To Reheat

Reheat leftovers in a pot on the stovetop or in the microwave.

bowl of vegetable soup with ground beef

Common Questions

What other vegetables can I add to this soup?

You can pretty much add all your favorite veggies to this yummy beef vegetable soup recipe. You can try diced bell pepper or butternut squash, broccoli florets, cauliflower, white beans, or chopped cabbage, for example. Additionally, you can also add leafy greens, such as kale, collard greens or spinach to this hearty ground beef vegetable soup.

How do I serve this easy hamburger soup?

We love serving this healthy soup with crusty French bread, garlic bread or cheesy bread. However, you can also serve some salty cracker with it or a grilled cheese sandwich. In case you want to make this hamburger soup recipe extra special, sprinkle it with some freshly grated parmesan cheese and chopped fresh parsley. Moreover, you can add some red pepper flakes for a spicy kick.

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Ground Beef Vegetable Soup Recipe

Comforting soup loaded with veggies and tender beef that is quick and easy to make and full of flavor. With only 10 minutes of hands-on prep time, this vegetable beef soup is an excellent weeknight meal.
Course Main Dish, soup
Cuisine American
Keyword ground beef vegetable soup, vegetable soup with ground beef
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 343kcal

Equipment

  • large pot or dutch oven
  • cooking spoon or spatula

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • ½ yellow onion chopped
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic pressed
  • 14.5 oz canned diced tomatoes
  • 3 carrots diced
  • 2 Russet potatoes peeled and diced
  • 16 oz frozen vegetables
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp dried oregano

Instructions

  • In a large pot or saucepan over medium heat, brown ground beef.
    raw ground beef in a pot
  • When beef is halfway cooked, add onion and celery to the pan.
    adding celery, onion and garlic to the browned beef
  • Once the beef is cooked, drain the excess fat.
  • Add garlic, saute for 1 minute until fragrant.
  • Add canned tomatoes and the juices, carrots, potatoes, frozen vegetables, beef broth, salt, pepper, and oregano. Turn heat up to high to bring to a boil.
    adding vegetables and broth to the ground beef mixture
  • Reduce heat to simmer for 20 minutes or until the potatoes and carrots are tender.
    stirring vegetable soup ingredients together
  • Remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
    close up of vegetable soup
  • Serve.
    bowl of soup with a spoon in it

Notes

  • Serve with crusty bread, cheesy bread or noodles.
  • Sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese, chopped fresh parsley or red pepper flakes, if desired. 

Nutrition

Calories: 343kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 1201mg | Potassium: 871mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 9219IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 4mg

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Baked Potatoes On The Grill https://familydinners.com/grilled-baked-potatoes/ https://familydinners.com/grilled-baked-potatoes/#comments Tue, 08 Nov 2022 01:20:00 +0000 https://familydinners.com/?p=4738 Cook the perfect baked potatoes on your grill or campfire.

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Firing up the grill? You’ll love this summer potato recipe. Baked potatoes on the grill are the perfect side for grilled meats, veggies and fruits. (If you haven’t jumped on the fruit grilling bandwagon, what are you waiting for?)

Close up of fully baked potatoes on the grill in open foil wrappers. Loaded with cheese, bacon, sour ream and chives.

This foil packet potato method creates salty, crispy skin and soft, fluffy insides to die for. Add your favorite toppings and you’ve got the perfect loaded baked potato. These are also great as campfire potatoes. Just place them on a rack and you can cook them directly over the fire.

Loaded baked potato in foil on a grill.
  • Notable: crispy potato skin on the outside, while the inside of the potato is soft and pillowy
  • Main Ingredients: large potatoes, vegetable oil, coarse salt
  • Cooking Method: grill
  • Cooking Time: 15 minutes prep time, 45 minutes cooking time
  • Pairs well with: grilled meats, fish and seafood
  • Diets: gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, vegan
  • Special Equipment Needed: grill, cutting board, paring knife, fork, basting brush, aluminum foil

Ingredients

You may have all of these ingredients for this best baked potatoes recipe in your refrigerator or pantry and not need to make a trip to the grocery store! If this is your first time making these baked potatoes on the grill you might want to read the possible variations before deciding on your ingredients.

Baked Potatoes on the Grill Ingredients

  • 4 large potatoes
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp coarse salt

Variations and Substitutions

Potatoes: Russet potatoes (also called Idaho potatoes) are best for baking because they are low in moisture and have a thick skin that puffs and crisps nicely.

Vegetable Oil: Use a neutral oil with a high smoke point, such as vegetable oil, grapeseed oil or avocado olive oil, for example.

Coarse Salt: Kosher salt or sea salt are great options that will give your potato skins a little crunch, or use what you have on hand. Just don’t skip the salt!

Other seasonings: When you’re sprinkling salt onto the oil-rubbed potato, you can also sprinkle on any other seasoning you like. Consider pepper or garlic powder, for example.

Fully Loaded Baked Potatoes on the Grill

Gather some toppings and you’ve got a grilled baked potato bar that your whole family will enjoy. Here are some delicious flavor combos: 

  • Loaded Classic – Cheddar cheese, dollop of sour cream, green onions and bacon bits (optional).
  • Loaded ChiliEasy chili, cheddar cheese, sour cream, green onions and/or avocado. 
  • Broccoli CheddarParmesan roasted broccoli and melted cheddar cheese.
  • Southwestern – Pico de gallo, corn, black beans, cheese, sour cream, cilantro, avocado (or guacamole). 
  • Lox – Smoked salmon, chives, cream cheese
  • FajitaFajita chicken, bell peppers, onion, cilantro lime sour cream and shredded cheese
  • Goat Cheese and Herbs – Mix together goat cheese, olive oil, parsley, shallots and lemon zest.
Clean washed raw potatoes in a bowl next to a small container of oil and small bowl of salt.

WHAT TO MAKE NEXT: If you love this traditional baked potato recipe, try our Cheesy Hasselback Potatoes. You’ll love them because they are melt in your mouth perfection. Full of thin, tender potato slices roasted to a golden crisp and stuffed with melty cheddar cheese.

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Grill — An indoor or outdoor grill is needed for this recipe. We love our indoor Zojirushi grill for cooking inside.

Instructions

This section shows how to cook baked potatoes on the grill, with step-by-step photos and details about the technique. For full step-by-step instructions, photos and nutritional information see the recipe in the recipe card below.

PREPARE: Firstly, preheat the grill to medium-high heat and scrub potatoes getting all the dirt off the skin. Then pat dry with paper towel.

PREPARE POTATOES FOR COOKING: Poke unwrapped potatoes with a fork a couple of times. These small holes help venting the potato. Afterwards, brush oil on the outside of each potato. Sprinkle the entire potato with coarse salt. Then use your hands to make sure the salt is rubbed on and isn’t falling off. Finally cover them in aluminum foil.

COOK: Place potatoes on the hot grill rack. Close the cover, if possible. Bake for 45 minutes, turning with tongs every 5-10 minutes.

CHECK DONENESS: Check potato by piercing through the foil and potato with a fork. If the potato is done, the fork will insert easily into the middle of the potato. If it is still a little firm, cook for longer, checking every 4-5 minutes. The length of cooking time will depend on the size of the potato and the heat of the grill.

LET COOL: Remove from grill. Let cool for 10-15 minutes before handling.

Close up of fully baked potatoes on the grill in open foil wrappers. Loaded with cheese, bacon, sour ream and chives.

WHAT TO MAKE NEXT: If you love crispy potato side dishes then you’ll love our Air Fryer Potato Wedges. They are crispy on the outside and perfectly soft in the middle. Air fryer potato wedges pair with any meal.

Stef says….

Grilled baked potatoes are fun and easy! They are a great summer or winter potato side dish. You can even cook these over a campfire if you have a rack to set them on.

Recipe Tips

Follow these tips to make the best baked potato on the grill.

  • Tip: Russet or Idaho potatoes are best for baking because they are low in moisture and have a thick skin that puffs and crisps nicely.
  • Tip: Don’t skip the salt, it will give your potato skins a little crunch and tons of flavor.
  • Tip: Make sure your potatoes are approximately the same size, to be sure they are all done at the same time. Smaller potatoes might be done sooner.

How To Store

Refrigerate: Store leftover potatoes in the refrigerator in an airtight container or ziploc bag for up to 3 days. While the skin may not be as crispy, they will still taste just as good.

Freeze: Additionally, you can freeze baked potatoes for up to a month. Before freezing, make sure your potatoes are fully cooled and don’t contain any toppings. Wrap them in foil or plastic wrap, ensuring no part of the potato is exposed to air. Place in a freezer safe container or sealed freezer bag without any excess air.

Defrosting: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight or, for faster results, thaw in the microwave.

How To Reheat

Reheat baked potato leftovers in the microwave or in the air fryer.

Common Questions

What grill temperature should baked potato be cooked at?

Preheat your grill to a high heat, approximately 400 degrees F, and cook potatoes for 45 minutes to one hour to get the best texture inside and the crispiest skin on the outside.

Should baked potatoes be wrapped in foil?

On the grill, we recommend cooking your potatoes in foil to protect the skins from charring.

How long should you bake a potato for?

Depending on the size, 45 minutes to 1 hour at 400˚ should be enough time to make your potatoes fluffy and steamy inside with crispy skin outside.

Can you make baked sweet potatoes with the same method?

As a matter of fact, yes! However, sweet potatoes have a slightly different cooking time, depending on the size and type of potatoes.

What kind of grill works best with this easy side dish?

You can make baked potatoes on all kinds of grills, such as a charcoal grill, an electric grill or a gas grill, for example. Moreover, this perfect side dish cooks on the campfire as well. For best results, put them on a rack and cook the grilled baked potatoes directly over the fire.

Loaded baked potato in foil on a grill.
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Baked Potatoes on the Grill

These baked potatoes on the grill are perfect for your backyard barbecue or campfire meal.
Course Appetizer, Main Dish, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword baked potato on the grill, campfire baked potato, foil packet potato, grilled baked potatoes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 potatoes
Calories 228kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Grill

Ingredients

  • 4 potatoes
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil (or avocado)
  • 2 tbsp coarse salt

Instructions

  • Preheat grill to medium high heat.
  • Scrub potatoes to get all dirt off the skin of the potato. Pat dry.
    Clean raw potatoes in a fish alongside a small container of oil and small bowl of salt.
  • Poke potatoes 6-8 times with a fork to vent the potato.
    fork poking potato
  • Brush oil on the outside of each potato.
    brushing oil on baked potato sitting on foil
  • Sprinkle the potato with coarse salt. Use your hands to make sure the salt is rubbed on and isn’t falling off.
    sprinkle salt on potato
  • Wrap potatoes in foil and place potatoes on the grill rack. Close the cover, if possible.
    wrap potato in foil
  • Bake for 45 minutes, turning with tongs every 5-10 minutes.
  • Check potato by piercing through the foil and potato with a fork. If the potato is done, the fork will insert easily into the center of the potato. If it is still a little firm, cook for longer, checking every 5 minutes. The length of cooking time will depend on the size of the potato and the heat of the grill.
  • Remove from grill. Let cool for 10-15 minutes before handling.
  • Once cooked, make a large slice down the center of the potato and fluff up the center of the potato a little. Add toppings that melt first, like butter or cheese. Then add more toppings like sour cream, chives, bacon or any of your other favorite toppings.
    Cooked baked potatoes on the grill in open foil wrapping. Potatoes are fully loaded with cheese, bacon, sour cream and chives.

Notes

  • You can cook these over a campfire as well if you have a rack to set them on.
  • When you’re sprinkling salt, you can also sprinkle any other seasoning you like on your potatoes. Consider pepper or garlic powder.

Nutrition

Serving: 1potato | Calories: 228kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3499mg | Potassium: 889mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 2mg

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