Crispy Caprese Meatballs Stuffed With Mozzarella, A Colorful Little Taste of the Holidays

Crispy Caprese Meatballs |

What would you say that the holidays taste like to you?

Are they sweet and cool, with a minty flair? Are they spicy-sweet, or rich and creamy? Are they savory and herby, with a little hint of salty?

The holidays, for me, are exquisitely all of the above.

And the potential for magic during the holidays most certainly becomes apparent in all of the wonderfully different foods we love to partake in, each containing their own delicious pizzaz.

Crispy Caprese Meatballs |

The holidays wouldn’t be the same without all of the amazing cookies, the hot and cold drinks, the earthy and rich rib roasts, and the glittering and festive cakes; but those tasty little two-bite treats, those sumptuous little morsels that contain the colors of this bright and colorful time of year, can be some of the best goodies to share, and can be the perfect reflections of the specialness of this time of year.

Nothing can be more simple and satisfying than a scrumptious little two-bite meatball, all juicy and tender, with just a mild hint of spice.

It melts in the mouth, and is a perfect companion to a bubbly drink, or a glass of wine at a festive holiday party.

Crispy Caprese Meatballs |

Crispy Caprese Meatballs |

So why not turn it into a delectable representation of the holiday spirit by adding some colorful and boldly flavorful additions to make it perfectly Christmas-y?

Crispy Caprese Meatballs are stuffed with fresh mozzarella cheese, and rolled in a light crust of parmesan cheese and panko, which alone makes these cuties mouthwatering and irresistible; but topping them with a dollop of mildly spicy and rich marinara, and a fresh accent of fragrant green basil makes them a perfectly elegant holiday offering when entertaining guests and family.

Bet you can’t eat just one (or two, or maybe even three)!

Crispy Caprese Meatballs |

Crispy Caprese Meatballs |

So what does your ideal holiday taste like?

If you’re anything like me, you’re longing to taste every sweet, creamy, spicy, crispy, cheesy flavor that it has to offer.

So may you and your loved ones have a bold, colorful, warm and love-filled holiday; and may your souls be merry and your bellies be comfortably full!

Taste what’s good and pass it on.


{ 11 comments… add one }

  • Thalia @ butter and brioche December 15, 2014, 12:53 pm

    What delicious little appetizers these caprese meatballs would make! Perfect for a Christmas party I have coming up!!

  • Liz December 15, 2014, 4:03 pm

    Lovely recipes. Thanks so much.

  • Rachel December 18, 2014, 6:14 pm

    Gosh, these look delicious!

  • June G. January 4, 2015, 4:44 pm

    Just made these. Best meatballs ever! I mean EVER! As my husband likes to say, “that’s a spicy meatball”. Haha!

    • The Cozy Apron January 5, 2015, 6:07 am

      Hi June, I’m so excited to read that! :-) Thanks so much for sharing your experience with the recipe!

  • Amanda October 6, 2015, 11:06 am

    Planning to make these for a party on Saturday. They look so delish. Which part of this can I do a day ahead. Don’t want to overload my Saturday.

    • The Cozy Apron October 6, 2015, 3:20 pm

      Hi Amanda, so excited you are planning on preparing these! You can very easily prepare the actual meatballs on Friday, and then go to the next step of “chill”, only you can chill them over night. Then on Saturday, you can coat them in the panko mixture and fry them, then into the oven to finish. (If you are also preparing the sauce, you can also do that the day before, and keep it in the fridge, then reheat.)

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