Lamb and Pork Meatballs Stuffed with Goat Cheese

Lamb and Pork Meatballs Stuffed with Goat Cheese are a delicious twist on a classic favorite.  Using lamb and Italian sausage and hearty spices surrounded by a creamy goat cheese center.  

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Goat Cheese, Lamb, Meatballs, Pork
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Amy

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 medium sweet yellow onion peeled and diced
  • 1 garlic clove peeled and minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon corriander seeds
  • 1/4 cup good quality goat cheese
  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 2 italian spicy sausage casing removed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1-28 ounce can of good quality marinara or vodka marinara
  • Grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. In a large dutch oven or skillet heat olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add onion and garlic, stirring to sweat not brown, about 3 minutes
  3. Add herbs, stirring to soften and release the aromatics, about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Remove to a bowl and set aside, you can sit in refrigerator to accelerate cooling.
  5. Take goat cheese into pieces and roll into 1/2” balls, setting aside. You will need around 20-25 balls.
  6. In a large bowl add eggs, breadcrumbs, onion mixture and stir to combine. Add lamb and sausage breaking apart as you add. Using your hands evenly combine all the ingredients.
  7. Start forming 2” meatballs by rolling the meat mixture. Use your finger to indent the ball into the center. Add one of your goat cheese balls into the indention and then pinch or fold the meat over the goat cheese so that it is now covered and in the center of the meatball.
  8. Set aside and continue until all meat has been formed into meatballs.
  9. Using the same pan you used to cook onion, add your marinara sauce over low-medium heat. Heating to a low simmer and you see slow bubbles around edge of the pan.
  10. Add your meatballs slowly. Spooning sauce over top of exposed meatballs until they are all added. Cover pan and cook for 12-15 minutes, checking to flip balls mid way and continuing to spoon sauce over top of exposed meatballs.
  11. Remove from heat. Plate and sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese.
  12. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

To make this recipe Gluten Free, substitute Gluten Free bread crumbs.