The Hound of Tabasco-villes

This past weekend I attended a summer ball at Shakespeare’s Globe. It was a fabulous event – champagne, dinner, and dancing at one of London’s most famous landmarks. There are so many places and streets in London that I come across and immediately recognize from the pages of books I’ve read. In fact, one of the reasons I have always dreamed of living here is because of the adventures I feel I’ve lived through the words of Dickens, Wodehouse, and Conan Doyle.

Baker Street is one of my favorite places to roam around. True, it is swamped with tourists, and 221B is not an actual place, but I still love to imagine the most famous detective duo in literary history dashing around. Like each case that Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson take on, these meatballs pack an unforeseen twist: melting mozzarella at their core. The classic Holmes and Watson partnership is the perfect solution to any crime, just as these meatballs and spicy sauce complement each other perfectly.

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Cheese-stuffed hot meatballs:

(Recipe makes 8 large meatballs)

1/2 pound ground beef

1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce (or more, depending on how much heat you like!)

1/4 cup sundried tomatoes, chopped

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded

1 shallot, diced

1 egg

1/8 cup breadcrumbs

1/2 block mozzarella cheese, cut into half-inch cubes (best to use packaged, dry mozzarella as opposed to fresh mozzarella in water)

1 cup marinara sauce

Dried herbs to garnish (optional)

Instruction:

1. Combine half of Tabasco sauce, sundried tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, shallot, egg, and breadcrumbs in bowl.

2. Add ground beef and mix with hands until just combined.

3. Using an ice cream scoop (to ensure meatballs are the same size), form meatballs. Make an indent using index finger and insert mozzarella piece, covering up with the meat mixture. Repeat to make eight meatballs.

4. Heat olive oil in a pan. Brown meatballs on all sides, then transfer to a baking sheet. Finish meatballs in 350 degree oven – this should take no longer than 8-10 minutes, depending on the size of your meatballs.

5. In same pan used to brown meatballs, heat up remaining Tabasco sauce and marinara sauce together. Serve with meatballs. Optionally garnish with dried herbs.

Enjoy cheese-stuffed hot meatballs with Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles, and check in at http://warandpeach.com for future recipes and book reviews!

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