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Bento Recipe: Cheese meatballs


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These are like meatballs, except they have cheese in the middle. Special, eh? You can probably make them just based on that one sentence, but I'll describe how I made them anyway. Of course, this can be adapted to most any meatball recipe.

One: make the meatball meat. I like beef and a little garlic, myself. I'm a person of simple tastes. Anyway, take a handful of that, about as much as you would use to make a regular meatball. Make a ball shape with it, then poke a hole into the center with your thumb and stuff in some cheese, whatever kind you would put on a cheeseburger. Close the hole and roll the meatball in your hands until it's firm and no cheese is visible on the surface. Repeat until you run out of meat.

Heat a little vegetable oil in a pan. Not much, just enough to keep the meat from sticking. When it's medium hot put the meatballs in the pan. Cover and let them cook for a few minutes. Then turn them, cover, and let them cook some more. Repeat until the meatballs are thoroughly browned and firm.

I imagine you could use these meatballs anywhere meatballs are acceptable. I'll be trying out other options later.