Easy Meatball & Mozzarella Appetizer

Whew!  Are you as tired as I am?  Rousing parties, holiday shows and fancy cooking are all fun–but non-stop activity can take a toll.  Even a food blogger can need a cooking break! So, with New Year’s Eve on the horizon, I am sharing a super easy meatball & mozzarella appetizer. 

Meatball & Mozzarella Appetizer

Meatball & Mozzarella Appetizer

The idea comes from my teenage nieces who made a version of this (sans French bread) as an appetizer for Thanksgiving.  They started with a pasta and homemade meatballs recipe designed as a dinner entree and re-purposed it.  Genius!  

Pour meatballs for Meatball & Mozzarella Appetizer

Pour meatballs for Meatball & Mozzarella Appetizer

So, when Gold’n Plump sent me some of their new, precooked Chicken Meatballs, I knew what I had to do. One bag of Pesto Itlaian Meatballs, a jar of canned (organic) pasta sauce, some fresh mozzarella & French bread later, life was good. 

Pour sauce for Meatball & Mozzarella Appetizer

Top with sauce

In fact one December night, full of straggling-in holiday visitors, we even called this Meatball & Mozzarella Appetizer dinner.  Just by adding a salad.

I cook a lot from scratch but when I (desperately need) decide to go the easy route with convenience foods, I like to use brands that I trust.  Knowing that Gold n Plump sources chicken from Midwest family farms who use humane practices is important to me.  And with a history of great tasting products like flavored chicken patties and chicken shakers, I know I’m getting a product my family will enjoy. 

Meatball & Mozzarella Appetizer

Meatball & Mozzarella Appetizer

I put this appetizer together very quickly.  Poured the frozen meatballs into a pan, topped with jarred sauce, covered it and popped everything into a 375-degree oven.  35-45 minutes later, when everything was hot, I added slices of fresh mozzarella, and put it back uncovered for another 10 minutes, until the cheese was soft and melty.  Even the baking pan cooperated, going right to the table.  Sliced French bread completed the dish.   

Meatball & Mozzarella Appetizer

If you are in a big hurry you could do a microwave version (or cook partway in the microwave) of this Meatball & Mozzarella Appetizer.  How easy can a tasty, hot appetizer get?! 

Wishing you a restful end of 2016!

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Easy Meatball and Mozzarella Appetizer
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One bag of Pesto Meatballs, a jar of pasta sauce, some fresh mozzarella & French bread later & you have an easy, tasty Meatball & Mozzarella Appetizer!
Serves: 6
  • 16-18 ounces of prepared precooked meatballs (packaged, deli or your favorite recipe)
  • 1 24-ounce jar of pasta sauce
  • 8 ounces sliced fresh mozzarella
  • 1 loaf French bread
  1. Place meatballs into a large lidded baking dish or casserole.
  2. Cover with pasta sauce.
  3. Bake, covered, until meatballs are warmed through (35-45 minutes from frozen, less if thawed)
  4. Top with slices of fresh mozzarella, then return to oven until cheese is soft and melty (about 10 minutes).
  5. Serve with sliced French bread
Serves 4-6 as a meal, more as an appetizer.


12 thoughts on “Easy Meatball & Mozzarella Appetizer

  1. cheri

    Phew is right! and it is always nice to have a few shortcuts up ones sleeve, these look great. Happy New Year Inger……..

    1. Inger Post author

      I am enjoying the other exhausted commenters. Now I know I’m in good company! Best wishes for a great 2017 Tammy!

  2. grace

    this should’ve been obvious but i’ve never seen it before! it’s hard to resist that combination in any capacity. 🙂

  3. David

    Sigh… I wish I could eat some prepared foods like this, especially now that good quality products can be found. This would make life do much simpler when I need something really quick and tasty. But 99 of 100 times these products have garlic… sigh again. So I will just have to man-up and make my own chicken meatballs and sauce and throw this together! Happy New Year! xo

    1. Inger Post author

      You know I used to do six lasagnas at a time and freeze them (gotta start doing that again!) In your shoes, I’d probably do a meatball assembly line and freeze individually… Hmmm

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