Meatball Parmesan Bites are the perfect appetizer for any party. Tender beef meatballs, infused with garlic, breadcrumbs, and parmesan, smothered in Italian red sauce and topped with melted mozzarella and fresh basil.
Mince 2 cloves of garlic and then thinly slice the remaining 2 cloves.
In a large bowl, add ground beef, bread crumbs, egg, parsley, basil, minced garlic, and ¼ cup Parmesan cheese—season with salt and pepper. Mix until combined. Use your hands to roll into golfball-sized balls.
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place meatballs in skillet and brown on all sides. When the meatballs have developed a nice crispy crust, remove it from the skillet and set it aside. Now, over medium heat, pour marinara into the skillet. Stir in the sliced garlic and remaining Parmesan. Once it's simmering, place your cooked meatballs back in the sauce. Make sure to spoon some sauce over the meatballs so they're nice and covered. Cover the pan with a lid and simmer meatballs for another 10-12 minutes, or until cooked through.
Top each meatball with a slice of mozzarella. Cover the pan with the lid again and heat until the cheese is melted.
Top each meatball with a folded basil leaf and insert a toothpick to serve.
For ease when entertaining, the meatballs can be made ahead of time and cooked in the sauce just before you want to serve them.Whole wheat or regular breadcrumbs will work in this recipe.Since the recipe makes 12 meatballs, double if serving a large crowd.Nutritional information is approximate and was calculated using a recipe nutrition label generator.★ Did you make this recipe? Don't forget to give it a star rating below!