How to Make "Eyeball" Meatballs

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If you're looking for a savory take on Halloween, try this "eyeball" meatballs recipe. Meatballs are topped with cheese and sliced olives to create a wonderfully spooky main dish. Feel free to use ground chicken, turkey or beef, depending on your preference. Read on to learn how to make "eyeball" meatballs!

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Things You'll Need

  • 1 pound ground chicken, turkey or beef

  • 1 egg

  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs

  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 stick string cheese

  • 8 ounces spaghetti

  • 24 ounces pasta sauce

  • Sliced black olives

  • Olive oil

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Step 1

In a pot, cook the spaghetti according to the package's directions. Drain, toss with olive oil to prevent sticking and set aside.

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Step 2

Preheat the oven to 400°F. In a small bowl, lightly beat the egg.

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Step 3

In a large bowl, combine the ground meat, beaten egg, breadcrumbs and spices.

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Step 4

Warm oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. As the oil heats up, form the meat mixture into golf ball-sized balls. Add to the skillet.

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Tip

You'll likely need to cook the meatballs in batches.

Step 5

Cook the meatballs until brown, about 3 minutes on each side. The meatballs won't be fully cooked at this point; you'll finish cooking them in the oven.

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Step 6

In a baking dish, combine the pasta sauce and meatballs. Toss the meatballs until coated, then bake for 5 to 8 minutes in the oven.

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Step 7

While the meatballs are baking, slice the string cheese.

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Step 8

Add a slice of string cheese to each meatball. Return to the oven for another 3 to 5 minutes, or until the cheese melts and spreads slightly.

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Tip

The cheese might take more or less time to melt, depending on the brand. Start checking the cheese after a minute or so.

Step 9

Remove the meatballs from the oven. Add sliced olives on top of the cheese to create "eyeballs."

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Step 10

Serve the meatballs and sauce on top of the spaghetti.

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