Pepperoni Meatball Surprise

Pepperoni Meatball Surprise
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Pepperoni meatball suprise

Pepperoni Meatball Surprise is a delightful dish that combines the savory taste of classic meatballs with the zesty kick of pepperoni. Perfect for a family dinner or a small gathering, this recipe is sure to impress your guests with its unique and mouthwatering flavors.


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pepperoni
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Fresh basil leaves (optional, for garnish)


  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Prepare the Meatball Mixture: In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, egg, chopped pepperoni, minced garlic, dried oregano, dried basil, salt, and pepper. Mix until all ingredients are well incorporated.
  3. Form the Meatballs: Shape the mixture into 16 evenly-sized meatballs.
  4. Cook the Meatballs: In a large oven-safe skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the meatballs and cook until they are browned on all sides, about 5-7 minutes.
  5. Add the Sauce: Pour the marinara sauce over the meatballs in the skillet. Make sure the meatballs are fully coated with the sauce.
  6. Bake: Transfer the skillet to the preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  7. Add the Cheese: Remove the skillet from the oven and sprinkle the shredded mozzarella cheese over the meatballs. Return the skillet to the oven and bake for an additional 5-7 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  8. Garnish and Serve: Remove the skillet from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. Garnish with fresh basil leaves if desired. Serve hot.

Pepperoni Meatball Surprise is a simple yet delicious dish that brings a new twist to traditional meatballs. The combination of pepperoni and marinara sauce adds a burst of flavor that will leave everyone asking for seconds. Enjoy this hearty meal with a side of garlic bread or a fresh salad for a complete dining experience.

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