Stuffed with caramelized onions and mozzarella, these French Onion Meatballs are a hearty meal inspired by the classic au gratin soup recipe. A comfort food dinner the entire family will enjoy!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ My family and I love this recipe, thank you! I cook this all the time. -Rachelle
1 hr 30 mins
Ingredients For the onions: – 1 Tablespoon olive oil – 2 large onions, halved and thinly sliced – 1/2 Tablespoon fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme – 1 teaspoon salt – 1/2 teaspoon pepper – 1/4 cup beef broth – 1/4 cup red wine or more beef broth
Ingredients For the meatballs: – 1 1/2 lbs ground beef – 1/4 cup bread crumbs or ground oats, gluten free, if needed – 1 Tablespoon minced fresh parsley – 3/4 teaspoon pepper – 1 teaspoon kosher salt – 1 large egg – 8 oz mozzarella cheese, cut about 1-2 oz. into sixteen approximately half-inch cubes to stuff the meatballs, then shred the rest – 1/2 Tablespoon olive oil – Fresh chopped parsley for garnish, optional
Ingredients For the sauce: – 1 3/4 cup beef broth – 1/4 cup red wine or more beef broth – 2 Tablespoons cornstarch – salt & pepper to taste
Heat oil in a skillet over medium, add onions, salt & pepper, cook 15-20 minutes, stirring frequently or until caramelized.
Add thyme, sauté for minute or two, then add the wine and beef broth. Reduce until very little liquid remains. Set aside.
Combine all ingredients except the cheese in a large bowl, and gently combine with your hands.
Divide the meat mixture into sixteen equal pieces and flatten each one. Place about a half tablespoon of the onions and one cube of cheese in the center.
Wrap the meatball around the onions and cheese, sealing as best you can. Repeat with the remaining meat, onions, and cheese cubes.
Heat the oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add the meatballs and brown on all sides.
Whisk together the sauce ingredients and pour over the meatballs. Place in the oven and bake at 375°F for 15-20 minutes.
Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the meatballs and bake for another 15-20 minutes, or until cooked through, then broil for 2-3 minutes until golden and bubbly.
Garnish with fresh parsley, if desired, and enjoy over rice, mashed potatoes, pasta, or just one their own.