My family loves Italian inspired dishes. In fact, anytime I add an Italian meal to my weekly meal plan, I know that dinner is sure to disappear. As the weather begins to cool down and the days are getting shorter, I’m embracing the Italian tradition of long family dinners full of laughter and food. While my guys have the laughter part down pat and we can talk for hours, I’ve made it my mission to create delicious dishes that we love gathering around and that bring my boys back time and time again. Now, I’ve been making Italian classics like spaghetti and lasagna for years but recently, I decided to give my traditional recipes a twist with a little help from Carando Meatballs! With a little creativity and a little experimentation, I was able to come up with one of my family’s new favorite meals; Cheesy Marinara Meatball Bites.
So, I’m sure you have two questions right about now….why “bites” and why Carando meatballs. And the answer to both is simple! My family loves finger foods. We also love the ability to mix things up to create different meals quickly and easily. With the preparation of these Cheesy Marinara Meatball Bites, I can make a variety of meals from bite sized finger foods that are perfect when we’re on the go to plates of spaghetti or even meatball subs. The preparation for all of these dishes is the same and I love that I can bring my entire family around the table for a meal that we can all customize to our tastes in just a few easy steps! I’ll be showing you how to make it soon but first, I need to tell you why Carando Meatballs. In the past, I’ve always made my own meatballs because I’ve had a hard time finding meatballs that are authentic in their taste and not stuffed with tons of filler. But since I’ve discovered Carando meatballs at Food Lion all that has changed! Available in the meats section of my local Food Lion, these meatballs are bursting with authentic flavor that comes through in each and every bite! It’s so easy to locate them on the Food Lion shelves and they are an easy addition to many of my Italian meals!
To really understand why Carando meatballs are better than all the rest, it’s important to know where the tradition of their authentic taste started. Carando’s passionate story begins nearly a century ago along the cobblestone streets of Tornio, Italy. There, founder Pete Carando learned the Italian tradition of sausage-making as an apprentice at his local butcher shop. Taking that knowledge and expanding on it, he set sail for America with authentic recipes in hand and began handcrafting the finest Italian meats this country had ever tasted. To this day, Carando has remained true to those original recipes and to the old world craftmanship that has helped Carando earn its place as one of the world’s finest purveyors of Italian deli meats. That same taste that they have used from the beginning is what really sets Carando meatballs and these easy-to-make Cheesy Marinara Meatball Bites apart!
What You Will Need
1-2 Packs of Carando Abruzzese Recipe Italian Meatballs
1 Jar of Marinara Sauce
8-10 Slices of Provolone Cheese
How to Make It
I personally love making these Cheesy Marinara Meatball Bites by baking them on a pan and then putting the dish together in a skillet because it’s so versatile! My hubby loves to dish them out over pasta, my oldest son loves them on a whole wheat roll and my little guy loves to eat them as bites on crostini pieces! No matter how you choose to serve them, they are crazy delicious! For today though, I’m going to show you how to make this delicious dinner and then turn in into a finger food that’s perfect for dinner or even those upcoming holiday gatherings! Since Carando meatballs come perfectly made without any need for mixing, measuring or rolling, all I have to do to start this dish is pull out my ingredients and open my packages of meatballs. Then I’m able to place them easily onto a lined baking pan and cook them according to the direction on the back of the package until they are perfectly cooked.
Once my Carando meatballs are cooked to perfection, I pull them out of the oven and prepare my skillet by pouring a third of my jar of marinara sauce on the bottom.
Next, I fill my skillet with my perfectly cooked Carando meatballs.
While I’m filling my skillet, it’s easy to see the seasoning that is such an important part of the Carando taste! With authentic flavor in each and every bite, there is no need to add tons of seasoning or extras…Carando meatballs are perfect just as they are! After placing my meatballs in my skillet, all I have to do is pour the remainder of my marinara sauce over the top and then add my cheese.
Back into the oven my Cheese Marinara Meatball Bites go on high broil until the cheese on top is slightly brown and bubbly.
Then I’m able to remove my skillet from the oven, add a little parsley and my Cheesy Marinara Meatball Bites are ready to be served!
One of my favorite ways to serve this dish to both family and friends is by laying out several crostini and then placing a meatball and a piece of parsley on top of each one! It’s a fun and easy-to-eat finger food that always brings my family running and that allows us to really savor the flavor of Carando meatballs!
With the Carando meatballs as the star of this easy dish, we’re able to have a fun dinner that is delicious and easy-to-eat! In fact, even my picky little guy begs for this dish which is a total win in my eyes!
After adding a side salad or some Italian seasoned veggies, I’ve got a quick and easy meal that’s a new take on a classic dish! And the best part is, it’s so easy to make thanks to the addition of authentic Carando meatballs!
Whether you just love authentic Italian meatballs or are looking for an easy dish that the whole family can enjoy, I encourage to find a new take on an Italian classic and pick up your Carando Meatballs from Food Lion today!
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Tell me, what’s your favorite recipe to feature Carando meatballs in?