Fried Pasta Shell Bites Stuffed With Meatballs & Cheese Balls: Hearty Snack On A Stick

Doesn't fried food on a stick just take you right back to your childhood and warm summer days at the state fair? You may have tried a lot of different carnival food over the years, but we doubt you've ever had something this good before! Deep-fried jumbo pasta shells stuffed with hearty meatballs or creamy cheese balls – life just doesn't get better than this.

You'll Need:

  • 4½ oz jumbo pasta shells

For the meat filling:

  • ½ day-old bread roll
  • 6 oz ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 2 tbsp parmesan
  • pepper
  • salt
  • 2 mozzarella pearls

For the cheese filling:

  • 4½ oz feta cheese
  • 1 oz olives, sliced
  • 1 oz sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1½ tbsp cream cheese
  • ½ tsp rosemary
  • pepper

For the breading:

  • 2 oz bread crumbs
  • ½ day-old bread roll
  • 2 oz flour
  • 3 eggs

Extra:

  • lollipop sticks
  • oil for frying

Here's How:

1. Cook the pasta shells about 3 minutes less than the instructions call for and set aside for now. Take a day-old bread roll and cut it in half, width-wise. Soak one half in a bowl of water, and grate the other half over a separate bowl which you will set aside for later.

2. Squeeze the water out of the wet bread roll well and add it to the ground beef. Add the egg, chopped garlic, parsley, and parmesan. Season everything with salt and pepper and mix the meat mixture together with your hands.

3. For the second filling, crumble the feta cheese into a bowl and add the finely chopped olives, sun-dried tomatoes, cream cheese, and chopped rosemary. Season the mixture with a little pepper and mix everything well.

4. Cut the two mozzarella pearls in half and stick one in the middle of each meatball you will form with your hands. Place each meatball inside two pasta shells.

5. Form small cheese balls from the cheese filling and place each cheese ball inside two pasta shells.

6. Add the crumbs from the day-old bread roll that you set aside in Step #1 to the bread crumbs. Dredge the stuffed pasta shells in flour, egg, and bread crumbs, stick lollipop or cake pop sticks in the breaded pasta bites, and fry in hot oil.

What a cool treat, and it brings a whole new meaning to the concept of finger food. Try experimenting with other fillings to spice things up a bit.

You can find the recipe for the Lasagna On A Stick featured in the bonus video here

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