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Mozzarella-Stuffed Meatball Panini

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This rich and cheesy Mozzarella-Stuffed Meatball Panini is an ooey-gooey sandwich the whole family will love. Meatballs and tomato sauce are layered between slices of toasted Villaggio® Italian Style Thick Slice 100% Whole Wheat Bread for a savoury grilled sandwich that always hits the spot.

Deli Style
Sliced Bread


  • 4 slices Villaggio® Italian Style Thick Slice 100% Whole Wheat Bread
  • 1/4 lb (125 g) each lean ground beef and ground veal
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper
  • 4 (1/2-inch/1 cm) cubes mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups (500 mL) strained tomatoes or tomato sauce with basil
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) finely grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Mix ground beef with ground veal, garlic powder, salt, oregano and pepper.
  2. Roll and shape into 4 meatballs. Press 1 cube mozzarella into center of each meatball. Form meat around to enclose.
  3. Meanwhile bring strained tomatoes to a simmer set over medium heat. Add meatballs.
  4. Simmer, covered for 20 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through and tender.
  5. Preheat Panini press according to manufacturer's instructions.
  6. Sandwich 2 meatballs between 2 slices of bread.
  7. Top each with 1 tbsp (15 mL) Parmesan cheese.
  8. Cook sandwich in press for 2 to 3 minutes for 2 to 3 minutes or until bread is toasted.
  9. Serve with extra sauce.