Prep Time: 10 min. • Cook Time: 25 min.
Preheat oven to 400°F. Peel and finely chop garlic. Pick basil leaves and julienne. Crack egg and whisk. Cut string cheese into ½-inch pieces. Cut baguette in half lengthwise and then cut each half into 4 even pieces.
In a large bowl, combine ground beef, bread crumbs, chili flakes, whisked egg, salt, and pepper. Using your hands, gently mix all the ingredients together until well combined. Divide meat mixture into ping-pong size portions. Flatten meat and place a cube of cheese in the center. Form meat around the cheese into a ball so that meat is totally covering the cheese.
In a large sauté pan, heat olive oil on high for one minute. Place the meatballs in the pan and sear on all sides, rotating every minute or so. Pour in the jar of tomato sauce and ½ cup of water. Lower heat to medium and simmer meatballs for 15 minutes, until the internal temperature of the meatballs reaches 160°F.
While the meatballs are cooking, melt butter in a small pan. Turn the heat off and stir in the chopped garlic. Spoon the garlic butter mixture onto the insides of the cut baguette and sprinkle with half of the Parmesan. Place in the oven for 10 minutes.
Place 2 baguette pieces on each plate and spoon meatballs and sauce over the bread. Garnish with remaining Parmesan and basil.
Approximate Nutritional Information (Per serving):
Calories 880, Fat 48g, Sat. Fat 21g, Trans Fat 1.5g, Cholesterol 215mg, Sodium 1970mg, Total Carbohydrate 58g, Fiber 2g, Sugars 12g, Protein 56g
ALLERGEN INFORMATION: Tree Nut-Free, Peanut-Free