Goat Cheese Stuffed Spicy Meatballs

Here’s another exciting & very tasty recipe for spicy meatballs.

4 lb 80/20 ground beef
2 lb pork sausage
3/4 cup Italian breadcrumbs
2 tsp salt
2 tsp pepper
2 tsp dired basil
2 tsp dried oregano
5 cloves garlic, peeled & chopped
2 eggs
2 tsp Formato Brothers Hot Pepper Spread (drain excess oil)
5 oz goat cheese for stuffing into meatballs once they are thoroughly mixed

Mix all ingredients together.  Use your hands….it’s therapeutic.  : )

Roll about 2 Tblsp into palm of hand, with your thumb press down to create a space to accommodate 1/2 tsp of goat cheese.  Use a small measuring spoon to be consistent.

Place on a rack on a baking sheet in a preheated 350 degree oven.  Bake for 25 minutes until brown.

Or….fry in canola or vegetable oil at 360 degrees turning over after a minute or so until brown.  Then place on a metal rack to drain off excess oil.









–Carl Formato



Papa Carl’s Eggplant Parmesan

Steak stuffed mushroomsIngredients
3 large eggplant
Pagliacci marinara sauce
Pagliacci grated Parmesan cheese
sea salt in a grinder
pepper in a grinder
Pagliacci dried oregano leaves (do not use fresh)
Pagliacci dried basil leaves (do not use fresh)
goat cheese
aluminum pans (round or square)

Rinse eggplant under cold water, then dry w/ paper towels.
Slice 1/8″ thick (thicker slices produce a different taste; I like to use very thin slices for this recipe).
Heat non-stick pancake griddle or frying pan; needs to be very hot.
Do not spray w/ anything.
Cook slices about 2 minutes on each side or until nicely browned.
Remove slices from pan, place on a dish for a few moments.

Put 2 Tblsp marinara sauce in each pan, spread evenly over bottom.
Place 1 layer of sliced eggplant over sauce.
Lightly sprinkle dried oregano over the slices.
Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese over the oregano.

Add 3 Tblsp marinara sauce.
Place 1 layer of sliced eggplant over sauce.
Lightly sprinkle dried basil over the slices.
Add several turns of the pepper mill over the slices.
Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese over the basil & pepper.

Add 2 – 3 Tblsp marinara sauce.
Place a third layer of eggplant slices over the sauce.
Add several turns of the sea salt

Add 2 -3 Tblsp marinara sauce, filling in the gaps where needed.
Abundantly sprinkle Parmesan cheese to cover.
Break up goat cheese & position several dollops on top of Parmesan cheese.

Add a Tblsp EVOO over the top.

Bake 350 degrees for 40 minutes or freeze for another day.  Delicioso!

Buon Appetito!



Spicy Goat Cheese Meatballs

Spicy Goat Cheese Meatballs
Tasty !


1.5 lb ground beef (use lean)
1 lb hot Italian sausage
1/2 lb goat cheese
1 cup garlic/herb Italian bread crumbs
4 cloves garlic (chop into small pieces)
2 large eggs
1 Tblsp Formato Brothers Hot Pepper Spread (drain first)
1 Tblsp oregano leaves (dried)
1 Tblsp basil leaves (dried)
salt – add as needed
pepper  – add as needed

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Mix all items together.

Place on wire racks over a cookie sheet.  Bake for 22 minutes.

Can be frozen for impromptu parties.