Cheese Stuffed Meatballs

My family decided to start a new holiday tradition this year by making all sorts of yummy food and binge watching our favorite holiday movies on Christmas Eve. It was a blast. Perfect family fun time, great food, and we got to introduce my little guy to Christmas Classics, like a Garfield Christmas Special and Home Alone. πŸ™‚

My job for this feast was meatballs. Meatballs are not a traditional holiday meal item, but who cares? They are yummy and stay perfect at a low heat in sauce for hours. But how could I make these meatballs extra special?

Duh. How do you make any food extra special? You add a bunch of cheese, of course! πŸ™‚

So I whipped out my Versonel Pressure Cooker, and went to work.

 

What You Need:

1lb ground sausage

1lb of ground pork

1lb block of cheddar, cut into small cubes – 1/2 in will be fine, but you can certainly make them bigger or smaller if you want a cheesy explosion πŸ™‚

1/4 cup shredded Parmesan

1/2 cup breadcrumbs

1 egg

2Β jars tomato sauce

 

What You Do:

Mix the pork, sausage, parmesan, breadcrumbs and egg together – use your hands! πŸ™‚

I used a standard 1″ cookie scoop to make my meatballs – roll them up, and keep your hands wet to keep the meat from sticking.

Once you make your balls, push them flat, add a cube of cheese, and press the meat all around, sealing it as best you can.

Throw the cheese/meatballs in your pressure cooker with enough sauce to cover them. Depending on the size of your meatball, you may need less than 2 jars.

Set your pressure cooker to the stew setting and…

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Cheese. Meat. Sauce. Is there anything better??

 

Get your Versonel Pressure Cooker HERE, and join in the cheesy fun with me! πŸ™‚

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Air Fryer French Toast

Is there anything better than sleeping in on a lazy Sunday morning, only to wake up to the delicious smell of french toast being made? Β Yeah, bacon goes well with that too, but I already showed you how to make bacon here. πŸ™‚

 

So french toast. I have to redirect for a moment to my adorable 4 year old. I told him I was making french toast, and being a typical picky 4 year old he informed me that he doesn’t like toast. or french. Don’t worry – i had him eating his words AND this french toast in just a few minutes πŸ™‚

 

What you need:

An Egg

1/2 c milk – i used vanilla almond milk for an extra kick of sweetness

Cinnamon, sugar, vanilla

Bread – cut into strips of 4

Cooking/Baking Spray

 

What you do:

Spray your air fryer pan! This will be a stick mess if you don’t!

Mix up your egg, milk and seasoning. The seasons are up to you. I use about a tablespoon of sugar, maybe a teaspoon of cinnamon and a dash of vanilla.

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Dunk your bread sticks into the mixture, making sure you get each one covered, and plop them in your air fryer.

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Set your air fryer for 360 degrees and cook for 5 minutes. Take out your basket, spray the top of the french toast sticks with baking spray, flip and cook for another 5 minutes or until slightly crunchy.

End Result:

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So Good!

 

NOW – here is an extra special bonus!

I had some left over french toast mixture and I didn’t want to waste it…. SO i grabbed one of my son’s uncrustable peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, dredged it in the batter, and repeated the process above, but only for 3-4 minutes each side.

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Boy am I glad my kiddo didn’t see me make this, because I inhaled it. It was AMAZING!!!!

Get your air fryer HERE!

Un-stuffed Cabbage Rolls

When it is this cold outside, I spend most of my time dreaming of different things I can cook. Food that warms you up, inside and out. Food that feeds your body and soul. Foods that typically take forever and a day in a crock pot, but I can now whip up in minutes in my awesome new Versonel Pressure Cooker, found here.

My recipe for un-stuffed cabbage rolls does all that, and more! It’s yummy, hearty, and makes me smile all over.

 

Here is what you need:

1lb of ground pork or sausage

1 large can of crushed tomatoes

1 small can of tomato paste

1.5 cups of rice

1/2 head of cabbage

Seasoning – i used salt, pepper, ground mustard, garlic and onion powder

 

Here is what you do:

Turn your pressure cooker on HOT

Brown your ground sausage in the cooker, adding in at least a teaspoon of all the seasonings – i went a little crazy with the ground mustard, like i do with most recipes because i freakin’ love it

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Cut your cabbage into strips and throw it on top when the meat is brown

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Throw the rice on top, then add both cans of tomatoes

Fill the large can with water at least 1 time to add to cooker, more if you want this to be more of a stew/soup

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Mix it – make sure rice is fully covered

Set your pressure cooker for 35 minutes. Once the time is up, release the steam and enjoy!

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LOVE. I’ll be eating this for lunch all week, co-workers be warned! πŸ™‚