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Giant Meatballs are on the menu for Talladega | NASCAR

by Dixie Haag | Posted on Sunday, April 29th, 2018

Photo courtesy of Talladega Superspeedway

The thing to eat today at Talladega Superspeedway is The Big One!  We all know the Big One will happen on the track, so why not enjoy The Big One yourself?  This oversized meatball, weighing in at over a pound, is made of meat (ground beef and BBQ pork), filled with mozzarella and pepper jack cheese, and rolled in panko bread crumbs before it’s deep fried.  At the track they garnish it with spaghetti and sriracha sauce.  Now that’s a big bite of deliciousness! 

If you’re wanting to give this a try at home. . .here’s what I plan to do.  I’m making a much smaller version to go along with my viewing on a smaller scale in front of my 55″ TV.  I’m going to make some cheese filled meatballs, drizzle them with spaghetti sauce and throw a few noodles in for good measure.  Here’s to the inevitable Big One!!!!

Here’s a good recipe from

Cheese Stuffed Meatballs

YIELDS: 4 – 6

4 string cheese packets (I’m going to substitute shredded mozzarella and pepper jack cheese for this)
1/2 lb. ground beef
1/2 lb. ground pork
1 c. breadcrumbs (I’ll use the panko here)
1 egg
1/4 c. chopped parsley (divided)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 c. Parmesan, plus more for serving
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 15-oz. jar marinara (I will add some sriracha)

  1. Cube string cheese into 1” cubes and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine ground beef, pork, breadcrumbs, eggs, 2 tablespoons of parsley, garlic cloves and Parmesan. Season to taste with salt and pepper and stir to combine. Scoop meatball mixture into small ball (about 2 tablespoons) and press 1 cube mozzarella into the center, sealing meat tightly around cheese. Repeat with remaining meatball mixture and cheese.
  3. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs and cook to brown on all sides. When the meatballs have developed a nice crust, remove them from the skillet and wipe the skillet clean. Return skillet to stovetop over medium heat. Pour marinara into the skillet then add the meatballs to the sauce. Spoon sauce over the meatballs. Cover the pan with a lid and simmer meatballs for another 12 minutes, or until cooked through.
  4. Serve warm. Garnish with more parsley and Parmesan if desired.


About the Author

Dixie Haag is married to Mike Haag. She is a mother to two fantastic young people and a life-long educator.

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