Spooky Sweet Potato “Worms” with Oozing Beef “Eyeballs”

Spooky Sweet Potato “Worms” with Oozing Beef “Eyeballs”

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Servings: 3

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Ingredients

  • For the meatballs:
  • ½ pound 90% lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon freshly minced parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano flakes
  • 1.5 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • For the eyeballs:
  • 3 small mozzarella pearls, sliced in half (about ½ inch in diameter)
  • 3 jumbo pitted black olives, sliced width-wise into two hollow circles
  • For the pasta and sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ cup diced red onion
  • 1 15oz cans crushed tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano flakes
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil flakes
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled, Blade C, noodles trimmed

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. Place all of your ingredients for the meatballs into a bowl and mix together. Using your hands, mold into slightly larger than golfball sized meatballs, about 6. Arrange on the baking tray. In each meatball, press your fingertip into the center to create a cavity for the “eyeball.” Set aside.
  3. In a large saucepan over medium heat, add in the olive oil. Once the oil heats, add in the garlic. Let garlic cook for 30 seconds and add in the red pepper flakes and onions. Let cook for 2 minutes or until onions begin to soften. Add in the tomatoes, tomato paste and season with salt, pepper, basil and oregano.
  4. Stir to combine the seasonings, lower heat to a simmer and cook for about 2 minutes to allow flavors to develop. Reserve 3 teaspoons of the sauce in a bowl and then turn off the heat on the stovetop, but leave the skillet there.
  5. Place a half-teaspoon of the reserved sauce into the eyeball cavities of the meatballs. Top with a mozzarella piece and top with an olive slice. Cook for 18-20 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through and eyeball cheese is oozing.
  6. Five minutes into cooking the meatballs, turn the heat back to a low simmer and then add in the sweet potato noodles, toss and cook for 10 minutes or until sweet potato noodles are cooked through.
  7. Divide the noodles onto plates and top with 2 meatballs.