Spooky time! Whether you need a recipe for a fun party or the Halloween season, these spectacularly creepy meatball eyeballs are fun and easy to prepare for your needs in just 30 minutes.
What Do I Need?
Today’s recipe calls for a few main ingredients to create each part of the “eyeball” illusion. Meatballs, mozzarella pearls, olives, and maybe some toothpicks for keeping the “eyes” together while cooking. You prepare these in the oven, and this particular recipe uses pre-cooked meatballs to cut down on prep time.
How Do I Get Mozzarella Pearls?
Suppose you’ve never heard of mozzarella pearls before; you’re probably wondering how to get these from your local store. Mozzarella pearls are just a form of mozzarella cheese shaped into small balls, hence the name pearls. They’re sold in packages labeled exactly what the recipe calls for at many different stores.
Can I Make My Meatballs?
Of course! Making your meatballs is an experience many people love, and it can help if you want to have a slice of different meat than what is sold in pre-cooked versions or generally add more effort to this snack. It’ll be upon the cook and prep time, but you get added benefits from flavor and size by making your own.
How Do I Serve Meatball Eyeballs?
This little snack can be eaten and arranged on a plate for display, with toothpicks or tongs to pick the meatballs up or used in any dish where you’d normally use meatballs. Adding pasta sauce for decoration or serving can make the dish even more spooky-themed. Just eat them how you and your friends want to!
Can I Store These?
Luckily the recipe is quick and easy to prep, so you don’t have to make these days before a party or event, but you may want to store leftovers for finishing off another day. Put any leftovers from your creation into a storage container, cover them, and keep them in the fridge to reheat another time!
What Do I Do With Extra Supplies?
If you had to purchase more than the recipe calls for of any ingredient or end up with leftover olives, meatballs, or mozzarella, there are many ways to use it. Olives can be snacks, made in recipes, and more. Just store them according to the jar directions. The rest can be put in pasta dishes, pizza, and so on pretty easily or something else!
When Do I Make Meatball Eyeballs?
Some ideas for when to make and serve meatball eyeballs include April Fools, Halloween, spooky-themed parties, fun game or movie nights, and more! You can make them anytime, but these ideas are best if you want to make your dish fit a theme or the mood of the party or day. Maybe even make them for dinner!
Do I Have to Use Olives?
If you have an aversion to or allergy to olives but still want to create a fun food, you’re in luck! While we can’t say any alternative will look quite as good as the olive option (maybe if you’re able to, just remove the olive before eating), you can opt-out of using this ingredient and follow the other steps.
No matter what you need them for, these meatball eyeballs are ready to shock your friends and family and maybe cause a little giggle for those with good humor. If you have a half-hour set aside, continue to the recipe below to try these creepy meatball eyeballs for yourself!
Creepy Meatball Eyeballs
- 32 oz bag of fully cooked meatballs
- 8 oz mozzarella pearls
- 6 oz of olives (you can buy sliced if you like, or slice them yourself)
- Toothpicks (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350-degrees, or the temperature it calls for on the back of your meatballs, if not using the same brand.
- If your olives are not sliced already, slice them.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and place the meatballs on the baking sheet, in a single layer.
- Bake for 15-18 minutes, and remove from the oven.
- Set a mozzarella pearl on top of each meatball. *Optional: hold mozzarella pearl in place with a toothpick to ensure it doesn’t slip off.
- Return to the oven, and bake for an additional 2 minutes.
- Remove the toothpicks from the mozzarella pearls, and place a sliced olive on top, pushing the mozzarella pearl down slightly.
- Serve warm with barbecue sauce, or your favorite dipping sauce.