meatballs in a cheese crisp cup

Meatballs In Cheese Crisps

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 8 Servings 1x

Make these Meatballs In Cheese Crisps for your next game day or holiday party! This unique, delicious appetizer will have everyone asking you for the recipe. High protein, low carb and crazy tasty.



  • 8 ounces shredded Castello┬« Havarti Herb & Spice cheese
  • 2 pounds meatloaf mix (a combination of beef, pork and veal, but can use all ground beef as well)
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups marinara sauce


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Place 2 tablespoons of the shredded havarti on the baking sheet, spacing out into 6 piles. The cheese will spread as it melts so you do need to space them out.
  4. Bake for 6 minutes, remove from the oven and let cool for one minute. Quickly, using a spatula, lift up a cheese crisp and place it in on an upside down muffin tin. Using your fingers, slightly press the cheese around the muffin tin to form a cup. Let the cheese cups cool for 5 minutes then repeat with the next batch.
  5. Once the cheese cups are done and cooling, make the meatballs. Add the meatloaf mix, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper, garlic powder, oregano, basil, parmesan cheese and eggs to a large bowl and mix well to combine.
  6. Make golf ball sized balls and place them on another parchment lined baking sheet. Bake the meatballs for 15 minutes until the meatballs are cooked through in the center. Place the meatballs into a large bowl and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.
  7. Warm the marinara sauce in the microwave or on the stove top.
  8. Assemble the cups by placing one meatball in each cheese cup and then top with a spoonful of the marinara sauce. Garnish with grated parmesan cheese and fresh basil if desired.

Recipe Notes

This recipe makes approximately makes approximately 24 appetizers, which we’re counting as 3 per person to serve 8.

Store: Store leftover meatballs in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Store leftover cheese crisps (unassembled) in a resealable bag for up to 3 days.

  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American / Italian

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