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    Fairwell Family Secret Meatball Recipe

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    4 hrs 25 mins

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    4 hrs

    Rose's Granddaughter's Note:

    The secret is pumpkin. Yes, you heard that right, sweet delicious pureed pumpkin! This is a great recipe to cook if you have finicky eaters that don't want to eat healthy. I created this for my husband who actually happens to love pumpkin. Great for cooking in a crockpot and leaving for 8-10 hours to cook. Easy, healthy and rich in nutrients. Great novelty item to serve at Thanksgiving.

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    1. 1
      Mix tomatoes, pumpkin and butter in bottom of crockpot. Turn crockpot onto low with lid off.
    2. 2
      Mix the remaining ingredients together in a mixing bowl and form large 1-2 inch meatballs.
    3. 3
      After forming each meatball, place on top of sauce in crockpot. Will eventually have a pyramid of meatballs.
    4. 4
      Cover crockpot and leave to cook on low for 8-10 hours, or on high for 4-5 hours.
    5. 5
      I like to drain a little of the fat after 3 hours of cooking.
    6. 6
      Serve over your favorite pasta or rice mix. Thick enough to serve alone as main course.
    7. 7
      Feel free to try different variations of your favorite herbs such as Italian seasoning, etc. The flavor from the meatballs will seep into the sauce.
    8. 8
      Thick enough to make meatball sandwiches.
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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 14, 2011


      Had this yesterday (a Sunday, I love the slow cooker for Sundays!) served over rice with broccoli and a salad for sides. I was looking for a way to use up some canned pumpkin, and although I was a little hesitant when I saw this recipe, it smelled and turned out great. I really liked the texture and flavor of the sauce. I would not add the sugar as FurryLoo suggested. We liked it as is. The meatball part of the recipe comes out to about 3 "medium-smallish" meatballs per person if you are going by the suggested 12 servings. I was OK with just 3 meatballs, but if I was having guests or using this for meatball sandwiches I would probably make a little extra.

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    • on March 25, 2008


      I halved the recipe (kept the spice amounts in the meatballs the same though). I also lightened the recipe a bit by using only 1 T of olive oil and using half beef and half turkey. Still needed to have some of the extra fat skimmed off the top. The sauce is very interesting, and I liked that it was less acidic than the usual all tomato sauce. The meatballs had a nice flavor to them. Cooked just fine in 4.5 hours on high in a crockpot.

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    • on January 13, 2006


      This smelled wonderful while cooking. I used frozen premade meatballs and cooked them in the sauce on the stove. The sauce was very thick and rich. Went well over noodles. The 5 year old thought the meatballs were great. My S.O. thought it was Ok, adult daughter didnt care for them and I liked them.

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    Nutritional Facts for Fairwell Family Secret Meatball Recipe

    Serving Size: 1 (264 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 12

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 294.3
    Calories from Fat 171
    Total Fat 19.0 g
    Saturated Fat 7.1 g
    Cholesterol 77.1 mg
    Sodium 105.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 8.1 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.2 g
    Sugars 2.9 g
    Protein 22.4 g

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