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    Meatballs in Sofrito Sauce

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    Ceezie's Note:

    Sofrito is a rich sautéed mixture that makes for a great tomato sauce. It is used in many Puerto Rican dishes. Use a lean ground beef—but not the leanest—so that the meatballs will be tender.

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    Sofrito Sauce


    Lime-Cilantro Gremolata


    1. 1
      To prepare Sofrito Sauce, heat oil in a medium saucepan. Add onion, pepper and garlic. Sauté until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a blender or food processor. Add tomatoes, water and cilantro. Blend or process until smooth. Add salt and pepper.
    2. 2
      To prepare meatballs, combine beef, olives, egg, breadcrumbs, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper. Mix well. Form mixture into 30 (1-inch) meatballs. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add meatballs and cook until browned on all sides. Drain off fat.
    3. 3
      Add sofrito sauce to skillet. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer until meatballs are thoroughly cooked, about 15 minutes; uncover the last 5 minutes of cooking, if necessary, to thicken sauce. Transfer meatballs and sauce to a serving dish or individual shot glasses.
    4. 4
      To prepare Gremolata, combine lime rind, cilantro and garlic; mix well. Sprinkle over meatballs and serve.

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    Nutritional Facts for Meatballs in Sofrito Sauce

    Serving Size: 1 (142 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 10

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 179.9
    Calories from Fat 103
    Total Fat 11.5 g
    Saturated Fat 2.8 g
    Cholesterol 50.6 mg
    Sodium 464.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 8.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.3 g
    Sugars 2.6 g
    Protein 11.0 g

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