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    Perfect Meatballs

    Total Time:

    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    3 hrs 20 mins

    20 mins

    3 hrs

    Chef #443166's Note:

    A traditional Italian meatball, slow cooked in a basic Pomodoro Sauce (see "Perfect Pomodoro Sauce"). The idea is to make these as moist and as un-meatloaf tasting as possible. If the meat doesn't seem to "stick" together, add a few more breadcrumbs than whats called for. Slow cooking them in the sauce is the key

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    Ingredients:

    Serves: 4

    Yield:

    meatballs

    Units: US | Metric

    Directions:

    1. 1
      Grate the onion, set aside (will include a lot of juice, or water).
    2. 2
      Mince the garlic very finely, put the salt and olive oil onto it, and with the back end of a chef's knife, work the garlic into a paste.
    3. 3
      ** Alternative, or if you don't know how to do this, just mince the garlic and onions as finely as you can.
    4. 4
      In a large bowl, add the meat, onion, garlic, egg, bread crumbs, parm cheese, basil, pesto, 3 tbsp olive oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
    5. 5
      Mix by hand just to combine - do not work it too much.
    6. 6
      Form into balls between the size of a golf ball and a large egg, not working the meat too much. Make as much as you can, about 11-12 and put on a plate.
    7. 7
      Heat the 4 tbsp olive oil on high heat in a saute pan.
    8. 8
      Brown the meatballs on all sides, about 2-3 minutes per side.
    9. 9
      Place the already prepared pomodoro sauce in a crock pot, or a large pot on the stove, and carefully add the meatballs.
    10. 10
      Cook for at least 3 hours on low (I cook mine for around 6 hours in a crock pot), stirring occasionally.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 01, 2008

      55

      An excellent recipe! I did add 1/2 tsp of Penzy's Northwoods Fire for some added perkiness.

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    Nutritional Facts for Perfect Meatballs

    Serving Size: 1 (209 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 549.2
     
    Calories from Fat 373
    67%
    Total Fat 41.4 g
    63%
    Saturated Fat 10.7 g
    53%
    Cholesterol 137.6 mg
    45%
    Sodium 1436.2 mg
    59%
    Total Carbohydrate 12.7 g
    4%
    Dietary Fiber 2.0 g
    8%
    Sugars 2.3 g
    9%
    Protein 31.2 g
    62%

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    pesto sauce

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