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    Tamale Balls

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    riffraff's Note:

    This was in my local paper, from a PTA member. Easy to put together and very popular on a buffet. I have put the pan directly from the oven on the buffet table (after adding the sauce and cheese). They were gone before they got cold. I like them spicy so I add so cayenne to the ball mixture.

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    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. 2
      In a large bowl, combine cornbread crumbs, 1/2 cup enchilada sauce, minced garlic (if using) and salt.
    3. 3
      Add ground chuck and mix well.
    4. 4
      Shape into 1-inch balls and place in a shallow baking dish.
    5. 5
      Add a little more of the enchilada sauce, a tablespoon at a time, if it's not holding together good.
    6. 6
      Meatballs can be made in advance up to the point and refrigerated; allow to come to room temperature before baking.
    7. 7
      Bake uncovered, 18 to 20 minutes.
    8. 8
      Meanwhile in a saucepan, stir together tomato sauce and remaining enchilada sauce and heat gently until heated through.
    9. 9
      Transfer cooked meatballs to chafing dish or crockpot.
    10. 10
      Pour sauce over and top with cheese.
    11. 11
      Keep warm over low heat and serve with toothpicks.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on September 21, 2011


      I really loved the taste of these meatballs and the idea of using enchilada/tomato sauce to cover them in a chafing dish. The only problem was that the meatballs fell apart after cooking them. I think next time I will add some grated cheese and a bit more cornbread to the meatballs to help hold them together. I will definitely try them again. Made for the Tailgating tag, September, 2011.

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    Nutritional Facts for Tamale Balls

    Serving Size: 1 (1254 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 24.1
    Calories from Fat 15
    Total Fat 1.6 g
    Saturated Fat 0.7 g
    Cholesterol 6.5 mg
    Sodium 68.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 0.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.1 g
    Sugars 0.3 g
    Protein 1.7 g

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