Thursday, January 28, 2010

Cheesy Meatballs

Cheesy Meatballs
(Low Carb Version)

1 Pound Ground Chuck
1 Pound Tennessee Pride Country Sausage (Mild)(or similar sausage with zero carbs)
2 Large Eggs
1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
1/4 Cup Onion, diced small
2 Cloves Garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon Dried Oregano
1/2 teaspoon Dried Basil
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper
3 Sticks of String Cheese

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together the beef, sausage, eggs, cheese, onion, garlic, oregano, basil, salt and pepper. Spray a muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray. Divide the meat mixture evenly into 9 portions (approx 1/2 cup each). Roll into balls and place 1 into each muffin well. Open each string cheese and cut each one into 3 pieces. Push 1 piece of cheese vertically into each meatball (you can leave it as is, or pinch the meat up around the cheese to seal it in). Bake for 20-30 minutes or until done. When done, you can eat them plain, or add your favorite low carb sauce.

Serves: 9
Per Serving: 380 Calories; 30g Fat (73.8% calories from fat); 23g Protein; 1g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 138mg Cholesterol; 718mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 2 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 1 1/2 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.

Cheesy Meatballs
(Reduced Fat Version - Note)

Even after trying to re-work this recipe to reduce the calories and fat, these would still end up to be 9 WWP each.  Do I think they're worth 9 WWP each? No. You could make them smaller and reduce the points that way, but I think the recipe I have for Meatloaf Muffins would be a better choice for anyone looking to reduce the calories and fat. They're about the same size and you could always stick cheese in those and still not add  many calories or fat to the total nutritional info. Click here for that recipe.

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