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Meatballs (Cajoñes)

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It takes a pair... of meatballs, that is to make good Dude Food. Sean’s got the carnivore’s version with ground beef and Adam’s going, going, gone veggie. Both recipes are simple, easy to make, and sure to be a hit at the next potluck dinner you really never wanted to go to in the first place. For Adam's Veggie Meatballs recipe, click here Adam's Veggie Meatballs.
  Ground beef 1 Pound
  Bread crumbs 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Eggs 1
  Onion 1⁄2 Medium, finely chopped
  Garlic powder 1 Tablespoon
  Parmesan cheese 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (plus more for garnish)
  Kosher salt To Taste
  Pepper To Taste
  Marinara sauce 25 Ounce
  Fresh cilantro leaves/Italian flat leaf parsley 1 Tablespoon, chopped finely

1. Pour the marinara sauce into a large pot over low heat. Cover and let it come to a simmer.
2. In a large bowl, put your ground beef (you can also use turkey, pork, chicken, veal, whatever floats your boat, Dude), bread crumbs, egg, onion, garlic powder, parmesan cheese and some salt & pepper to your liking.
3. Using your hands (yes, your hands - go wash them if you haven’t already) gently combine the ingredients. DON’T GO CRAZY over mixing this stuff, just enough to get it combined. Otherwise, you’re meatballs with be hard as a rock. And that’s a bad thing.
4. Next, still using your hands, form the meat into, well, balls. Golfball-sized is good. Don’t make them too big (ahem).
5. Finally, put the meatballs into your marinara sauce, turn the heat up to medium, bring to a simmer, then back down to low and then let them go for about 20 minutes or so. Don’t fuss with them. Just let them do their thing.
6. Give them a stir or two, but be gentle, you don’t want to break them into pieces. Then let them go for another 5-10 minutes.

7. To serve, pour a couple tablespoons’ worth of marinara sauce into a bowl, then 2 or 3 meatballs, then some more sauce, garnish with cilantro and parmesan cheese. Now you got some cajoñes like no other, Dude!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Channel:, HeTV
High Protein
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
30 Minutes
Ready In: 
40 Minutes

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 508 Calories from Fat 333

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 37 g57%

Saturated Fat 13.5 g67.5%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 141.4 mg47.1%

Sodium 647.6 mg27%

Total Carbohydrates 18 g6%

Dietary Fiber 2.6 g10.5%

Sugars 5.6 g

Protein 26 g52.9%

Vitamin A 7.3% Vitamin C 6%

Calcium 17.5% Iron 9.8%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

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