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Alligator Meatballs

Alligator Meatballs

Beef, chicken, fish, or pork? How about alligator? Yes, a little back fat from the pork gives these alligator meatballs the richness that people have come to expect from this comfort-food favorite. Serve them with your favorite sauce for an exciting meal.

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Notes

*Note: You can find ready-made sofrito in the ethnic or international foods aisle of your grocery store; Goya, for example, sells a jarred version.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 Pounds coarsely ground alligator loin meat
  • 1 Pound coarsely ground pork
  • 1 Pound coarsely ground pork back fat
  • 1/2 Cup sofrito*
  • 1 Tablespoon cayenne
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Meat Magic seasoning
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 Teaspoon sugar
  • 1 Cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 -2 quarts chicken stock

Directions

Preheat a convection oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, mix the alligator, pork, and back fat together thoroughly. Add the remaining ingredients except for the chicken stock and mix well, but do not overmix. Form into 2-ounce meatballs. Place the meatballs in a deep baking dish and fill about 1-inch with chicken stock. Cover with aluminum foil and place in the oven for 45 minutes.

Nutritional Facts
Servings9
Calories Per Serving571
Total Fat32g50%
Sugar4gN/A
Saturated11g56%
Cholesterol157mg52%
Protein52g100%
Carbs17g6%
Vitamin A47µg5%
Vitamin B124µg60%
Vitamin B61mg65%
Vitamin C4mg6%
Vitamin D0.1µgN/A
Vitamin E0.8mg4%
Vitamin K10µg13%
Calcium73mg7%
Fiber2g7%
Folate (food)27µgN/A
Folate equivalent (total)43µg11%
Folic acid10µgN/A
Iron5mg28%
Magnesium66mg17%
Monounsaturated14gN/A
Niacin (B3)14mg72%
Phosphorus537mg77%
Polyunsaturated3gN/A
Potassium1053mg30%
Riboflavin (B2)0.7mg40.1%
Sodium962mg40%
Sugars, added0.1gN/A
Thiamin (B1)1mg70%
Trans0.3gN/A
Zinc10mg65%