Alligator Meatballs

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Alligator Meatballs
Alligator Meatballs
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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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9
Servings
571
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

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.

Meatball Shopping Tip

Most cattle are fed a diet of grass until they are sent to a feedlot – where they are finished on corn. When possible, choose beef from cattle that are “100% grass fed” - it will be more expensive, but better for your health.

Meatball Cooking Tip

The method used to cook beef is dependent on the cut. Cuts that are more tender, like filet mignon, should be cooked for a relatively short amount of time over high heat by grilling or sautéing. While less tender cuts, like brisket and short ribs, should be cooked for a longer time with lower heat by braising or stewing.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
32g
50%
Sugar
4g
N/A
Saturated Fat
11g
56%
Cholesterol
157mg
52%
Protein
52g
100%
Carbs
17g
6%
Vitamin A
47µg
5%
Vitamin B12
4µg
60%
Vitamin B6
1mg
65%
Vitamin C
4mg
6%
Vitamin D
0.1µg
N/A
Vitamin E
0.8mg
4%
Vitamin K
10µg
13%
Calcium
73mg
7%
Fiber
2g
7%
Folate (food)
27µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
43µg
11%
Folic acid
10µg
N/A
Iron
5mg
28%
Magnesium
66mg
17%
Monounsaturated
14g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
14mg
72%
Phosphorus
537mg
77%
Polyunsaturated
3g
N/A
Potassium
1053mg
30%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.7mg
40.1%
Sodium
962mg
40%
Sugars, added
0.1g
N/A
Thiamin (B1)
1mg
70%
Trans
0.3g
N/A
Zinc
10mg
65%

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