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Meatballs in Dill Cream Sauce

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.

Makes

4 main-dish servings

My guests really like this recipe and want to know why it's so different from other meatball dishes they've had. I tell them it's the spices I use. I usually serve this as a main dish for lunch. I created this recipe myself "from scratch".

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 8 ounces lean ground pork
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • SAUCE:
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh dill or 1 teaspoon dill weed
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream
  • Cooked buttered wide egg noodles, optional

Directions

  1. In a bowl, combine the beef, pork, onion, seasonings, crumbs and water. Shape into 1-1/4-in. balls and place on a greased rack in a shallow baking pan. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°; drain.
  2. Meanwhile, for sauce, melt butter in a large skillet. Blend in flour until smooth. Add broth; bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add dill and meatballs. Reduce heat to low; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes.
  3. Stir in cream. Cook and stir for 15 minutes or until thickened. Serve with noodles if desired or as an appetizer.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 370 calories, 22g fat (11g saturated fat), 96mg cholesterol, 833mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 25g protein.

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