spicy cajun boudin meatballs
- 1 pound Ground Beef
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- 1/4 cup chopped celery
- 1/4 cup chopped green or red bell pepper
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 cups cooked white rice
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
- Hot pepper sauce
- Heat oil in nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion, celery, bell pepper and garlic. Cook 4 to 7 minutes or until vegetables are tender and begin to brown, stirring occasionally. Transfer vegetables to large bowl; let cool 5 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Combine Ground Beef, vegetables, rice, egg and Cajun seasoning in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 24 (1-1/2 inch) meatballs.
- Place meatballs on rack in broiler pan that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Bake in 400°F oven 16 to 19 minutes or until 160°F. Serve with hot sauce, as desired.
- Test Kitchen Tips: Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed ground beef. Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F. Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness.
For easy clean up, line broiler pan (not rack) with aluminum foil.
Nutrition information per meatball, using 80% lean ground beef: 57 calories; 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat; 2 g monounsaturated fat); 20 mg cholesterol; 83 mg sodium; 3 g carbohydrate; 0.1 g fiber; 4 g protein; 1.3 mg niacin; 0.1 mg vitamin B6; 0.4 mcg vitamin B12; 0.5 mg iron; 4.2 mcg selenium; 0.9 mg zinc; 17.6 mg choline.
Nutrition information per meatball, using 95% lean ground beef: 45 calories; 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat; 1 g monounsaturated fat); 19 mg cholesterol; 82 mg sodium; 3 g carbohydrate; 0.1 g fiber; 4 g protein; 1.5 mg niacin; 0.1 mg vitamin B6; 0.5 mcg vitamin B12; 0.6 mg iron; 4.4 mcg selenium; 1.0 mg zinc; 18.6 mg choline.