Italian Cheese Balls

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Debbie Russell 0

"The cheese balls are actually a mixture of pecan meal, bread crumbs, cheese, and eggs. After frying, they are smothered in a tomato sauce, and baked to perfection. Uncooked cheese balls can be frozen for later use."

Ingredients {{adjustedServings}} servings 483 cals

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Nutrition

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  • Calories:
  • 483 kcal
  • 24%
  • Fat:
  • 35.6 g
  • 55%
  • Carbs:
  • 26.5g
  • 9%
  • Protein:
  • 17.6 g
  • 35%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 201 mg
  • 67%
  • Sodium:
  • 651 mg
  • 26%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Directions

  1. In a large bowl, mix together pecans, bread crumbs, cheese, eggs, and onion. Shape into golf ball size balls.
  2. Heat oil in an electric deep fryer or heavy saucepan to 365 degrees F ( 170 degrees C). Add cheese balls to hot oil, and fry until brown. Fry in batches to maintain oil temperature. Transfer to an 8 inch square baking pan.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together tomato juice, tomato soup, and cumin. Cover cheese balls with sauce. Sprinkle additional cheese on top, if desired.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 15 minutes.
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Footnotes

  • Editor's Note
  • We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount may vary depending on cook time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.
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Loll
12/15/2002

Really enjoyed these ... a great change from meatballs - my family enjoyed them too. I also cooked the cheese balls in the oven to avoid deep-frying - 350 degrees for 30 min. was all that was needed. I also placed them on parchment paper so I didn't have to grease the pan either. I substituted my own spiced tomato sauce but next time I'll try the one on the recipe. Thanks Debbie!

JFOURNIER
8/29/2002

This is similar to the Italian Cheese Ball recipe I stole from Kettering Medical Center (Kettering, Ohio) in 1980 - only they called for ground walnuts, instead of pecans. I think thre's more flavor with walnuts. Strict carnivores I know don't care for this recipe, and my kids hated it. I love this recipe, however, and so do all my veggie friends. NB: I avoid all frying, so I brown the cheese balls in the oven first - 40 min at 350°F. It makes for a lot of oven time, but cuts way down on the fat intake.

TLHGWP
10/2/2002

These are excellent! I am a vegetarian and couldn't ask for a more perfect snack or appetizer for a meal. They are absolutely delicious! I accidentally left out the pecans in the first time around and they were still great! I am making them again, being sure that I remember the pecans this time! A++++++ (I hardly ever give five stars)