Deliciously Baked Cheesy Moose Meatballs

I absolutely love making healthy versions of classic comfort foods.  Probably because, in my rationale, having healthier food means I can eat more.  Right?  However, I know there is only so much lean chicken and turkey I can feed my boys before they start begging for some red meat.

Fortunately, we are a hunting family, and our freezer is stocked full of wild game, which is much leaner (and cheaper) than store bought beef.  On the menu this evening?  Moose.  Even better--spaghetti and moose (cheesy) meatballs.

Moose meat is a wonderful healthy alternative to beef as it hosts a variety of great health benefits.  Not only does it have a little over 100 calories and 22 grams of protein per serving, it is very low in fat and completely carb free.  Now, that is not to say I don't add my fair share of carbs to the meatballs, but I digress.

As with most things I cook, if it can be baked over fried, it will be.  And these meatballs are no different.  So pull out that parchment paper and line a baking sheet to lessen the mess and get ready to enjoy a healthy "wild" version of a classic comfort food.

  • 1 lb moose meat 
  • 1 tbs minced garlic
  • 1/4 c. whole grain bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 2-3 tbs ketchup
  • 1/4 c. sprinkle parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 c. shredded cheese of your choice (set aside)
  • salt and pepper to taste

1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
3. Combine meat, garlic, bread crumbs, egg, ketchup, parmesan cheese and salt/pepper.

Sidenote: I am absolutely in LOVE with my KitchenAid Mixer.  I was able to put all of the ingredients in the bowl at the same time and mix on low for a few minutes.  Thus saving my wrists the pain of mixing over a pound of heavy meat and eliminating the need to mix the ingredients separately.

4. Roll into 1-inch balls and place on baking sheet.

5. Bake for 20 minutes or until meatballs are cooked thoroughly.
6. Top with shredded set aside cheese and broil for 1-2 minutes.

7. Add to a delicious bowl full of spaghetti and sauce.

Note: Recipe can be used with beef or other varieties of wild game.  Cooking times may vary slightly.


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