Baked Italian Meatballs

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Total Recipe Time:  30 to 35 minutes
Makes 4 servings

1 pound Ground Beef (90% to 95% lean)
1/4 cup seasoned dry bread crumbs
1 egg
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1.Heat oven to 400°F. Combine Ground Beef, bread crumbs, egg, water, garlic, salt and pepper in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Shape into twelve 2-inch meatballs. Place on rack in broiler pan. Bake in 400°F oven 17 to 19 minutes.
2.Serve with pasta sauce over hot cooked pasta or as sandwiches in crusty Italian rolls, if desired.

Cook's Tip:  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.

Nutritional Information
Nutrition information per serving: 272 calories; 11 g fat (4 g saturated fat; 3 g monounsaturated fat); 115 mg cholesterol; 95 mg sodium; 14 g carbohydrate; 2.9 g fiber; 28 g protein; 5.2 mg niacin; 0.3 mg vitamin B6; 2.3 mcg vitamin B12; 3.8 mg iron; 24.9 mcg selenium; 6.1 mg zinc.

This recipe is an excellent source of protein, niacin, vitamin B12, iron, selenium and zinc; and a good source of fiber and vitamin B6.
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