Venison Meatballs

Venison meatballs
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  • 6 hrs 25 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins,
  • Cook: 6 hrs
  • Yield: 3 dozen meatballs (12 servings)
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This recipe for tasty venison meatballs is cooked in a slow cooker with tomato sauce with green pepper and onions and basil. Serve these saucy venison meatballs over spaghetti or pasta.

What You'll Need

  • 3 pounds venison (ground)
  • 1 egg (lightly beaten)
  • 3 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste (divided)
  • 2 cups onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 large green bell peppers (divided)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons oregano (dried, divided)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup uncooked oatmeal (or fine dry breadcrumbs)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 3 (15 ounces each) cans tomato sauce
  • 4 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 bay leaf

How to Make It

  1. Mix venison with the egg, 2 tablespoons tomato paste, half of the chopped onion, half of the chopped green pepper, 1 teaspoon oregano, 1 teaspoon salt, and the uncooked oatmeal.
  2. Moisten with a little tomato sauce if the mixture is dry. Mix well, form into meatballs. In a large non-stick skillet over medium-low heat, add the 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil.
  3. Cook meatballs in batches until browned on all sides; transfer to a baking dish and cover with foil.
  1. Bake for about 40 minutes at 350 degrees F. Cool then refrigerate until an hour before serving. Note: The meatballs can be made the night before serving.
  2. Make the sauce: in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker, combine remaining tomato sauce and paste, 1/2 teaspoon oregano, 1/2 teaspoon basil, remaining chopped onion, remaining chopped green peppers, and minced garlic. Cook for 5 to 6 hours on low setting. Check a few times and add a little water, if necessary.
  3. Add bay leaf and meatballs one hour before serving time. Remove the bay leaf, taste and adjust seasonings, and serve hot over pasta.

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Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 405
Total Fat 18 g
Saturated Fat 6 g
Unsaturated Fat 8 g
Cholesterol 118 mg
Sodium 204 mg
Carbohydrates 24 g
Dietary Fiber 4 g
Protein 37 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)