Bitochki Recipe

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  1. Melt the butter in a large saute pan on medium heat, add onion and saute for 10-15 minutes or until carmelized; remove from heat; and save to roll the meatballs into this onion mixture during Step 6.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a RIMMED cookie sheet with foil (for easier clean up) .
  3. Cut the crusts off the bread and break into 1/2 inch pieces.
  4. Soak the bread in milk; squeeze so it is almost dry; and discard milk.
  5. Mix the beef and bread in a large bowl; add salt, pepper, parsley, tarragon, lemon juice, garlic, and egg; blend well.
  6. Shape into 1 inch sized balls; roll meatballs in caramelized onion.
  7. Mix bread crumbs and paprika on a dinner plate; roll the meat balls in the bread crumb mixture.
  8. Put meatballs onto cookie sheet; bake at 400 degrees for 12 minutes or until browned-CHECK after 6 minutes to see if they need turning. (If you are making pasta, start your pasta water).
  9. While the meatballs are browning, add butter to the saute pan you started with, when almost melted add in next 1/4 cup of onion; saute onion until SOFT. (You might need to add more butter).
  10. Add mushrooms; cook till soft-here you might want to add two tablespoons or more of water to keep things going.
  11. Add the wine, sour cream, and milk but do NOT let it boil.
  12. Stir in pepper and nutmeg.
  13. Taste test to see how much salt you want to add-I added 1/4 teaspoon.
  14. Add in spinach, if you want a bit of green vegetable; blend thoroughly.
  15. After meatballs brown, check to see if centers are done, if not remove with slotted spoon to an oven safe casserole dish; reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees and put casserole into oven to finish cooking.
  16. Top with sauce when cooked; flavor improves with standing.
  17. Serve with noodles or potatoes.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 469.94 Kcal (1968 kJ)
Calories from fat 252.44 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28.05g 43%
Cholesterol 144.67mg 48%
Sodium 1029.45mg 43%
Potassium 823.13mg 18%
Total Carbs 22.81g 8%
Sugars 4.86g 19%
Dietary Fiber 3.76g 15%
Protein 31.19g 62%
Vitamin C 5.9mg 10%
Vitamin A 0.5mg 15%
Iron 4.8mg 26%
Calcium 308.8mg 31%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 127.27 Kcal (533 kJ)
Calories from fat 68.37 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7.6g 43%
Cholesterol 39.18mg 48%
Sodium 278.81mg 43%
Potassium 222.93mg 18%
Total Carbs 6.18g 8%
Sugars 1.32g 19%
Dietary Fiber 1.02g 15%
Protein 8.45g 62%
Vitamin C 1.6mg 10%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 15%
Iron 1.3mg 26%
Calcium 83.6mg 31%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 11
  • 12

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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