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    Does anyone know a good way to make meatballs stick together without using breadcrumbs? Anyone have a good recipe?

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    i use shredded coconut instead of breadcrumbs. I have recipe with pics posted yesterday in my journal (link in my signature)

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    Thanks, but I don't like fresh (or dried) coconut. I can handle coconut oil in my cooking, but I really can't tolerate any coconut flavor or the texture (I know that's a mental thing). How much does the coconut come through once cooked?

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    I use one egg per pound of meat plus about 4 T of almond flour.

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    i dont notice the flavor of coconut at all in my meatballs, but i guess you could use nuts in the food processor or a nut flour. Ive used chopped walnuts before and those were good. and yes, eggs as well

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    You can just leave the bread crumbs out. I do the same thing with meat loaf and I've never had a problem keeping them together. Bread crumbs (cracker crumbs, oatmeal) were originally used as a filler to stretch the meat further. Eggs keep the mixture together.
    ~Sandy


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    +1 for eggs being the binder. If extra eggs make your balls gooey (ahem), throw in some dry ingredients like chopped onion perhaps?

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    I'll just try them as normal. I was planning on doing something similar to meatloaf, just making balls instead. I really don't want to use coconut, so I'll just use the eggs and maybe some diced green onion. Thanks for the ideas! I'm confident they'll work now.

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    DO you have access to pork rinds? You could use those as a binder. I personally use shredded coconut, I don't find the coconut adds any kind of flavor to them that I noticed.

    My MIL makes hamburger patties with nothin but meat. No binder, no nothin. You could try it.

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    If you put some liver through a food processor to form a paste and then mix it thoroughly into the meat ball mix, that binds it and adds tons of valuable nutrients too. Especially loads of vit A!!

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