On top of spaghetti, All covered with cheese, I lost my poor meatball, When somebody sneezed. I love this little rhyme, it makes me smile every time I make meatballs. The below baked meatballs recipe was created when I went on a brief paleo diet. It features coconut flour or almond flour instead of wheat flour to thicken the meatballs.
Another special part of this recipe is that they are baked. I started making my meatballs baked instead of pan-fried because it requires much less attention than constantly turning them in a pan. This means you will plenty of time to prep a nice big salad to accompany your meal 🙂
Also, key to this recipe is the use of a lot of herbs. I think using fresh is the best way to go. I highly recommend growing a few of your herbs own for the amazing difference in flavor and nutrients that these so many recipes benefit from. If you don’t have fresh herbs you can use dried herbs, just scale back to 1-2 teaspoons total depending on the herbs you use and their strength.
I also recommend using grass fed beef. Look for 100% grass-fed beef that has no unnecessary added antibiotics and hormones.
You can try serving these meatballs with my chunky basil and garlic tomato sauce and manchego cheese. My favorite accompaniment is spaghetti squash. Spaghetti squash with pale meatballs and homemade sauce is the perfect dinner to treat your family and friends to. It is gluten-free and includes so many beautiful veggies, nutrients and proteins. Check out my basic cooking instructions for spaghetti squash.
Recipe for Paleo Baked Meatballs with Fresh Herbs
Yield: About 15 meatballs
- 1 pound grass fed beef (or bison!)
- 1/4 cup onion diced or minced
- 1 small garlic clove chopped, minced or pressed to preference
- 1-2 large handfuls of fresh herbs chopped (basil, rosemary, parsley, oregano, etc.)
- 1 egg beaten
- 1/2 cup organic gluten-free almond flour or coconut flour for paleo diet (or you can substitute other gluten-free flours or try a flour blend being careful that none of them dominate the flavor too much). Alternatively, you could just use regular white flour.
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt or a little more to taste
- fresh ground pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 400 F.
- In medium bowl, beat egg, add onion, garlic and herbs.
- Add ground beef and mix well.
- Add flour and mix well (a few heaping tablespoons at a time so that you can mix it evenly).
- Form into 1 to 1 and ½ inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheets or shallow pans and place in oven.
- Turn every 10 minutes for 25-40 minutes until cooked to your tastes (e.x. medium-well).