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Chef Bill’s Magnificent Meatballs



Chef Bill's Magnificent Meatballs
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Chef Bill, my paramour and recipe developer extraordinaire, is no stranger to crafting delicious meatballs. Ditto for meatloaf, by the way. Check out his carb-free meatloaf in "Clean Comfort." Over the years, Bill regularly made different versions of Italian meatballs, Swedish meatballs, and ginger-tinged Asian meatballs. But these are different. They kind of stopped me in my tracks at first bite. At once intensely moist and aromatic, they were superior. "It's the eggs," Bill said in response to my raving. These are too delicious not so share, and a perfect winter meal. And, a fantastic Super Bowl snack, if you roll them small, bake them, then toss 'em in the slow cooker with your favorite sauce to keep warm. Since I'm pretty discriminating with carbs and I prefer to food-combine anyway, I've come to enjoy the simplicity of homemade meatballs bathed in a high-quality Marinara (meaning one with Extra Virgin Olive Oil as an ingredient, and no sugar) and a side vegetable. No cramps, bloating, or regret. It remains of my favorite cold-weather meals. Either way, these are worth a try. This recipe's a keeper.
    Servings Prep Time
    6 people 20 minutes
    Cook Time
    30 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    6 people 20 minutes
    Cook Time
    30 minutes
    Chef Bill's Magnificent Meatballs
    Print Recipe
    Chef Bill, my paramour and recipe developer extraordinaire, is no stranger to crafting delicious meatballs. Ditto for meatloaf, by the way. Check out his carb-free meatloaf in "Clean Comfort." Over the years, Bill regularly made different versions of Italian meatballs, Swedish meatballs, and ginger-tinged Asian meatballs. But these are different. They kind of stopped me in my tracks at first bite. At once intensely moist and aromatic, they were superior. "It's the eggs," Bill said in response to my raving. These are too delicious not so share, and a perfect winter meal. And, a fantastic Super Bowl snack, if you roll them small, bake them, then toss 'em in the slow cooker with your favorite sauce to keep warm. Since I'm pretty discriminating with carbs and I prefer to food-combine anyway, I've come to enjoy the simplicity of homemade meatballs bathed in a high-quality Marinara (meaning one with Extra Virgin Olive Oil as an ingredient, and no sugar) and a side vegetable. No cramps, bloating, or regret. It remains of my favorite cold-weather meals. Either way, these are worth a try. This recipe's a keeper.
      Servings Prep Time
      6 people 20 minutes
      Cook Time
      30 minutes
      Servings Prep Time
      6 people 20 minutes
      Cook Time
      30 minutes
      Ingredients
      • 1 pound organic ground beef
      • 1 pound organic ground pork not Italian sausage
      • 3/4 cup gluten-free matzo meal or breadcrumbs
      • 3/4 cup gluten-free canned onion rings Aldi markets carries gluten-free onion rings
      • 4 eggs well beaten
      • 1 1/2 tablespoons Oregano paste available in refrigerated section of the produce section, comes in a tube
      • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
      • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
      • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
      Servings: people
      Instructions
      1. Preheat oven to 350.
      2. In a small bowl, sift dry ingredients together and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, add the meat, eggs, oregano paste, garlic, and tomato paste and blend with hands or potato masher until evenly blended.
      3. Add the dry ingredients to the meat mixture gradually until it's all well blended.
      4. Spray a large sheet pan with shallow sides with non-stick cooking spray. Scoop meatball mixture into quarter-cup measurer, making it a level, not heaping quarter cup. Form into a ball with your hands by rolling the alloted portion between your palms and place on the baking sheet. Meatballs should be placed at least an inch apart from one another.
      5. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the read 160 with a meat thermometer. Blot with paper towels before serving. These also store well in the refrigerator for up to a week.
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