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Gluten Free Meatballs

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Ingredients:

1lb ground beef (I use grass fed organic ground beef)
2 eggs
1 cup gluten free breadcrumbs (I make my own, but they also sell them in stores)
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 TB chopped garlic
1 tsp dried parsley
1.5 TB dried minced onion
salt & pepper

Instructions:

1.  Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

2.  In your stand mixer with the paddle attachment, mix the eggs, breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, garlic, parsley and onion.  Add a few twists of salt and pepper (I say twists because I have salt and pepper grinders...I twist about 5 times).

3.  Add your beef and mix until well combined.  You could also mix this by hand...it would just take longer.

4.  On a parchment paper lined baking sheet, form 2 inch meatballs very gently.  Don't press hard and compact them like a snowball...you want them to be nice and light, almost like they might fall apart.  They also don't have to be perfectly round...see pictures above.

5.  Bake for 23 minutes.  (Yes, bake...not fry.  The crispy edge little bits they form in the oven will melt off into your tomato sauce and add lots of good flavor)

Makes about 13 meatballs (2 in each).  You can eat them immediately, store in the fridge for a few hours/days, or freeze them for later. 

Notes:  These are super easy and based on my Italian grandmother's original recipe.  While the meatballs are baking, I whip up a quick marinara sauce using glass jar tomatoes and tomato paste (see photos above).   I serve these to my 3 year old cut up into pieces, swimming in the homemade marinara sauce.  He devours them.   I serve them to my husband with pasta and salad.  He never complains....

Why do I make everything on a parchment paper lined baking sheet?  Because I am lazy and refuse to wash dishes by hand.   It is also very handy for making sure that there is no wheat/gluten cross contamination leftover on pans.

Why do I bake these instead of the traditional pan frying?   Because it takes much less time, and I don't like having to clean up oil splatters on my stove.

Love the recipe. But don't like Gluten Free bought breadcrumbs. How do I make my own?

Thank you. I will try this weekend.
Two ways! You can make homemade bread, slice it and pulverize it in the food processor. Or you can buy a loaf of store bought GF bread (I like Rudi's Multigrain because its GMO-free...in the freezer section) and put that in the food processor. Either way you tear the slices into large chunks and pulse a few times. I do both and they both work really well! I store the bread crumbs in 1 cup portions in Ziploc bags in the freezer :)

Thank you. I like Rudi's Multigrain too. But didn't know I could re-freeze the meatballs.

You can definitely freeze both the breadcrumbs and the meatballs. For the meatballs, make sure you cover them completely with tomato sauce before freezing (at least that's what I do). It keeps freezer burn from forming. I put one or two meatballs in a Ziploc baggie with about 1/2-1 cup of sauce and freeze them in individual portions.

peter phile7 months ago

I found it hard but i managed to pull through *fap

Ranie-K1 year ago
What -no horses? :)