Paleo Glazed Meatballs
These Paleo Glazed Meatballs are perfectly seared on the outside and fluffy on the inside. They are a great dish on their own as a small meal or snack, or served for dinner over lettuce or with a side of filling vegetables. You might even want to double to the recipe, because you are going to wish you had leftovers tomorrow 🙂 For side dishes, I definitely recommend my Crispy Air Fryer Potatoes, Broccoli is also a great veggie with this dish. If you use frozen it’ll keep this meal even simpler.
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Glazed and Confused
What makes Paleo Glazed meatballs so good? The glaze of course! A lot of glazes use brown sugar to sweeten the sauce. Since this meal is paleo, it is completely free from sugar-free. I used TrueMade food veggie ketchup because it is sweetened naturally with carrots and butternut squash, it is Paleo friendly. Firstly, I will start by mentioning this is not a sponsored post in a way, just a product I really love. You can order their ketchup directly to your door right off of Amazon. The hot sauce and balsamic vinegar round off this delicious glaze.
We coat the 1st half before we put the meatballs in the oven so the sauce, so the meatballs get nice and crisp on the outside, then we save a little bit of the leftovers to deepen that flavor profile.
Tips, Recs, Subs
- Ketchup – Whatever ketchup you use make sure you use a no sugar added version to keep it to Paleo/Whole 30 complaint. True Made Foods, is my go-to brand for veggie ketchup and bbq sauce.
- Hot sauce – I personally love Franks Red Hot. I used a 1/4 cup in this recipe, it’s not super spicy but it will give these meatballs a kick. It’s not terribly spicy, however, if you aren’t a fan of spicy I suggest you use a little less.
- Beef- I know a lot of people do a pork/beef combo for their meatballs, you don’t need to use only beef in this recipe. You can also use turkey or ground chicken.
Paleo Glazed Meatballs
- Cast Iron or oven safe skillet
For the Glaze
- 1/2 Cup Veggie Based Ketchup
- 1/4 Cup Franks Red Hot or Similar Hot Sauce Use less if you don't want too spicy, replace with more ketchup
- 4 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
For The Meatballs
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil for frying
- 1 Lb Ground Beef
- 3 Tablespoons Almond Flour
- 1 Large Egg
- 1 Handful Chopped green onion or scallions
- 1 Teaspoon Garlic powder
- 1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
- Make the glaze, combine all ingredients in small mixing bowl. Set aside. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil on high heat in a cast iron or oven proof skillet. Preheat oven to 350.
- Combine all the ingredients for the meatballs plus salt and pepper in a mixing bowl, (except the olive oil we are heating on stove) I wear gloves and use my hands for this step. Form beef mixture into meatballs, about 1.5" in diameter.
- Lower heat to medium, add meatballs, making sure not to overcrowd pan. Sear meatballs about 2-3 minutes on first side, flip over and sear for another 2-3 minutes. It's ok if they are not cooked all the way through, they will finish in the oven.
- Use 1/2 the glaze to coat the meatballs, use a brush to make sure they are coated generously and evenly. Place pan in the oven and cook for 15 minutes.
- Remove from the oven, serve with remaining glaze. Serve on their own for a snack or light meal. Serve over salad or with a side dish for a full sized meal.
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