I love very simple recipes. It is true that sometimes the more work you put into something the better it will be. However, it is also sometimes true that less is more. In this case I think the latter applies.
I know that meatballs are best when you add breadcrumbs to make them moist and add flavor but, when you are eating low-carb or gluten-free that is not an option. This is another recipe that I made for my father and it is a very basic, yet reliable recipe for meatballs. It may not have breadcrumbs or other high carb ingredients added to it, but these meatballs are not missing any of that. These meatballs are just as good as their carb-filled cousins. I would gladly serve them to guests, regardless of whether they were low-carb and/or gluten-free or not.
They can be either baked or fried and served with any sauce that you like. Spaghetti or marinara sauce are the most obvious choices of course, but feel free to eat these with creamy sauces too.
- 1 pound or 500 grams ground beef
- 2 large eggs
- 6 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix well. Roll into 2 to 2 1/2 tablespoon sized balls (about the size of a golf ball) and place on parchment lined baking sheet. Now you can either choose to bake them or fry them in a pan. To bake, heat oven to 375 degrees F (190 C) and bake for 20 - 25 minutes until done all the way through. To fry, heat a few tablespoons of butter or oil in medium skillet over medium heat and fry meatball until done on all sides and inside, 6 - 8 minutes.
- Serve with marinara or your favorite pasta sauce. If you are eating low carb, these can be served over cooked vegetables such as thinly sliced zucchini or riced cauliflower. If you are only gluten free, these can be eaten with gluten free pasta.
Please observe food safety when dealing with raw meat and be sure to thoroughly wash hands and equipment that comes in contact with it when handling.