The meatball. I love a good meatball. It is so easy to make, easy to prep and easy to keep in the fridge for a healthy meal or protein snack anytime. I don’t eat a ton of red meat to be honest, but I do love it and eat it a couple times a month. When I do eat it, I make sure it is organic, grass fed, free range beef- nothing filled with hormones or any other nasty stuff. This is super important in my opinion…and yes eating this way is more expensive but is your health worth it? I think it is. Plus, if you don’t eat a TON of red meat- splurge a little bit on the good stuff…your body, skin, hormone balance and health will thank you.
OK, moving on to these beauties. I made them along with my Garlic Sriracha Chicken Meatballs for our annual White Elephant holiday party and they were a HIT. It was my first time making them and serving them to guests and I was so happy with the feedback, so I wanted to make it an official FITKAT recipe!
These are lean, super flavorful and SO easy to make. Like 5 minutes to prep- no joke. And you can pour yourself a glass of organic Sauvignon Blanc to drink while they are in the oven for 15-18 minutes like I do, I certainly won’t judge. Wink.
Also, a hot little tip on these: make them ahead of time. I did this for my holiday party and it was a life saver! I made them the night before, then reheated them with some sauce in the oven the day of the party. If you are just cooking them for a normal weekday dinner, no need to make ahead obviously, but if you want to meal prep or party prep these are wonderful for that.
Easy, Delicious Garlic Herb Meatballs
1 lb lean ground beef (I use 96% organic free range)
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
1 large egg
1/3 cup minced sweet onion
2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese (omit to make them dairy free- the bit of cheese just makes them a little extra juicy)
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon fennel seeds (full seeds, not ground) *This makes them taste SO DAMN GOOD!!!
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon fresh black pepper
Heat the oven to 400 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix with your hands. Don’t over mix, just mush it all together until all the ingredients seem evenly distributed!
Line a cookie sheet with tin foil, and spray with cooking spray- I like the coconut oil spray from Trader Joes. Form the meat mixture into meatballs about the size of a ping pong ball. Once all the balls are formed and on the prepped cookie sheet, sprinkle them with a bit more sea salt and bake in the oven for 15-18 minutes until they are golden brown. I like to put the oven on broil for about 2 minutes at the end of the cooking session- so they get that amazing crisp brown top.
Serve them solo or put them into your favorite tomato sauce- personally I love them in tomato sauce, it just makes them feel so comforting and extra delicious.
Serve and enjoy!
OH and this is a perfect holiday dish to bring to a party or potluck- super easy and sure to please everyone!